EDITORIAL: Why Comic Book Fans Are 100% WRONG About Ben Affleck As BATMAN

Well, the majority of them anyway! We've had some time to digest Ben Affleck as Batman now, but the response from a lot of comic book fans is still as negative as it was when the press release was issued by Warner Bros. Here's my take on why the former Man Without Fear IS the right man of the job...

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By Josh Wilding - 9/7/2013

Despite rumours - if you can really call them that - which indicated that Christian Bale would be returning to don the cape and cowl, we all knew that Zack Snyder’s Batman/Superman movie would more than likely end up featuring a new actor as the Caped Crusader. When a shortlist of potential candidates were revealed by The Hollywood Reporter, it was hard for even the pickiest of fans to find a name they couldn’t get on board with. Josh Brolin? Ryan Gosling? Richard Armitage? Sold. Perhaps that's why it was so shocking that Warner Bros. (completely out of the blue) decided to name their new Batman via press release, and it was someone familiar with a dark and brooding vigilante; Daredevil star Ben Affleck.

Since then, Affleck has of course gone on to deliver a number of superb performances, as well as directing such fantastic films as Gone Baby Gone, The Town and Argo (the latter two of which feature those aforementioned superb performances). So why then was the reaction so incredibly negative? While he certainly has his supporters, hours after the announcement was made, petitions were started and mass suicide protests promised. Throw in the fact that “#BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck” was trending worldwide on Twitter for over a day, and it seems fair to say that he’s not a popular choice with comic book fans OR the regular moviegoer. In the couple of weeks or so since, countless celebrities have been asked for their opinions and countless parody videos have been made in order to gauge the reaction from everyone from Germans to Boston natives. It’s been insane.

Regardless, I don’t think it’s in the least bit premature to say that those doubting Affleck are 100% WRONG. While he may forever carry the stigma of “Bennifer” and a string of terrible performances in even more terrible movies, his recent work should be more than enough to ease the minds of any and all doubters. The fact is that in his last two movies, he delivered two very solid and impressive performances which should be more than enough to prove that he has the acting ability to deliver a suitably impressive take on Batman. As much as I loved Christian Bale, his version of both the Bruce Wayne and Batman characters was really not all that faithful to the comic books and with a director like Zack Snyder at the helm, Affleck has the chance to deliver the definitive take on the Caped Crusader we’ve all been waiting for. What’s not to like about that?

Crucially, Affleck also looks the part of an older and experienced Batman. All of the right ingredients are there and now we just have to have faith that Snyder and screenwriter David Goyer are able to deliver the goods. With Affleck’s own impressive resume including the Academy Award winning Argo, it’s hard to imagine that he doesn’t know enough about this movie to not have complete faith in it, and that’s why we need to have faith in Affleck. While we’re all guilty of at one time declaring a casting decision or movie to be the worst idea ever, it’s hard to truly look back and imagine anything quite as controversial and polarising as Ben Affleck being cast as Batman. Either way, rather than taking the wait and see approach with this one (as in those who doubted him being proved wrong, a la Joss Whedon and The Avengers), just accept now that Warner Bros. have made one hell of a smart decision in this instance. Close your eyes for a second and imagine Affleck as Batman – in a costume similar to the one used in the Arkham video games – knocking seven bells out of Henry Cavill’s Superman. Imagine him in an Affleck helmed Batman movie based in Gotham City or even leading the Justice League into battle.

At the end of the day, everyone is entitled to their opinion and it’s hard to imagine many changing their minds about Ben Affleck as Batman until they actually see him in action in July, 2015. However, I’m already confident enough in him at this point that I’m willing to say now that he WILL deliver the best Batman to grace the big screen ever, and if you don’t believe that? Well, you’re just wrong. You can even quote me on that two years from now!

What do you guys think?


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SageMode - 9/7/2013, 11:24 AM
Affleck's acting sucks. That's why. NEXT!!!?
MrCameron - 9/7/2013, 11:27 AM
ANOTHER of these editorials?

DudeGuyMan - 9/7/2013, 11:37 AM
Listen to the Foo Fighters and just let it die!

SageMode - 9/7/2013, 11:37 AM
Josh must've wasted all his 100s at Twin Peaks last month.........
TheBlackNerd - 9/7/2013, 11:38 AM
Make that 110% and you've got yourself an A+ article bub!
CobbsTotem - 9/7/2013, 11:41 AM
The editorials might suck, but Wilding knows how to poke at the fan boys sore spots.
OldBenKenobi - 9/7/2013, 11:41 AM
Josh is right, you're all wrong. If they get the basic fundamentals of the character right (which I trust they will) then Affleck will be the best ever.
Tymminator - 9/7/2013, 11:42 AM
I'm good with Affleck.
localman22 - 9/7/2013, 11:42 AM
Affleck has shown in his recent films that he is a good actor. He's an Oscar winner and a comic book fan, so I think he at least deserves a "wait and see." People keep pointing to his work from 10 or more years ago and fail to recognize how good his more recent work has been.

Besides, this will not be a "Batman" movie. It is a Man of Steel sequel, so Ben won't even be the lead actor. People should stop with the "Affleck's acting sucks." lines and give the guy a chance.
thewonderer - 9/7/2013, 11:45 AM
Next Editorial

EDITORIAL: Why Josh Wilding is 100% WRONG About Pacific Rim.
SoundWave - 9/7/2013, 11:45 AM
Only haters are wrong. Afflec will be GREAT Batman and great Bruce Wayne. Perfect choice!
SkullFace616 - 9/7/2013, 11:46 AM
Totally agree with what you've said here.
DudeGuyMan - 9/7/2013, 11:48 AM
People don't like Wilding editorials because they are redundant and get on main without upvotes.
MrMartinMarvel - 9/7/2013, 11:48 AM
Ugh, not more Batfleck.
CavEl - 9/7/2013, 11:49 AM


It's not even Batman's movie, stop annoying people, bat-dweebs.
SaxoWolf - 9/7/2013, 11:50 AM
He's gonna be great as Batman.
ADomenick91092 - 9/7/2013, 11:50 AM
I'm completely okay with Affleck playing Batman. I thought it an odd choice at first, but he makes sense for the role. As long as Snyder and Goyer know what they're doing, it will be awesome.
superbatspiderman - 9/7/2013, 11:53 AM
Ben Affleck is a hit or miss type of actor. LAtely he has been doing more hitting but that is from movies that he has control over. He hasn't been in a movie that he hasn't directed in a while so this could be different from his movies.

I think this movie could be one of two thing. It can be really good or really bad but there is a larger margin for the good. I am cautiously optimistic about Affleck as Batman.
BlackBat5034 - 9/7/2013, 11:54 AM
Affleck has became a good actor over the recent years. I think Josh has it right! Yes in the past Affleck has made some bad choices in his acting career but what actor hasn't. @localman22 I agree this is a Man of Steel sequel and everyone should "wait and see" before passing judgement.
AustinFan4Life - 9/7/2013, 11:54 AM
I'm not saying Ben Afflect is a terrible actor, but to use the excuse that Ben will be a success just because of his last film, that he'll do good is just asinine. I mean even a minor leaguer can hit a home run off a big leaguer once in a while. So take a look at Afflect's filmography & you'll see nearly 4 out of every 5 films he makes, ends up being terrible. Yes, most of those bad movies were from 10 years ago, but you still gotta look at a person's past to determine success. Could Affleck hit a home run, with his portrayal of Batman? Possibly. Likely? No. And that's based upon his over worth as an actor, not just his last film, like some people will use the excuse of. It's still going to be interesting either way.
KIDDSOUL - 9/7/2013, 11:55 AM
I wonder how Affleck feels about all these ridiculous petitions and opinions. I wonder what is he doing. What is his say on the matter?

He's probably eating loads of chicken breast and gargling up protein shakes to prove all the naysayers wrong.

I got the impression that with all the batman's before, this one will be Warner Brothers best version of Batman. Two words... production stills.
CaptainObvious - 9/7/2013, 11:56 AM
What I find idiotic is that fact that some people sent a petition to the White House to revoke this casting.

There is a growing crisis in Syria, the economy is doing poorly, and these morons are worried about a casting decision over all that.
ALegendaryPanda - 9/7/2013, 11:56 AM
I actually agree with this raging douche for once! Ben Affleck will be an amazing and badass Batman. I just hope the focus stays on Superman since it's his movie after all.
DudeGuyMan - 9/7/2013, 11:58 AM
Here's some advice for everyone.

Stop talking about Batfleck!

djkpat - 9/7/2013, 11:59 AM
he's a good actor, director and producer, but he just doesn't look like batman, and would severely need to alter his voice to a certain depth to don the cowl as well, not to mention bulk like another 6 inches around his torso and 3 inches on his arms and legs. Aesthetics is my main issue. Bruce is not a character that can just be cast as any white guy, the chin, bulk, and vocal tone are all very essential. Pretty much the reason clooney failed playing him, probably the worst incarnation by far.
charlie2094 - 9/7/2013, 12:00 PM
I 100% agree and 100% think Ben Affleck is going to be great as Batman. He's a fantastic director and brilliant actor, going to be great in the role, looks the part too.

Besides, he beat out everyone else up for the role, including awful choices like Scott Adkins, so he's obviously good. How people can say he's a bad choice when they never saw the audition or the ideas he had that won him the role is crazy. Ok he wasn't your choice, but he beat out everyone else for a reason.

They don't just give roles like Batman out to anyone. Especially after having had two $1 billion+ films...he's going to be great.
Tajin88 - 9/7/2013, 12:03 PM
Now for real, Its over guys. We had a great time with Nolans work, but whatever comes next, will suck.
Ranger14 - 9/7/2013, 12:05 PM
Saying they are a 100% wrong carries as much weight as you thinking you are a 100% right. It's all subjective and a matter of opinion. Not even Afleck's recent films have done anything to convince me he is a great actor and won't give us anything but the typical Ben Affleck we have seen over the years. We can't convolute his directing skills with his acting skills, two different things. I am just not a fan of putting a big, popular name in the Batman role. all I am going to see is Affleck, which diminishes credibility for me immediately. That is my opinion and I won't claim to be 100% right, but it is how I feel. He will have to prove me wrong. Until then...I will remain skeptical.
Folchibas - 9/7/2013, 12:08 PM
Holy editorial overuse Batman!
MrMartinMarvel - 9/7/2013, 12:08 PM
I think Ben will own the role, but this is still gonna be an annoying two years.
McNyagano - 9/7/2013, 12:09 PM
ForeverPowerful - 9/7/2013, 12:11 PM
I'm not saying your article sucks, your a good writer, but its redundant as all hell.

We've gotten at least a hundred of the these over the past month, and they all have said the exact same thing. We don't need another one of these, especially not immediately put up on main.
Kyos - 9/7/2013, 12:11 PM
Okay, thanks to Josh W. we now KNOW not only that the Justice League movie WILL curb stomp Avengers, but also that Affleck WILL deliver the best Batman performance ever...!

Good times for CBM fans, I guess - even for those fools with 100% wrong opinions due to not being able to see in the future!! :D
Ranger14 - 9/7/2013, 12:12 PM
BlackJack@ Clooney had the look and bulk? Really? Amazing how people can have such different perspectives. Clooney is a much better actor than Affleck, but even that couldn't save him playing the part. He just wasn't right for it as far as I am concerned.
Reni - 9/7/2013, 12:13 PM
Why do people keep falling for this guy's articles? Don't you see he wants to make fanboys rage and get more hits with the provocative titles?
StrangerX - 9/7/2013, 12:13 PM
Id he's an already mature Batman does that mean we will finally get a good portrayal of Robin or Barbara Gorden in the new series.

I hope its titled The Batman or Gotham Knights
McNyagano - 9/7/2013, 12:13 PM
@Ranger14


DudeGuyMan - 9/7/2013, 12:15 PM
aresww3 - 9/7/2013, 12:17 PM
He´s going to be a the best best best best best best best batman ever and I was 100 percent wrong before. You´ve finally convinced me. Arkham asylum, why didn´t I think of that? Go Affleck.
SageMode - 9/7/2013, 12:18 PM
LevitiShit

That's your opinion. Not mine
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