Johnathan Nolan Shares His Thoughts On Ben Affleck As Batman

Brother of Acclaimed Film Director Christopher Nolan Weighs in On Ben Affleck Becoming The Dark Knight. Hit The Jump!

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By Starfox - 4/17/2014

Jonathan Nolan Weighs In On Ben Affleck As Batman by LarryKingNow

when asked about if he felt surprised by the announcement from Warner Bros in August that Ben Affleck would take over the cape and cowl from Christian Bale, he had this to say:

"No, I think it’s… Warner Bros has a fantastic relationship with Ben. He’s a fantastic filmmaker, and a phenomenal lead. I think he’s going to be an incredible Batman".

While Batman isn’t a “super”hero in the sense he doesn’t fly, crush drones with his bare hands, it’s that exact human-only ability which is why many, including Jonah Nolan, like him so much,

"That’s why I like the character. His superpowers were rage and money. There was nothing extraordinary about him. He was an ordinary man, sufficiently pissed off to want and go turn his life into a simple go out and fight crime in the middle of the night".

Source: Daily Motion
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DaVinci31 - 4/17/2014, 8:02 AM
Even though I think Jonathan Nolan is the unsung hero of the TDK franchise, I think there is plenty of more depth to Bruce Wayne/ Batman than what he has described.
MrStarLord - 4/17/2014, 8:07 AM
McNyagano - 4/17/2014, 8:07 AM
Along with his brother, he's real brains behind TDK. I really wish he was working on MOS2/Trinity/Justice League movie.
SuperCat - 4/17/2014, 8:09 AM
Ben is a good actor. I wouldn't exactly call him "phenomenal" though.
Doopie - 4/17/2014, 8:10 AM
Ben was the bomb in Phantoms tho
OpticBlastWins - 4/17/2014, 8:14 AM
word bitch phantoms like a motherfu.........
LP4 - 4/17/2014, 8:22 AM
This is getting stupid hearing all these actors and filmmakers give their thoughts on Affleck as Batman. Of course they are all gonna say good things about it and be "supportive" of it.

Do we really need the constant flow of "this actor/director thinks Affleck will be a good Batman" we get it already. We've had at least a dozen other articles like this. To be honest, it's the constant need for reassurance that now worries me.
typicalfanboy - 4/17/2014, 8:23 AM
He's not ordinary. Batman is extremely intelligent, something they kinda forgot about in the tdk trilogy.
LP4 - 4/17/2014, 8:29 AM
@crashrender- Not just extremely intelligent but also at the peak of human physical potential. Batman isn't ordinary. Jonathan Nolan got it way wrong here.

But Snyder is the man. If anyone can showcase Batman being at peak physical and mental human capabilities, it's him.
arsonjack - 4/17/2014, 8:41 AM
mbembet - 4/17/2014, 8:53 AM
snyder is awful director but i can't wait to see ben affleck kicks the crap out of man of shit
SaxoWolf - 4/17/2014, 9:00 AM

show the suits.
soforizo - 4/17/2014, 9:05 AM
Love J Nolan's work on Person of Interest. I wish he was involve in BvS or any future DC project.
NetmanTripleSec - 4/17/2014, 9:24 AM
This is the guy who should've done the MOS script.

"Ben has a great working relationship with the studio". No [frick]ing shit. Which is EXACTLY why they want him to be Batman. The only reason why. They tried to give him Justice League a few years back. They want him involved any way possible since they get him for a good price.

Man [frick] WB.
0megaDaGod - 4/17/2014, 10:02 AM

For the first time we agree

The guy didn't even audition. He's here to lend credibility and to direct movies in the future.

I wouldn't be surprised if being a great Batman wasn't even on the list
DrunkenNukem - 4/17/2014, 10:05 AM
He should return to write the script for the new batman with Ben, he could co-write with it with Scott Snyder
BlackIceJoe - 4/17/2014, 10:24 AM
I disagree with Johnathan. Bruce is an extraordinary person. Why he is one of the greatest detectives out there. He's a very smart man. He's also a very smart strategist, tactician & martial artist.

I also disagree with him being a pissed off man filled with rage. I think of Bruce as a man that wants to see the world bettered. Who feels like the GCPD is flooded with so much crime that they need an extra hand.

I guess if you only read what Mark Miller wrote then I guess I can kind of see where he is coming from. But I was never really a fan of the Dark Knight Returns story. It just makes Superman a loser and greatly overpowers Batman. Plus makes him out to be a jurk.

I also can say without a doubt if Bruce lost all his money he would still be fighting crime. Look at what happened to Oliver Queen when he lost all of his money. He didn't give up and cry that he had no money. He still went out to save and help Star City.

So I believe Bruce would be fighting crime in Gotham still. Because it's not like he will forget how to fight or solve crimes.

Look what the Nolan brothers did with the Dark Knight was a good movie series. But it wasn't the Batman of the comics. Bruce wouldn't hide in his house after the death of a person he lost. Look at what he did after the death of Jason. He carried that with him but he still went out and was the Caped Crusader. Even after the GCPD would be out to take him down he would still be doing his thing. Because crime didn't decide to stop happening. Even with Batman now having to make sure the GCPD doesn't kill him he would still be trying to save Gotham.

I want to say again I enjoyed what the Nolan brothers brought out. But I want to see something new and not more of the same. That's why I love the multiverse and Else World stories. You get to see how your favorite characters would act in a different life.

I just now want to see the Batman of the DC comics.
LEEE777 - 4/17/2014, 10:28 AM
Pha, No way in hell Affleck will be anywhere near as good as Bale or Keaton.

Still he's not exactly carrying the whole movie by himself, so might be okay.

l0rdleg0las - 4/17/2014, 11:11 AM

Affleck will own Bale and Keaton. In fact, it won't take much to outdo Bale's Nolanized pussy Batman
TwistedKingdom - 4/17/2014, 11:12 AM

Agreed! I also took issue with the TDK saying that, after a year, Bruce was already considering giving up being Batman. Then there's the eight year gap with TDKR. Add it up and you get a lesser Bruce Wayne. One who didn't really think the crime fighting idea through.
LEEE777 - 4/17/2014, 11:17 AM
l0rdleg0las @ Ok, BALE ain't as perfect as KEATON but...

Affleck, get out lol ;p

Might be up there with Kilmer, wont be no Clooney though so all's good.
SoundWave - 4/17/2014, 11:37 AM
Whe needs his opinion? Meh...
Nomis1800 - 4/17/2014, 11:42 AM
I [frick]ing love Christopher and Jonathan Nolan.

Still anxious to see Ben as the new Bruce Wayne/Batman though…

Now… Show us the suits!
FordEl - 4/17/2014, 11:56 AM

He wasnt a less Bruce Wayne. He was far more devloped and everything became full circle. They told a beginning, a middle, and an end with his afilliation with Batman. He finally did all he wanted to do, even in TDK they were mentioning that "He cant do this forever, someone has to take up the mantle" . He relearned conquering fear like he did in Begins and it was a pretty powerful sequence.
AwesomeSauce - 4/17/2014, 11:57 AM
Is Chris Nolan still attached to the SupermanVsBatman project? Ben Affleck sure has his merits in motion pictures, but will the people accept a Batman which isn't Nolan's.
Bloodraven - 4/17/2014, 12:04 PM
Meanwhile, here's Bale's reaction: