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.
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:
113 - 4/17/2014, 12:06 PM
Always throws me for a loop that one Nolan bro is English and the other American.
Ranger14 - 4/17/2014, 12:10 PM
I agree with many that say Batman IS extraordinary. He wouldn't be Batman if he weren't.

Affleck has never owned a role in his adult career. Doubt he will start now. He is there based on name and his relationship with WB only. I'm not sure I want anyone to "own" the role of an old and weary Batman. I guess with his lack of charisma on screen Affleck could pull off a weary Batman. In that sense he could "own" the role. :-p
goatman - 4/17/2014, 12:12 PM
BlackIceJoe - 4/17/2014, 10:24 AM
"I just now want to see the Batman of the DC comics."

There in lies the problem. There are many versions of Batman. I grew up watching the television show, while at the same time reading the 70's Denny O'Neil stuff. Later, Frank Miller's Dark Knight hardened Batman into a veteran of doling out justice.

Younger people will remember the post-Crisis Batman, or the Bruce Timm Batman or the Batman Beyond Batman... Very young people might only know the New 52 Batman or the Nolan Batman.

There is no one true Batman. Everyone has their own idea of who Batman is and how he ticks.
Ranger14 - 4/17/2014, 12:30 PM
Goatman@ Well, Batman has generally always been an exceptional martial artist and has always been the World's greatest detective. He has generally never been a quitter, except with some specific canon. His character has been fairly consistent over the past 40 some years I have followed him. The true nature of Batman over the years has been predominantly consistent.
jimdotbeep - 4/17/2014, 12:31 PM
Like he could have said anything bad about Ben or this shitfest movie without getting in trouble with the studio
Bread - 4/17/2014, 12:34 PM
@goatman- To me, the definitive Batman is Bruce Timm and Paul Dini's. I think that's who Batman really is and it's the Batman that would work best on screen.
Bread - 4/17/2014, 12:37 PM
If not Bruce Timm and Paul Dini's interpretation of the character, then I would definitely want to see Jeph Loeb's on screen.
damntree - 4/17/2014, 12:52 PM
He means ordinary in the sense that he has no superpowers. Geez do you idiots understand context?
NoPhucksGiven - 4/17/2014, 12:54 PM
Ranger14 - 4/17/2014, 12:59 PM
Damntree@ did you bother to read his whole comment? He refers to his superpowers as being rage and money. Batman's "powers" and/or abilities go way beyond that. Nolan claims there is nothing extraordinary about him. Superpowers or not, there ARE extraordinary things about Batman. You don't have to possess superpowers to be extraordinary.
thewonderer - 4/17/2014, 1:07 PM

Do you want him to go into depth to [frick]ing Larry King? It's a short answer. Bruce Wayne has great intellect and is trained in many fighting styles. Sure, but he is ALSO and primarily a human being. Comics often stretch this logic way too much though.
TheRationalOne - 4/17/2014, 1:08 PM
You guys sure do know a lot about movies and how they work.

ManDeth - 4/17/2014, 1:12 PM
While I can be convinced Ben Affleck can wear a bat-suit, I could never be convince Ben Affleck could win a simple fistfight. So I look at Ben Affleck's Batman as the Michael Keaton Batman 2.0. Both are pussy Batmen who would get beaten to a pulp by 99% of men under 60 on planet Earth.
Ranger14 - 4/17/2014, 1:13 PM
Wonderbread@ I said he is extraordinary, which anyone with little knowledge of
Batman should be able to recognize and not dismiss so easily. If he isn't extraordinary, he doesn't stand a chance against Supes, which would make for a very dull film. ;-)
sinsear912 - 4/17/2014, 1:25 PM
Bale was horrible as Batman. I don't know why people consider him the best batman
MarkV - 4/17/2014, 1:26 PM
>>>"There was nothing extraordinary about him. He was an ordinary man"

Oh man, does this guy NOT get Batman.

1) Batman is a psychopath. Not in the criminal sense, but in the psychological sense.

2) Bruce Wayne is a genius. Imagine is Sherlock Holmes saw his parents killed in front of him and devoted every waking minute of his life on extracting vengence.
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