POLL/DISCUSSION: What Are Your Thoughts On Our New BATMAN?

In the biggest bit of news to hit in some time, Ben Affleck was announced late last night as taking over from Christian Bale as The Caped Crusader in Zack Snyder's Man Of Steel sequel. Click on to let us know how you feel about this!..

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By Mark "RorMachine" Cassidy - 8/23/2013


This one seems to have split you CBMers right down the middle..or is that being a bit generous to Benny boy? Last night, right out of the blue Warner Bros. announced that Ben Affleck would take up the mantle of the Bat for Zack Snyder's Superman Vs Batman themed sequel to Man Of Steel. Initial shock and some fanboy outrage led to "wait, he's actually a decent actor these days right?" type reactions. Affleck is undoubtedly a talented guy: a great director and a...very good actor, but Batman? Aside from any discussion on whether he's right for the role there is also the question of how big a name he is -- should Batman be such a megastar? Will people see Bruce Wayne in the suit, Batman in the costume..or just Ben Affleck? Of course that'll all depend on how well he inhabits the role. I think he'll pull it off (though I do have some reservations) but what about you guys? Vote below and then sound off in the usual place.




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gillri - 8/23/2013, 5:23 AM
hmm not sure about this casting, one thing I do know is his mouth and big chin will look damn good in the cowl!
TheDpool - 8/23/2013, 5:25 AM
I'm still thinking WTF after the whole no more superheroes due to Daredevil but he has the Bruce Wayne look and I'm sure with the right amount of training he'll have the Batman look.
SymbioteJoker - 8/23/2013, 5:26 AM
I'm sure he'll do a good job, it's really what the script has him do really. That and I hope we're done with the "bale gravel voice".
HOTSHOT - 8/23/2013, 5:27 AM
Nope. His directing may be great but he's not a great actor.
HOTSHOT - 8/23/2013, 5:27 AM
I'm STILL getting over Daredevil.
QuanZen - 8/23/2013, 5:29 AM
No comment...too early in the day to be rude.
jcfrommars9 - 8/23/2013, 5:29 AM
I think he's a fine choice.
wcwpoet - 8/23/2013, 5:30 AM
I actually am cool with the pick if you've seen The Town or Argo I think he'll be solid. It's the story that concerns me.
McNyagano - 8/23/2013, 5:31 AM
CherryBomb - 8/23/2013, 5:32 AM
There's some real melodramatic "men" here.

Ben Affleck is a very accomplished crtitically acclaimed Director and Actor. A very talented man indeed. How long are people going to condemn him Daredevil ?
You can only do what you can with a script that bad.

You guys obviously haven't watched his latest films. He was amazing in The Town and really got into intense shape for the role. Argo, yet another movie where he gave a stellar performance.

Is he my first choice? Or even in my top 5? Definitely not but I think he will do a great job.
sintzu - 8/23/2013, 5:33 AM
I'm worried but at the same time i was worried about heath ledger and anne hathaway and look how good they did so i'm going to wait till i see a trailer and some pics before giving a final judgment
blvdnoise - 8/23/2013, 5:34 AM
@CherryBomb hear hear.. I believe we'll be in for a real treat come 2015!
Doppelganger - 8/23/2013, 5:34 AM
IM ok with it but I don't like when actors play multiple super heroes like Chris Eveas did.
wcwpoet - 8/23/2013, 5:35 AM



StrangerX - 8/23/2013, 5:36 AM
Well i said it many times WB wasnt going to cast a no name. They needed someone who wouldnt mind carrying the weight. Affleck def wasnt my pick but Idk it could turn out he's a great choice. I'm personally just glad they casted someone.
SnapperCarr - 8/23/2013, 5:36 AM
I don't like it.
sintzu - 8/23/2013, 5:36 AM
@Batmaniac

(WB are out of their [frick]ing minds.)

that's what alot of fans said about heath ledger

RorMachine - 8/23/2013, 5:36 AM
Everyone keeps mentioning The Town and Argo..two movies he also directed which he was..admittedly...very good (NOT great imo) in. I'd also add Hollywoodland to the list...I actually think that's been his best performance yet. Ok, but anything else? Dude's made about 100 movies..that's 3!
CherryBomb - 8/23/2013, 5:37 AM

Ben is awesome.
Seriously, he got HUGE for The Town.

RorMachine - 8/23/2013, 5:37 AM
..I'm just playing Devil's advocate there by the way, I think he will do a good job in the end.
ninjahulk - 8/23/2013, 5:39 AM
Long time ago when i saw dare devil and saw some couple image that Ben look like batman in some ways but hey its better then the other choice actor they had.

This was a Big SURPRISE thatno one see this coming at all history has been told...
LoudLon - 8/23/2013, 5:39 AM
He gets heat from CBM fans for Daredevil, but that film's failure was ALL because of the script and direction. He did what he could with what he was given.

Affleck will be the best thing about the Superman/Batman flick. Mark my words now, because I'll definitely be rubbing them in the faces of the nay-sayers when the flick comes out. :D
InfiniteMonkey - 8/23/2013, 5:39 AM
People are so stuck in the past.
They act as if no-one can improve on their current skills or situation.
An Expert was once an apprentice...

Like anyone has a choice on the matter. In the end its just bloody opinions.
Let's just wait and see how this guy does it.
Remember Daniel Craig? Yeah.
sintzu - 8/23/2013, 5:40 AM
@Hotshot101

(I'm STILL getting over Daredevil.)

what happened to forgive and forget ?
BANNER78 - 8/23/2013, 5:40 AM
Thanks Mark for deleting my 1st post! DICK!
StrangerX - 8/23/2013, 5:41 AM
I do think they will be going a more Way of the Arkham gamed look which I prefer.
Greengo - 8/23/2013, 5:42 AM
Ror tryin to get on that gravy train.
Greengo - 8/23/2013, 5:43 AM
Ben Affleck to direct Justice League?
wyatt1234 - 8/23/2013, 5:43 AM
All I can smell is the steaming pile of shit that will be Superman/Batman.
Rulk - 8/23/2013, 5:46 AM
Can he really act? Even in Argo I wasn't sure... he always plays the same guy...but he sure can direct.

Not thrilled about this.. but taking a wait and see approach
Greengo - 8/23/2013, 5:47 AM
I'm kinda: wait and see.

He'll either make everyone's toe's curl or make everyone vomit.
Goggles - 8/23/2013, 5:49 AM
I'm all for it. The guy's going to do a great job with this. So bring on the Batfleck, WB.

CherryBomb - 8/23/2013, 5:57 AM

Please cast Rachel McAdams as Vicki Vale!

mutantk - 8/23/2013, 5:58 AM
Seriously I read somone say how good affleck was in the town cause acting like somone from boston was such a strong performance he sucks this movie is gonna suck and back to dc making crap movies anyone seen green lantern and the dark knight rises sucked as well.
Rothwilder - 8/23/2013, 5:58 AM
I'll say it. Director's cut of Daredevil ROCKED, and Affleck was great for the role.

He will do fine, just as I said early early of Ledger when he was cast.

The important thing is the script, and MOS was lacking it. No actor in the world can make a bad script good.
Greengo - 8/23/2013, 5:59 AM
What about BareDevil? : )
Silentman - 8/23/2013, 5:59 AM
So, is Matt Damon gonna be Robin?...
Montrovant - 8/23/2013, 5:59 AM
I haven't seen Argo, or The Town. The movies I've seen Affleck in, he hasn't been impressive.
That said, hopefully he'll do a good job with the role.

I think his age may be a bigger issue. If you're going to have a large, multi-movie DCU, don't start out having one of the two main heroes played by an actor already in his 40s. They are already limiting the number of movies we are likely going to have the same actor playing Batman.
BrotherStarkofMABMindz - 8/23/2013, 6:01 AM
WB LOVES Ben Affleck so come on guys we should have expected this
@Intruder I agree "Everyone Loses Their Minds"

Great choice in my opinion
Chewtoy - 8/23/2013, 6:03 AM
I've always liked Affleck, and I guess that is part of the problem... He comes across as a very relatable guy... Average, and friendly. I can't recall him ever truly having the intensity that you want from Batman.
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