ByKit Simpson Browne, writer at
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When Ben Affleck was announced as our new Batman, there were a lot of people out there who thought he was, to put it mildly woefully miscast. And so Batfleck was born, with a horde of angry forum posts and memes trailing in his wake.

For those of you who still can't see J-Lo's former paramour bringing the Dark Knight to sufficiently dark and brooding life, though, we might just have found the one thing that can change your mind.

No, not Christian Bale...
No, not Christian Bale...

Whether or not that's a good thing in the long run, though, is very much up to you.

Ben Affleck recently spoke with The Sunday Times about his role in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and in the process revealed a pretty fundamental character trait that he has in common with the Caped Crusader.

Namely: rage.

"I think it’s a necessity, historically, in the tradition of these films...For me, anger is so deeply buried and contained that when it does kind of come out, it comes out in stronger bursts. I tend to be respectful, polite, get along, put up with, put up with, put up with … then, when it finally emerges, it’s not something I have a ton of control over. I’m not gonna go into a Wolverine berserker rage, but I do have a, I do…"

At which point Affleck paused, and clarified that this rage was just an element of his personality - one he considers to be a character flaw, that he wasn't trying to boast about.

All of which is actually pretty heavy stuff.

After all, the way Affleck is describing his anger issues doesn't really sound all that emotionally healthy. In fact, it sounds downright...Batman-esque.

Which is the central issue here: from the sounds of it, Ben Affleck might just make a much better Batman than any of us expected, since he ought to be able to tap into exactly the same sort of powerful underlying rage that Bruce Wayne practically embodies. The only problem with that? It sounds as though he might be having to deal with a lot of those same problems himself, in his real, day-to-day life.

But, then again, maybe we should have seen this sooner - after all, it's been a pretty solid recurring feature of most of Affleck's career.

From Good Will Hunting...

Good Will Hunting
Good Will Hunting

(Which, as he also co-wrote the screenplay, could be seen as a reflection of those same issues)




Changing Lanes
Changing Lanes


Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back


Runner Runner
Runner Runner The Town.

The Town
The Town

Which, much like Good Will Hunting, is about a group of young men from Boston with substantial anger issues. And, again, was co-written (and directed) by Affleck himself.

Could Affleck's entire movie career, then, be seen as a way of him dealing with these anger issues? And, if so, could Batman v Superman's Bruce Wayne be the perfect part for him - not only because he can clearly play the rage, but also because it might just be helping him to get through something incredibly difficult to deal with?

Here's hoping.

Either way, we'll finally get the chance to see just how good a Batman Affleck is when [Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870) is released March 25, 2016.


What do you guys think? Will Ben Afflack make a good Batman?



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