ByJeffrey Ryan Porter, writer at
Jeffrey Ryan Porter

Ben Affleck I feel has always been under fire, since Armageddon, to now Batfleck. I've always been a fan of him, I believe he is actually a dedicated actor, excellent film maker, and writer.

First off I want to add my sense as to casting him as Batman, for the awaited (for most of us) [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870). People, Batfleck, just stop already. When Michael Keaton was announced to play Batman in the 1989 version so much backlash and hate mail was sent and now they must feel like fools. Keaton was amazing, and I know you probably think I'm just going to sit here and compare Affleck and Keaton together which I won't because they're two different actors but both fit into the character Batman. For Batman, Ben started working out 2 hours daily to start bulking up, and already you can see just in the film [Gone Girl](movie:833123), in which he just starred. Throughout the movie he goes from slightly a bit chunkier then I'm sure he wanted to be to leaner and bigger. There's even reports saying that him and Batman V. Superman co-star Henry Cavill have small contests on set by lifting weights above their heads. So as for the physique of the Caped Crusader I believe you'll like what he'll accomplish.


Most of you naysayers may want to throw Daredevil, or Gigli in his face, and for those I have only one answer for you, The Town. I believe this was his big Travolta comeback. Gone Baby Gone was a great movie, but I think this is where more people noticed and caught hold. He wrote, directed and starred in the film, and to put it bluntly, nailed it. Like any other person he's grown, as a person and an actor. There have been a lot of actors to make terrible, terrible movies, but they'll come back, and make a film you just can't deny is great. Are you really going to hold him accountable for a few films he made back in the early 2000's. If we did that with some other actors we may have never had, Pulp Fiction for instance, or The Godfather, with John Travolta and Marlon Brando creating massive film comebacks after what seemed to be a slumping career. They brought it back in a big way, while Ben's may not have been to their extreme it is still something worth mentioning. His acting is one thing, on the other you have his writing and film making abilities which are quite some skills. In Argo, which I'll mention again, just to make the film feel more like the 1970's, he shot it on regular film, cut the frames in half and blew those images up 200 percent. I don't know about you, but that's pretty impressive. I can't imagine this is the first time the methods been done, but for him to think of, and create the film that way demonstrates his creative film making abilities. He's won an Oscar for his ability to write, with Good Will Hunting. I imagine most have seen Good Will Hunting but if you haven't I highly recommend it. His other Oscar comes from Argo, in which I just mentioned. I just had to opportunity to watch Argo again last month and it still resonates with me. As your watching you're trying to watch his ability to act, and portray a character, and at the same time you trying to imagine him also directing it. There are plenty of actor/directors, this is true, but its just another amazing ability Ben possesses. To sum up this jumble of fun facts, Ben Affleck will be, a great Bruce Wayne/Batman. He's more then paid for his poor films, and has demonstrated time and time again he has what it takes to be an A lister, and will be for time to come. If you are one of the Batfleck people, I dare you to give him the benefit of the doubt. Plenty of times fans and critics think they're 100 percent right about casting, and a lot of the times we are, we know what we want. But as Michael Keaton went to prove, sometimes the director, or the casting agents seem to know whats best to show us. So for all of you complaining, or anticipating the new DCCU, I'll see you there opening night for Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice.


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