With Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice nearly in theaters, comic book fans and movie enthusiasts alike are waiting with great anticipation, hope, and fear. And ever since the casting announcement of Ben Affleck as The Caped Crusader, opinions have been split about how the famous actor will perform while wearing the cape. Here is a cautiously optimistic article, using examples from what we've seen of the film so far to support Ben Affleck in the role.
Based on the trailers, TV spots, and advertisements that have been seen of the film, we've gotten a decent look at Ben Affleck portraying both Bruce Wayne and his superhero alter-ego.
"every time your hero saves a cat out of a tree, you write a puff piece editorial, about an alien who could burn the whole place down." - Bruce Wayne (BvS)
David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight Trilogy, Man of Steel, Blade) and Chris Terrio (Argo, Man of Steel) are the script writers for Batman vs Superman, and from the bits of dialogue we've heard in promotions for the movie to this point, the writing seems to be one aspect of the movie that shouldn't concern anybody. Goyer and Terrio's credits speak for themselves, and they are definitely familiar with the DC Comic characters and universes.
The point in saying all of this is that, if anything can go wrong with Affleck as our great, nocturnal detective, the script writing will most likely not be one of them. The quote above is heard in the second trailer for the movie, and to be completely honest, it sounds very "Bruce Wayne-ish." In addition to that, the way that Affleck speaks the line sounds exactly like the portrayal of Bruce Wayne that we've been promised. Warner Brothers and DC have made it well known that Batman will be older, smarter, bitter, and a force to be reckoned with. And from what we've heard Batman say so far, that definitely seems to be the case.
Ben Affleck Really Isn't A Bad Actor... At All
This is one of the causes for concern about Affleck being in this role that doesn't make any sense to me. Sure, Affleck has had his dud films. But he's also had awesome films. Argo, which Affleck both starred in AND directed, was a very nice film. The movie holds a 96% rating at Rotten Tomatoes, and was very well received by critics and movie-goers. We also can't forget Gone Girl, which was also another shining star in Affleck's arsenal. Yet, somehow, the guy still gets an enormous amount of doubt from the public. If you look at the situation, logically, you can see that, even though Affleck may have been in some bad films, he definitely knows what he's doing, and there are some very popular films that back that statement up.
Pair up a well-written script with a solid actor, and you have a great start to my final point.
The Impact, Importance, and Legacy of Batman
Batman is arguably THE most famous superhero in the world today. When you think "superhero", you most likely picture Batman, Spider-Man, Superman, or whichever Avenger you personally prefer.
However, there's no denying that Batman is special. Some of the most successful and influential films of the last few decades have included Batman, The Arkham Batman video games are extremely popular, and very few people would not know what "Gotham" is.
Whoever was in charge of casting BvS: Dawn of Justice is most likely aware of this. Not to mention, it's extremely difficult to think that they would've casted Affleck in the role if he didn't "feel" right for the part to them. I realize that their main goal is to make money and be successful, but they are also aware that the quality of the film will influence how successful they are, as well as how fans will not be happy if Bruce?Batman isn't portrayed correctly.
Personally, I think Ben Affleck will be a fantastic actor for the role. I really loved Christian Bale's work in TDKT, and Michael Keaton was great as well. Actually, I can still tolerate Val Kilmer's performance as the Caped Crusader in Batman Forever.
We won't talk about Clooney's Batman...
I think all of the pieces fit for Affleck to be a standout in Batman vs Superman.
And if all else unfortunately goes wrong with the film (finger crossed), just MAYBE I'll have a new portrayal of Batman to praise to people for years to come.
Thank you very much for reading! Sleep during the day today, and then go out and protect Gotham City all night!
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May the Force be with you!