If you’re reading this, chances are you’re one of the millions of people who’ve seen Batman v Superman by now.
Now you either loved it, or you hated it, or like me, you’re just undecided.
We could go on and on about its strengths and weaknesses, but that’s another conversation for another day. The one thing I think we can both agree on is that Ben Affleck was terrific as Batman, and we’d love to see more of him.
Warner Bros. Seem to share our opinion, for it is all but confirmed that we’ll be getting a solo Batfleck film shortly. I think that’s a great idea, but WB really needs to fast-track it. I know their slate is already fixed, but changes happen all the time, and this is one change we definitely need.
Why should they do so? I’m glad you asked.
1. Everybody Loves Him
There was a huge commotion when it was announced that Ben Affleck would be the new Batman and rightly so. I mean just look at Gigli or Daredevil. The only great role that Affleck had been in so far, was in Gone Girl, and even that because Jon Hamm was unavailable and director David Fincher himself admitted that Affleck really sold the fake-y barely-psychopathic douche vibe because he was essentially playing himself.
But man, did Affleck overcompensate for that. As soon as the trailers were out, he started generating a lot of positive buzz and seeing the final product, the audiences were completely floored. He was intense, empathetic, brutally violent, and a general total-badass as both Batman and Bruce Wayne.
And the best part was that both critics and audiences, general and fanboys loved him!
This is the perfect time to cash on that goodwill.
2. Affleck Himself is Directing
I think we can all agree that Zack Snyder ‘s treatment of his source material so far has been less than ideal. Many are eager to blame the DCEU for that, but I simply feel a director change is all that’s needed, a fact that will be reinforced if David Ayer’s Suicide Squad does well.
Personally, I think Ben Affleck is a great director. I’m glad his movie career took a downturn in the mid-2000s otherwise he’d never have gotten into directing.
Ben Affleck has directed some intense thrillers such as Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and the Academy Award winner Argo that have all been uniformly excellent and show that Affleck has a real sense of atmosphere and creates tense and emotionally wrecking thrillers.
Couple that with a source material as rich as the Batman lore, and it’s a straight home run.
3. He’s Already Written the Script
Affleck’s script is ready, and there has been tremendous positive buzz around it. And why shouldn’t we believe it? Affleck is a tremendous writer (he won an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay with Matt Damon on Good Will Hunting) who has shown a real flair for deep, complex characters, layered inter-character relationships, and his films have a really strong story, all of which is desperately needed and has become the hallmark for Batman films thanks to Christopher Nolan.
4. The Storytelling Potential is Endless
Affleck has decades worth of stories to draw from, and since his Batman has a decided comic book feel to it and is deviating from Nolan’s grounded military Batman, he can utilize all of those stories to the fullest extent.
We could have a Death in the Family adaptation, we could have a Under the Red Hood adaptation, we could have a The Killing Joke adaptation—you get the drift. Even newer stories such as Endgame could be adapted thanks to the extended universe, and that’s something I’m sure everyone wants to see.
5. He Has an Equally Strong Supporting Cast
DC has really got their casting right. They’re bringing in A-listers left and right, and that’s always a good thing. We’ve got Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons playing Alfred, we’ve got academy Award winner Jared Leto playing the Joker, we’ve got Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons playing Commissioner Gordon, there’s fan favourite Jenna Malone as Barbara Gordon, there’s the crowd-pleasing Will Smith as Deadshot, then you have the gorgeous Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn—is that an awesome cast or what!?
I’d love to see a film with these talented individuals exercising their acting abilities in a well written, well directed Batman film.
That’s my opinion about fast-tracking Ben Affleck’s solo film, do you agree, do you disagree, do you feel I missed something? Do let me know in the comments below!
If you want more Batman related stuff, check out my honest, objective review of Batman v. Superman and my thoughts on how The LEGO Batman Movie might be the best Batman adaptation since The Dark Knight.
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