In a move that has some groaning and others generating facepalm pictures, Warner Bros. has just announced that Ben Affleck is next in line to play Batman, replacing Christian Bale as the current Dark Knight. Others aren’t being so pessimistic, not the least of which is Warner Bros. President Greg Silverman, who says Affleck “has the acting chops.”
Affleck will portray Batman in the Superman/Batman movie slated for released in summer 2015. He will make the eighth actor to have donned the cape, and is the perfect man for the job, according to Silverman. “We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of the DC Comics’ most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some.
Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.”
And there it is, and so it shall be. This follows after rumors said that Affleck had been approached to direct the Justice League movie, as it’s being called, and that he’d been asked to play Batman. Previous Batman actors include Christian Bale, of course, as well as George Clooney and Michael Keaton. What do you think? Is Warner Bros. on the right track, or have they made the wrong choice?