We offered our suggestions, and the studio reportedly had their own list of candidates, but now we know who will don the cape and cowl of Batman in Warner Bros. Man of Steel sequel: Ben Affleck. The Oscar-winning Boston native is coming off the Best Picture winning Argo, and will next appear in Runner Runner before taking over for Christian Bale as the new Dark Knight.
Variety has the story, and a statement from director Zack Snyder:
“Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry [Cavill]’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.”
Affleck strikes me as someone who can easily handle the Bruce Wayne element, but convincing people he’s Batman might take some getting used to. What will his Batman sound like? He can’t go too gruff, otherwise he’ll likely draw comparisons to Christian Bale’s throat-shredding performance. Maybe he’ll take a cue from Kevin Conroy’s stellar voice work in the animated series. I know one thing, though: I’ve underestimated Affleck before, and he’s made me regret it. The man has experienced a remarkable career recovery after nearly being sucked into oblivion with Gigli, and it’s worth noting that he’s already played Superman (George Reeves, to be exact) in Hollywoodland and Daredevil in, well, Daredevil, so he’s taken on superhero gigs before. He wouldn’t have been my first pick, but we’ll see how it plays out when Batman vs. Superman (or whatever it eventually ends up being called) hits theaters on July 17th, 2015. Let the Boston Batman memes begin.
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