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So, after coming home from a hard day at work, I'm very surprised to come home and see this waiting for me online...
It's official! Ben Affleck has been cast as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Zack Snyder's still untitled Superman/Batman sequel to this past summer's Man of Steel. The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. The studio has slated the film to open worldwide on July 17, 2015.
Last month�s surprise announcement of the new movie featuring both Superman and Batman created a wave of excitement and immediately fueled discussion and debate�among fans as well as in the media�about who would put on the cape and cowl of Bruce Wayne�s alter ego.
Snyder successfully re-imagined the origin of Clark Kent/Superman in the worldwide blockbuster Man of Steel, which has earned more than $650 million worldwide to date, and climbing. The director will now create an original vision of Batman and his world for the film that brings the two DC Comics icons together.
Affleck will star opposite Henry Cavill, who will reprise the role of Superman/Clark Kent. The film will also reunite Man of Steel stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.
In the announcement, Silverman stated, "We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics' most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some. His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character."
Snyder also expressed his excitement about the casting of Affleck, noting, "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."
Kroll added, "We are so thrilled that Ben is continuing Warner Bros.' remarkable legacy with the character of Batman. He is a tremendously gifted actor who will make this role his own in this already much-anticipated pairing of these two beloved heroes."
Affleck recently starred in the Academy Award-winning Best Picture Argo, which he also directed and produced, earning acclaim and a BAFTA Award nomination for his performance in the film, as well as a number of directing honors.
The new film is being scripted by David S. Goyer from a story he co-created with Zack Snyder. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan and Wesley Coller serving as executive producers.
Production is expected to begin in 2014.
And as usual with big announcements, the internet has spoken out and the reaction is very mixed. A lot of people hate the idea, a lot of people like the idea of Affleck taking on the role of Batman.
So, which camp am I in? Well, I'm actually on the positive side on this.
And I say this because Ben Affleck has really had one of those amazing comebacks that come around every once in a while where an actor hits his lowest mark possible but then comes back to become one of Hollywood's most reliable actors again. Sylvester Stallone went through that phase, Eddie Murphy went through that phase, even John Travolta went through that phase as well.
Affleck's career low point was starring in the abysmal 2004 Surviving Christmas and after that, he did Hollywoodland playing George Reeves and he was great in that and of course, one year later, Gone Baby Gone was the beginning of the relaunch of Affleck's career, mostly as a director, but still, it's considered a relaunch.
Anyone who takes a horrible script like Surviving Christmas has to realize after that that he can't keep taking horrible scripts or his career would be done with.
That's the reason I'm not worried about this casting because I think Ben Affleck is smart enough to not just take a script because of a paycheck. Plus, after Daredevil, I'm pretty sure Affleck thought this one out before saying yes.
Granted, I wish somebody like Armie Hammer, who desperately needs a career boost, would've gotten it but honestly, it could've been worse, they could've gotten Robert Pattinson or even Josh Brolin, who was one of the top contenders reportedly for the job. Although, another name they were mentioning was Ryan Gosling and I think he could've made that role work.
Also, may I point out that everybody was going negative when they heard that Heath Ledger was going to be the Joker and Michael Keaton was going to be Batman and look what happened afterwards. So, it's not all bad news.
I think people are just getting too harsh right now because they aren't thinking about the true possibility here, Warner Bros. obviously knows that Batman and Superman are their top priorities for films and I highly doubt that they are going to screw up these franchises after what they did with Batman & Robin and Superman IV.
Overall, I'm actually looking forward to this but I still am going into this with trepidations following my reaction to Man Of Steel.
Bottom line, wait until we see something before you start complaining.
That's all I have to say, except please be gentle in the comments, it's just my opinion.