You may or may not have noticed, but the internet has exploded.
In a statement released last night by Warner Bros, it was announced that the actor playing Batman against Henry Cavill’s Superman in the upcoming movie, will be Ben Affleck, he of Daredevil and Argo fame. Somewhat predictably, opinions are flying around like spaghetti, and honestly, I’ve never seen such a wide variety of people talking about Batman at once. My Facebook is basically Affleck-book at the moment.
Director Zack Snyder said:
“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.”
While WB president Greg Silverman added:
“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.”
We also have a date of release for the film, which will open on July 17 2015, with Amy Adams and Diane Lane returning alongside Cavill from Man of Steel.
Whoever was chosen to play Batman was bound to whip up a ton of controversy given not only the success of MoS but of Nolan’s Bat-trilogy (not to mention Burton’s two classics), with names including Ryan Gosling and Joseph Gordon-Levitt being frequently suggested.
But Affleck of course, regardless of his stellar work in Argo and many others, will always be remembered to comic fans as Daredevil in the much maligned 2003 film. Were Affleck to be directing, the tone of comments would perhaps be far more positive, but the actor does tend to collect a fair number of Golden Raspberry Awards when paired with a less than gold-standard director.
The comics industry was, of course(!), quick to react.
(sadly hangs up the Bat-Whisky-Dispenser-Cowl) (unpacks cigarettes from utility belt) (slowly chews bat-flavoured condom, weeping softly)
— Warren Ellis (@warrenellis) August 23, 2013
Holy shit… BEN AFFLECK IS THE NEW BATMAN!!! http://t.co/acivqxFl0U Do you know what this means? It means that I've seen Batman naked!!!
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) August 23, 2013
Weirdly, I think I will SEE THE MOVIE FIRST before I decide if I like Ben Affleck as Batman.
— Ron Marz (@ronmarz) August 23, 2013
Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman. All I want to know is, will it be slashy?
— Colleen Doran (@ColleenDoran) August 23, 2013
YOU'VE GOT TO BE FUCKING KIDDING ME WARNER BROS. BEN AFFLECK AS BATMAN? Just stop. STOP. Stop.
— Chilly Pantooooozzi (@JillPantozzi) August 23, 2013
Fun Fact: Ben Affleck is now the only actor to play both Batman AND Superman.
— MTV Geek (@MTVGeek) August 23, 2013
Honestly bewildered by nerd objections to Affleck. How many Best Fucking Pictures does he have to win before he's good enough for Batman?
— And DIE, Khouri! (@andykhouri) August 23, 2013
Not defending, but everyone's saying the same things about Affleck that was said about Keaton and that one was cheered on opening.
— Jeff Parker (@jeffparker) August 23, 2013
Oh, but Dolph Lungren as the Punisher was just fine! Where was the Internet outrage then!?
— Grave Robber-son (@DarickR) August 23, 2013
There's no way Affleck can be taken seriously as Batman. I mean, you wouldn't cast Matt Damon in an action movie franchise, would you?
— Haunted (@housetoastonish) August 23, 2013
Start your engines!