Well, that was unexpected. Warner Brothers has announced that veteran actor and director Ben Affleck will don the iconic Batman cape and cowl for Batman VS Superman. The film is due out in 2015.
My gut reaction upon hearing the news that Ben Affleck will be next to don the cape and cowl- Did they not watch Daredevil?! I mean come on, that was absolute dreck and you want to trust the most bankable superhero in your lineup to Ben freakin’ Affleck? Come on son!
Now that I have had some time to mull it over and gather my feelings, my reaction is very cautious optimism. If this had been say around the time Batman Begins, this would be a very different beast and we would have no Dark Knight. However, since the travesty that was the theatrical version of Daredevil, Affleck has shown us that he developed some serious directing and acting chops that could bring something awesome to the role of Bruce Wayne and Batman. Or it could wind up being the spiritual sequel to Batman and Robin and the Bat-nipples return to plague the world. But I digress before I go into shock. Affleck could either be a truly genius move by Warner Bros and DC, or it could completely blow up in their faces.
Batman Vs Superman still has some proven commodities in its favor. The facts that star Henry Cavil and director Zach Snyder are coming back for the sequel. They proved with Man of Steel that they could take Superman and make a fun and pretty decent Superman flick to the modern movie market and make good money. Most likely, the other major players from Man of Steel, i.e. Amy Adams as Lois Lane and Laurence Fishburne as Perry White will be back, hopefully with more expanded roles. Also, rumors of Lex Luthor being one of the central villains will have fans eagerly awaiting to see who they cast in the role. I hear Bryan Cranston is going to have some free time coming soon. So, Batman VS Superman still has momentum on its side heading towards its 2015 target release date.
It’s honestly too early in the process to really judge how Affleck will respond to such an iconic character. I am willing to give him the benefit of the doubt, based solely on how incredible The Town turned out. Also, keep in mind, everyone and their grandmother thought that Heath Ledger was a bad choice for the Joker and look how that turned out.