Just over a week ago, an announcement was made saying that 41 year old actor, Ben Affleck, will play the role of Batman in the new film trilogy.
However, the world is still struggling to accept that decision, and a range of reactions have been expressed by celebrities, critics and the public.
On the other hand, the previous ‘Batmen’ have shown the thumbs up to the choice of casting, and have agreed that Ben Affleck will be able to pull off the role. Former Batman, Val Kilmer and Adam West both offered support via Twitter, with Adam even adding some advice for Affleck:
“With the cape and cowl comes great responsibility (and lots of heat). Bring deodorant.”
More support and perspective came from Matt Damon, a close friend of Affleck’s, who told the Times of India that Ben Affleck was perfect for the role.
“I think it will be great. It will be terrific. I know there are a lot of people grousing on the internet. I just think it’s kind of funny. You know, he’s not playing King Lear. It’s Batman! Certainly within his skill set. If anybody saw Argo or The Town, and all the work he’s been doing lately, it’s way more nuanced and interesting and way more difficult than Batman! Batman just sits there with his cowl over his head and whispers in a kinda gruff voice at people. Bruce Wayne is the more challenging part of the role, and Ben will be great at that.”
Director of the Avengers, Joss Whedon, agreed, tweeting:
“Affleck’ll crush it. He’s got the chops, he’s got the chin — just needs the material.”
That’s not all. Even more celebrity fans have come out to give their opinion; Kevin Smith podcasted that Affleck “has loved Batman going as far back as I can remember,” and would “honour the character,” while comedian Patton Oswalt posted a lengthy defense of of the actor on Facebook:
“No matter how many times you post your stupid “Fire Ben Affleck from Playing Batman” petition, I’m going to delete it and block you. Take a deep breath, and think for a second:
Yeah, the dude’s made some bad films. Every actor has. Every actor does. Every actor will. It’s a huge, arcing career and NO ONE has control over where it goes. Movie to movie, year to year, you’re collaborating and trying and risking and, sometimes, yes — failing.
Plus, everyone seems to forget that he had the world dropped in his lap when he was YOUNG. And, judging by how other suddenly-famous youngsters do in the same situation, he fared pretty well. Even when it went wrong, he seemed to keep a self-deprecating, long-view philosophy about the burning freak carousel he’d found himself on.
And then what happened? I mean, he’d fallen from a HEIGHT. You know what happens to 95% of people who weather a descent that steep? They come apart, fray at all of their sanity nodes, and give up.
But then there’s the 5% who embrace crushing defeat and see it for the gift it is. And here’s the gift: when you fail, and fail UTTERLY, you wake up the next morning and see that the world didn’t end. And then the fear of failure is gone. And you’re free. You’re free to proceed on your own terms and pace — if you have the ego that permits you to.
Ben brushed himself off, realized he’d kept his eyes open on the movies he’d done, and started directing. And he’s become a damn good one.
A Batman portrayed by someone who’s tasted humiliation and a reversal of all personal valences — kind of like Grant Morrison’s “Zen warrior” version of Batman, post-ARKHAM ASYLUM, who was, in the words of Superman, “…the most dangerous man on the planet”? Think for a second and admit that Ben Affleck is closer to THAT top-shelf iteration of The Dark Knight than pretty much anyone in Hollywood right now.
I’d write more, but I have to go work on my post about how an overweight 44 year-old comedian with bad feet and insomnia would be a bold choice for The Joker.”
What do you think? Who knows, Ben Affleck might be the perfect role for multi-millionaire, Bruce Wayne, we just can’t see it.