Thursday night Warner Brothers finally gave us a new Bruce Wayne aka Batman in the form of Ben Affleck! But of course, in no surprise the internet voiced their opinions and they were, well opinionated. Ranging from (mostly) outage, approval, mixed reaction and finally people willing to give Affleck a chance at the Dark Knight himself. So what do I think of Affleck playing Batman? I freaking love it.
I’m not just saying this because I like Ben Affleck. I’m saying this because I think he’ll do a good job. Will he be the best Batman? Who knows, even I can admit that. But let’s at least give him the benefit of the doubt and wait until you see some footage of him. And let’s face it, he’s not the worse choice to play one of the most iconic comic book characters still around. Personally, I think one of the reasons people don’t want Affleck in the role is because they have a bitter taste in their mouths with his portrayal of Daredevil and performance in Gigli (I’ll give you that one). Although Daredevil had a lot more problems going for it that wasn’t Affleck.
However, Affleck has proven himself to his critics in the recent years with his directorial efforts of Gone Baby Gone, The Town and Argo; only acting in the last two but they proved that Affleck can, and has also been able to, act. Hell, he won an Academy Award for Argo. Besides Daredevil he’s also played Superman, well sort of. He played George Reeve aka the first Superman on TV in Hollywoodland. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for supporting actor so we know he has no problems playing a troubled soul.
So why are we complaining about Affleck playing Batman? He’s a great actor and yes some roles are questionable but what actor hasn’t made those roles. Besides we still don’t know what kind of Bruce Wayne/Batman he will be. Zack Snyder and David S. Goyer haven’t said exactly what kind of Batman he will play. We do know it won’t be the same Batman in the Christopher Nolan Trilogy, hell for all we know Affleck could go the corny route (probably won’t but still).
Here’s the main reason why all this outrage is a bit premature. This isn’t the first time this has happened! There has been backlash on actors playing Batman before and all popular roles for that matter (Daniel Craig wasn’t welcomed as 007). Michael Keaton wasn’t welcomed and sticking with Batman films Anne Hathaway and Heath Ledger weren’t accepted by fans for playing iconic characters like Catwoman (or Selena Kyle as she was referred to The Dark Knight Rises) or The Joker. But fans came around after they saw their performances, especially with Ledger’s Joker.
So why all the hostility? Simple, fanboys will never be happy. But we, everybody else, also don’t like change. Going back off track, look at Doctor Who. We know the Doctor will have to go through a change and when it comes time for it, everyone goes into defensive mode and complains about the actor chosen before we see him play the iconic actor (Matt Smith taking over after David Tennant).
So let’s just give Affleck a chance shall we. Don’t judge him until we at least see some footage. I know it might me hard for a lot of you out there but at least try. Because whether you like it or not Affleck has signed on for multiple films as the Caped Crusader.