Warner Brother Pictures has announced Ben Affleck as the new incarnation of Batman. However, fans of Batman, which have long enjoyed the incredible Christian Bale as the caped crusader, are not at all pleased with Warner Brother’s decision. Fans have turned to social media to protest the decision. Petitions have even been started to pressure Warner Brothers Pictures into reconsidering their choice in actors. However, I argue that fandom in this case is wrong, and I say let Affleck take on the role of the caped crusader.
Here are my five reasons why:
A Debt is Owed- Ben Affleck is not the same person he was when he played “Daredevil.” Affleck as both a person and as an actor has matured to new heights. After reluctantly seeing the, “The Town,” I walked out of the movie with a newfound respect and admiration for the abilities of Affleck. His representation of a gritty, but caring, mobster with a heavy dose of violent tendencies demonstrated a level of acting that I have not seen in a long time. Affleck, owed the audiences a refund for “Daredevil,” and with “The Town,” he paid it back in spades.
Award Winning Director- Affleck is as comfortable working behind the camera, as he is in front of it. We saw this in “Argo,” which would go on to receive extensive critical acclaim, 3 Oscars, and 62 other movie awards. That gives Affleck some serious panache working alongside Zach Snyder, who has only won 3 Academy of Science Fiction awards to date.
A Big Cape to Fill- As fans, we have to accept that Bale, who portrayed the Batman character with such an incredible level of zeal, is not coming back. For that reason, we need an actor who will punish himself to fulfill the role. Affleck is hungry and determined to reestablish himself as an acting powerhouse. We have seen such a serious commitment to his acting craft in his last two film projects (mentioned above) that I have no doubt that he will undertake his role with all the seriousness that it deserves.
A Combining of Forces- Zach Snyder delivers amazing action movies that audiences flock too. Ben Affleck delivers astonishing character portrayals that audiences gravitate too. When you combine super talents, very often, you get a much better product. Snyder was able to create this acting chemistry with his award winning cast in “Man of Steel.” Affleck will bring his “A” game. Then he will bring even more to this movie.
Action is Old-The latest crop of Marvel superhero movies, while heavy on the special effects; have lacked any serious acting efforts or plots. Even my 12-year-old nephew, who is the studios prized demographic, has found them to be listless and dare I say, boring. Yes, nonstop explosions, fights, and chaos have become boring. Give us characters who we, the common person, can relate too. Affleck is relatable. Not because he is super, but because is human, and he knows what it is like to fail.
Let us stop all the Batman protest, and let us give Affleck the chance he deserves.