The internet is buzzing big time tonight with Warner Bros. Pictures big announcement! It’s official, Zack Snyder and Warner have picked their new Batman, and the actor stepping into the role is none other than Ben Affleck. Can’t say I saw it coming, as Affleck has said he would never play a superhero again after he starred in the much-panned Daredevil years ago. I have always said he was not the problem with that flick! And while I feel others sometimes still hold a grudge for the JLo days, I think Affleck is a terrific actor and will do quite well as the older, wiser Caped Crusader. If you doubt his acting, seriously, where have you been – go watch Hollywoodland and The Town.
Now, with this announcement came the release date for Zack Snyder’s semi-sequel to the hit Superman flick, Man of Steel – July 17, 2015. The film does not yet have a title, but Henry Cavill will return as Clark Kent/Superman, and Amy Adams as his leading lady, Lois Lane. Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane will also be reprising their roles. With Man of Steel having earned $650+ million worldwide, we can expect the sequel to do quite well. Warner Bros. says the movie will go into production early next year.
The movie will mark the first time that the DC Comics® characters Batman and Superman have appeared in a movie together on the big screen. And, you shouldn’t go into this one expecting anything related to the fabulous Christian Bale-Christopher Nolan trilogy. This will be an “entirely new incarnation” of the character that fits into Zack Snyder’s reworking of the Superman universe. I thought Snyder did a stellar job with Man of Steel and I cannot wait to see what he has in store for these two very different characters.
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.”
Ben Affleck won an Oscar® early in his career for the screenplay to Good Will Hunting with Matt Damon. His personal life took center stage for a while, and I always felt that could be blamed for several poor outings at the Box Office. Too much Ben on magazine covers, and not enough good projects to get him past it. For a while that is. After a fantastic outing as classic television’s Superman, George Reeves, in Hollywoodland, and taking himself behind the camera for the well-received Gone Baby Gone, things starting picking up again. Returning behind the camera for The Town, which was also well-received, Affleck’s career took a major climb upward. Early this year, he won “Best Director” at several prestigious awards ceremonies, including the BAFTAs® and Golden Globes® for Argo, which also took home the “Best Motion Picture” Academy Award®.
I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how Snyder and writer David S. Goyer handle the Superman/Batman storyline, and to seeing Affleck stepping out from the Batcave! What do you think about the casting?
Edit: It’s the day after the big announcement and WWIII has exploded onto the internet over a simple decision by Warner Bros. Pictures. Aside from Twitter and my personal Facebook page lighting up with constant posts about the “horrible” decision that the movie company has made in casting Affleck as Batman, a few folks have decided to take to Change.org to make petitions for Warner Bros. to drop him. You are entitled to your opinion, yes. But to start a petition at a site that has been used to bring attention to much needed social issues and to right several real wrongs is just an insult to everyone with common sense. I’m sorry, but to start a petition over something as unimportant as a movie role is just embarrassing. Holding a grudge for a perceived failure a decade ago is almost just as bad.
Pictured: Ben Affleck at 85th Oscar® Nominee Luncheon 2.4.13
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