Thursday, August 22, 2013

Ben Affleck is the new Batman!

Apparently, Warner Bros woke up today and thought it'd be fun to explode the Internet, so they cast Ben Affleck as the new Batman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel that will feature the Caped Crusader.

I wasn't in the least bit excited about the Superman/Batman crossover taking the place of a proper Man of Steel sequel; call me a fanboy all you want, but it took nearly thirty years and a boatload of cinematic flops to make Superman popular again and all of a sudden the rubber-nippled freak hijacks the next movie? It's Warner falling back on Batman's popularity at the expense of everyone else as usual.

So yes, let it sink in, Ben Affleck is Batman and you may hate him on the role or you may sit back for a second, think and admit that while not that great an actor, he's experienced and had his moments (particularly in Kevin Smith films), so he may actually deliver. That's not what matters right now.

What matters is this:

If this pans out, Affleck won't just be the *new* Batman, he will be the DEFINING Batman for years to come. Not because of his performance (which remains to be seen, obviously), but because he will also be Batman in the relaunched movie series AND the (likely to be made) Justice League movie.

Can you grasp this? Your children will grow up reading Batman comic books and place BEN AFFLECK, face and voice, in them.

Sorry, I'm not opposed to the idea, it just blows my mind considering how high-profile the guy's career has been compared to most other super-hero actors.

Interestingly, this isn't the first time Affleck dons superhero tights. Not only did he play Daredevil in 2003, but he also did a small movie where he portrayed late actor George Reeves, famous for his role as Superman in the 1950s TV show.

So yeah. Finger-cuffs' boyfriend is Batman. Who would've thought?

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