Ben Affleck Is Batman? The Ben Affleck?

August 22nd, 2013 // 91 Comments
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So remember how shitty Daredevil was? Well, Warner Bros. didn’t because Ben Affleck is your new Batman now. No, seriously. THR reports:

“We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular superheroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some. His outstanding career is a testament to his talent, and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character,” said Greg Silverman, Warner Bros.’ president of creative development and worldwide production.
Added Snyder: “Ben provides an interesting counterbalance 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.”

So after talk of Karl Urban or Josh Brolin who probably would’ve been a perfect, grisled The Dark Knight Returns Batman, we get The Fucking Bomb In Phantoms, Yo. Don’t get me wrong, Argo and The Town were decent movies, but we’re talking about a very serious character who dresses up like a bat and becomes best friends with an invulnerable alien messiah after they beat the shit out of each other. Was Daniel Day-Lewis making a sequel to Lincoln? Because not only would he have shot his own parents to get into character, but he’d probably actually fight crime with an eight-year-old in tights until somebody points out it’s kind of pedophile-ish. That person would then get stabbed with a Batarang, but you get what I’m trying to say here.

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  1. The next time Warner Bros. complains that movie piracy is what’s cutting into their profits, I’m going to punch them right in the dick.

  2. I was wondering when you would chime in on this fuckery that just happened. Dude, what the fuck just happened? This can’t be real.

    • After they ate a bunch of ‘shrooms execs came up with this idea….” will bring new dimension to the duality of this character.”

      Lets hope Affleck bloats up and fades into oblivion after this flops.

  3. Fuck them, fuck us, fuck everybody.

  4. They say that when you cast Affleck as Batman you not only take away what he was, but all he will ever be.

  5. Ed

    You know what, compared to the list you posted the other week, this isn’t that bad.

    I can see Ben as Bruce Wayne, but as Batguy? It’s hard to imagine anyone as him, really? I wont knock it until I see the trailer.

  6. I’ll say it. I like Ben Affleck. Always have. I’m actually fine with this. There was a whole lot more wrong with that Daredevil movie than Affleck.

  7. Jenn

    I like Ben, he’s grown up since Daredevil, he may be an ok Batman.
    I’d rather have seen Karl Urban in the role because he’s awesome.

    • Me too, I was rooting for Karl.

    • EricLR

      I like Affleck. He’s great in certain roles. He was hilarious in his Kevin Smith movies, does great “charming sidekick” and “loveable rogue,” did an underrated turn as a bumbling young Jack Ryan, and is a pretty good director.

      But much a fan as I am, this isn’t his kind of role. I could buy him as Bruce Wayne. But a grizzled Batman in a comic book movie? I don’t see that. And frankly, I’m not even sure why he would want the part (aside from the money). Comic book movies are pretty fucking bland, AFAIC.

  8. Arzach

    Did Warner Brothers want to kill the movie BEFORE it is even filmed???
    For me Affleck is a great director and writer, but a shitty actor. Even his brother could have done better as Batman.

  9. Batu Khan

    This is a misreporting and he’s actually directing the movie not starring in it! Tell me that’s what happened. TELL ME!!!

  10. Napoleon Bonaparte

    This is good news for The Town 2 mask ideas.

  11. Great. He’s already ruined my favorite superhero, why not slaughter Batman too? Hey, next he can take over as Iron Man!

    • Mark Wahlberg wants to be the next Iron Man.

      Maybe so he can have a re-match with his archnemesis, Vietnamese Guy (the one Wahlberg almost killed).

      http://www.tooasian.ca/the-real-mark-wahlberg-a-racist-man

      [At 15, Mark Wahlberg harassed a group of African American school children on a field trip by throwing rocks (causing injuries) and shouting racial epithets. When he was 16, Wahlberg approached a middle-aged Vietnamese man on the street and, using a large wooden stick, knocked him unconscious (while calling him “Vietnam fucking shit”), he also attacked another Vietnamese man, leaving him permanently blind in one eye, and attacked a security guard (again using racist language).

      Commenting in 2006 on his past crimes, Wahlberg has stated: “I did a lot of things that I regretted and I have certainly paid for my mistakes.” He said the right thing to do would be to try to find the blinded man and make amends, and admitted he has not done so, but added that he was no longer burdened by guilt.]

      • When Wahlberg says he “paid for his mistakes”, he means he didn’t do any serious jail time and went on to fame and fortune.

        If only he’d been there on 9/11, he’d have kicked all the terrorists’ asses!

        [In a new interview with Men's Journal, Wahlberg says that world history would have been different had he not made a fortuitous decision to fly to Toronto a week early and thus avoid boarding one of the planes out of Boston that crashed into the World Trade Center on September 11th.

        "If I was on that plane with my kids, it wouldn’t have went down like it did," he tells the magazine. "There would have been a lot of blood in that first-class cabin and then me saying, 'OK, we’re going to land somewhere safely, don’t worry.'"

        Wahlberg has spoken before of the near-miss, and the action he would have taken had he been on the flight.

        "We certainly would have tried to do something to fight," he said in 2006. "I've had probably over 50 dreams about it."]

      • He’s such an unmitigated douche.

  12. malaka

    they should get ashton kutcher to play both superman and batman.

    i have a good friend who is a certified batman geek and his favorite batman movie is batman & robin because of the fact that it is such an epic train wreck.

  13. “We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular superheroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill ..”

    No. Bad Warner Brothers. Bad.

  14. malaka

    for every action (peter dinklage hula hooping in a gay bar)
    there is an equal and opposite reaction…..

  15. I got to back Uncle Phil on this. I liked Ben Affleck as Daredevil. I think he can make a decent Batman. I got to see what direction they’re going with the movie before I pass judgement.

    • It’s not like it was the best movie ever, but it wasn’t Affleck deciding to film all the fight scenes with shaky cam in a dark room. Affleck didn’t design the costumes, or pick the soundtrack, or everything associated with Colin Ferrel. Not sure why it’s all his fault.

      • Because he can’t act. Never could, never improved.

      • You should watch Hollywoodland Al. Affleck kills it. Or don’t. We’re both just random strangers on the internet, so it’s OK if we disagree.

      • No one’s saying it’s all his fault. But all the other stuff doesn’t excuse the fact that Ben sucked. Sure, he wasn’t Colin Farrel bad, but it was still pretty dreadful. I’ll admit that I’m pretty biased because I’m a huge fan of the comics, but most people who complain about it haven’t even read a single issue of Daredevil and could still see the flaws. Ben just isn’t cut out for being a superhero.

      • Hey Minako, is the current Waid run on Daredevil worth reading? I’m really digging his Hulk work right now. I keep thinking about adding it to the pull list but am gathering opinions currently.

        I’ve also heard the Directors Cut of Daredevil is much better. The idea is it suffered a lot from the studio editing process. Haven’t seen it though, so I can’t really say.

      • I’ve been pretty poor lately, so I’m about ten issues behind, but I had enjoyed what I’d read of volume 3 so far. The story is solid, though the art leaves much to be desired.

        If you ever get the chance, I suggest going back to volume 2 though. That’s when the series really seemed to find its voice, especially with Bendis.

      • The art is what has been holding me back. I can’t decide if I like it or hate it. I may wait to pick up a TPB.

      • Honestly, if DD wasn’t my favorite hero and I’d noticed the art I would have just backed away slowly. [Art is a huge part of my comics experience.] But the writing does make up for it and it’s not SO BAD that it becomes a distraction. It’s just… you don’t want to linger on the pages studying every detail, I guess. If you aren’t sure about things, I would suggest torrenting a couple issues before spending the money.

  16. …all that means is there are two retards posting here.

  17. anonymous

    I don’t see it as that bad compared to some of the other names they were tossing out. At one point, I read Orlando “4-foot Girly Man” Bloom was in the running. LOL

  18. I could easily see him as Bruce Wayne, but he’s going to be more of a joke as Batman than Clooney.

  19. Blob

    ‘Hold this for me, Alfred.’

  20. This is bad news indeed. I hope customers/fans vote via tickets sales. Hollywood ,how about some continuity? Imagine they change the actor( Arnie) for the T-800 model 101 Terminator in every film.

  21. Were all the good actors killed by Farrah Abraham’s anal flood?
    This is the worst casting choice EVER!!!
    He’s a good director, absolutely crap actor. One day people will realise just cause he sucked Matt Damon’s dick doesn’t mean he is Matt Damon.
    Maybe they’ll photoshop his wife’s horse chin over his lax jowls when he’s in costume.
    Now they just need to cast Shia as Robin and Megan Fox as Catwoman and the fuckiest shittiest movie ever made will be complete.

  22. Margaret

    DC continues to make grape decisions. Brolin would be almost as amazing as if they had ever thought to make Batman with Clint Eastwood back in the day. They gonna have to change this decision or I can alreadys watch this hunk of shit movie in mind. Wait…..it’s starting……..annnnnnd sucks. Thanks, Holllywood. You. Are. Terrible.

  23. EDWARD ELIZABETH HITLER

    GOOD. Hopefully this will be the fucking death knell for all these god damned comic book movies.

  24. EricLR

    This could only be made more perfect if they announce Kevin Smith to direct and Jim Carrey to play the villain.

  25. Karl Urban

    Impersonating an actor… the sentence is… death!

  26. StayPuft Overlord

    So then, the Superficial Writer wrote, “ridiculous on its face because Tony Stahk ain’t no freakin’ Southie.”

  27. Cock Dr

    Well I did wish death upon the Batman franchise.
    Perhaps I should now make a large donation to the Church of the Invisible Flying Spaghetti Monster.

  28. Robb7

    Does anyone really give a shit about the Batman franchise except 11 year olds!!

  29. alex

    I guess Keanu Reeves wasn’t available. Fuck me.

  30. Cher X

    I was rooting for Josh Brolin. This sucks.

  31. buhda

    *** THIS JUST IN. Clint Eastwood as Commissioner Gordon.. ***

    • EDWARD ELIZABETH HITLER

      Yes but does he have a BEER and CHEETS on his wife?

      (bonus points for anyone who knows the AICN meme).

  32. Taylor

    Zack Snyder just announced he’s bringing back the nipple suits too!

    Dear Hollywood,
    I’m done with you!

    Sincerely,

    A pissed off life long Batman fanboy

  33. LMO

    I lurk here, and when I heard this news I rushed over here to see fish implode. hmmmm i expected more tears and fists shaking at the sky. Well done Mr. Fish

  34. That long, continuous laugh we’ve all been hearing ever since this news broke, it obviously comes from Kevin Feige and the rest of the Disney execs, rolling themselves silly.

    “Wait, wait, wait… you first took away Reynolds, making sure that we’ll have to find a better Deadpool, and now you’re also taking away Affleck!? ‘Know what? DC Comics DOES ROCK! The New 52 – all day, every day!!!”

    … By the way, summer 2015 will also see “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Star Wars: Episode 7″. They’re already kicking their ass right now, but Disney will be owning Warners so hard by then, a new Emancipation Proclamation will have to be written for them.

  35. Just goes to show how fucked up and hopeless Hollywood is and always will be.

    Josh Brolin is perfect for the role as an older Batman. He has the growly menace voice and scowl perfected.

    Affleck comes off in every film–every single film–as an overaged frat boy. My Granny Larsson could beat the shit out of him.

    But because of Argo, Ben Affleck is “hot” so he gets the Batman role, never mind that he’s all wrong for it.

  36. The best part about this news? We’re all posting a bunch of stuff and arguing, but the story we’re all arguing about doesn’t involve people in Florida being shot or raped in Ohio or Ted Nugent saying dumb shit.

  37. s-man

    Affleck’s an OK actor but he’s inherently ingratiating/eager-to-please which is exactly wrong for Batman (this was Clooney’s problem too): it’s hard to see him being cold/potentially unhinged enough to work well.

  38. Brooke

    Well…. hmmm. I didn’t like Bale as Batman (it’s the lisp, I can’t stand it) or Clooney, so I am not surprised this doesn’t impress me. But at the same time, I think he is a much better actor now than he was fifteen years ago, and if this is a Snyder movie I’m guessing the loopy special effects will override everything else anyway. So fuck it. I’m more interested to see who will play the Flash and Wonder Woman.

    • I hear Kathy Bates is going to be playing Wonder Woman.

    • Trex

      Oh no! This doesn’t impress you!!!?? My god, that’s all that matters. Please, keep on listing why you didn’t like any actors to play the Batman. We really, really care. Plus, maybe you can make some suggestions about who her royal Highness would pick for the Flash and Wonder Woman. You are so important!

    • Ben Affleck is an “ok” actor and overrated director. He’s the Jennifer Aniston of male actors, merely playing a slightly different version of himself in all of his movies. As a director his movies are watchable and well-made but he’s no auteur. Even his best efforts don’t compare with the average Scorsese, DePalma, Tarantino, or Francis Coppola. His “Argo” winning Best Picture will go down in history as one of the biggest of non-deserving Best Pictures. Don’t get me wrong, Argo was good but not great. Put in “F” in front of Argo. Now that’s a great movie. Josh Brolin would have been not only safer casting choice but probably way more successful in a final movie product. This guy has real acting chops. He played George W. Bush in W, a young Tommy Lee Jones in Men in Black 3, a smarmy banker in Wall Street 2. He was fantastic in No Country for Old Men which showed he can play troubled heroes. He can play both good and evil which is exactly what Batman requires. Look at Ben Afflecks career, about as much acting range as Kermit the frog, and that’s probably an insult to Kermit.

  39. LV426

    This doesn’t deserve a witty comment. As if the original idea for the movie wasn’t awful enough.

    Zack Snyder, go fuck yourself.

  40. Jesus kid. Go outside. Get some fresh air. Talk to a girl. Play fetch with your dog. It’s just a movie.

  41. Bringbackbabalu

    The Flash….
    Or was it Daredevil?

    I don’t remember, just remember Ben in a Red Spandex Suit and it was the worst superhero movie ever, even with that chick…why don’t they just bring back Val Kilmer?

  42. I don’t see Affleck as Batman – I would have much prefered some of the others mentioned – my personal favorite was Wes Bentley (American Beauty/Hunger Games)
    That being said though, I don’t think people should judge Affleck’s ability to do a super hero role based on a movie he did 10 years ago. Like anything else, actors evolve over time. Years ago – Robert Downey Jr. was doing low class garbage like Soap Dish, and now he is Iron Man.

  43. crb

    BROLIN OR URBAN, MAN!

  44. Zack Snyder will be heading the FX channel after this soon-to-be-flop crashes and burns like Rome.
    How could they put that fucker in BM’s shoes?
    Harry Dean Morgan or John fucking Hamm baby.

  45. Damn shame. I’ve been liking his work lately, and I was just about over his being named “sexiest man alive” during the horrific, dark and evil Bennifer period. Why couldn’t he just stay the damn course with the gritty action dramas? That was working well for him.

  46. This news is devastating. I will not see this movie because without Christian Bale, there is no Batman.

  47. People WORLWIDE have SPOKEN! 50,000 signed PETITIONS in 1 day! NO Ben BATMAN!
    Point 1: STOP COMPARING Aflac to other actors who can act–Keaton, Ledger(rip), etc.
    Point 2: Those actors didn’t have the HUGE FAME NEGATIVE BAGGAGE Aflac has (horrific Gigli, Daredevil, Bad taste in women JLo ghetto, gambling and arrogant persona, etc. etc.)!

  48. soup or fischel

    “Hey Ben, you know I did a movie with an ape once. Twice actually.”
    “Yeah Clint, I worked with Robin Williams too.”

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