It came out Friday night (or at least hit my Twitter feed Friday night, via Kevin Smith) that the next Batman is no other than Daredevil himself, Ben Affleck.
Now. I like Ben Affleck. I’m a huge oldschool ViewAskewniverse fan, and Affleck did some great work with KSmith. Also, he was the bomb in Phantoms. Yo.
As I sit here, though, and I try to picture Ben Affleck as Batman, I end up picturing George Clooney as Batman: genial, amicable, with a cockeyed smile and a goddamned BATMAN credit card. A CREDIT CARD!
It doesn’t click, not right off the bat. (OF COURSE the pun was intended.) It’s not RDJ announced as Tony Stark. It’s not Chris Hemsworth announced as Thor, or Henry Cavill as Superman, or Michael Chiklis as the Thing. (Yes, the Fantastic Four movies were heinous but he was the absolute right guy for that part.) It’s the dude from Chasing Amy and Reindeer Games as Batman.
Then I think of late rcareer Affleck. The Affleck of Argo who could have won a Best Actor Oscar. The Affleck of The Town who proved he could play scary. I begin to think, you know what? That Affleck could pull this off. That Affleck could work. Maybe I’m interested to see how this pans out. Because, hey, you know what other actor name didn’t click with the role immediately?
Heath Ledger, announced as the Joker.
For me, as always, this really isn’t about Ben Affleck. It’s about the infinitesimal amount of faith I have in Warner Bros./DC being able to get a comic book movie right. So I could have really used this casting announcement to click. Instead, we get Ben Affleck, the man who was billed in Mallrats as Buttman, playing Batman.
So. Here we are. You’re Batman, Affleck. You’re Batman. Do us all a favor, and be the bomb in this, too.
Tom Hoefner (@TomHoefner on Twitter) is a playwright, theatre director, college professor, and would-be novelist living in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter.
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