Fans have gone crazy at the thought of Ben Affleck as ‘Batman’, but they have yet to consider what Zack Snyder or the producers at Warner Bros. were thinking when they cast him. Fans and the internet just might be wrong about their reaction, according to a recent article in Forbes magazine.
While the internet seems to unanimously have the bitter taste of ‘Dare Devil’ and ‘Gigli’ in their mouth. Fans can’t help but wonder if Affleck is destined for a flop or a success in his next role as the “Caped Crusader”. Fans went even as far as putting up a petition on the official White House page asking the president to intervene and help reverse the casting. The petition was immediately removed from the page saying that it violated terms of service.
The choice to get Affleck onboard wasn’t just a spur of the moment thing. It took some decision-makers to ultimately come to a decision, which is usually the case with major studio movies like this one. Zack Snyder, Greg Silverman (president of Warner Brothers), and WB’s board members ultimately had a hand in this decision.
Here’s what Silverman said about Affleck:
“We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some,”
Check out the 7 reasons Ben Affleck will rock as Batman.
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Ben Affleck seems to be the only actor who has received more negative criticism than any single actor in the last decade. Fans and critics alike are constantly bashing him for his bad roles in bad movies. While being cast as Batman is an angering choice for fans, they are missing a few key elements as to why Affleck will rock as Batman.
7. Affleck is a really nice guy
7. Affleck is a really nice guy –
He’s considered a good person who works his butt off not just at making movies but as a father and husband and on social issues that he cares about deeply. Affleck has addressed Congress and attended benefits in support of the A-T Children’s Project, launched the”Small Change Campaign” to benefit Feeding America, and also participated in the “Live Below the Line” campaign in which he drew attention to poverty by living on $1.50 (the extreme poverty line) for one day.
6. He will probably direct some Batman movies
6. He will probably direct some Batman movies –
Affleck directing Batman could be the greatest thing to happen since Christopher Nolan was hired to direct some Batman movies. Just imagine a Riddler story with all of the mysteries and twists and detective work of Gone Baby Gone, and an intricate realistic plot as exciting as the heist from The Town.
5. He could be writing some of the screenplay
5. He could be writing some of the screenplay –
Accepting the role of Batman almost certainly means Ben Affleck will have a hand in developing the Batman character and maybe even writing some of the screenplay for “Batman vs. Superman”. Affleck won an Oscar for his screenwriting once before (‘Good Will Hunting’), and will probably win another one.
4. Past performance doesn’t determine future performance
4. Past performance doesn’t determine future performance –
Back in the late 1980′s, when Michael Keaton was cast as Batman, fans went absolutely nuts – threatening mass boycotts and starting petitions to reverse the casting. It was considered the worst casting of all time. The Mr. Mom jokes went on and on right up until opening day, and then everyone shut up really fast.
Likewise, Heath Ledger received all of the gay jokes and slurs about his previous roles. Yeah, nobody expected Ledger to be that good.
Fans don’t see potential like a good director does. Who would’ve thought Henry Cavill would make an outstanding Superman? Zack Snyder did and he’s still directing.
3. Affleck can act
3. Affleck can act –
Ben Affleck’s acting has been nominated for awards from many of the biggest and most prestigious, informed organizations in the world, including but not limited to: BAFTA, Broadcast Film Critics Association, Chicago Film Critics Association, Golden Globes, National Board of Review, Screen Actor’s Guild, and the Venice Film Festival. This isn’t just any random actor they’ve cast here.
2. Directing gave Affleck insight
2. Directing gave Affleck insight –
Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and Argo demonstrated terrific directing talent and fantastic ability to pull top-notch performances out of actors. As Affleck’s insights and perspectives about acting grew and matured, his own performances — especially in movies where he had a hand in the writing and/or directing — are even better.
1. Affleck is a box office draw
1. Affleck is a box office draw –
A look at Affleck’s box office tallies makes all of this abundantly clear — films with him in a lead role have combined for $2.7 BILLION worldwide in 16 years. That means Ben Affleck’s lead-actor career has basically brought in an average of about $168 million every single year to Hollywood for 16 straight years, even years he wasn’t in a movie.