When Ben Affleck was announced by Warner Brothers to play Bruce Wayne/Batman in Zack Snyder's upcoming sequel to Man of Steel, the internet went crazy. Now that the rage has calmed down to a quiet smolder, we're starting to hear a bit more about just what kind of character Affleck will be playing.
Since Batman to the screen in 1943 (Lewis Wilson, in a 15-episode serial), he has been alternately smug and kitschy, brooding and introverted, wise-cracking and cartoonish, and obsessed and altruistic. So what direction will Ben Affleck be asked to take the character?
Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara told investors at a September 12 gathering that Batman will be "tired and weary seasoned and been doing it for a while." Tsujihara brushed aside fans' concerns about Affleck's appointment, saying, "Ben is perfect for the vision Zack has for that character. The fact that you saw such a passionate response in the blogosphere is really kind of a testament to the love that people have for this character."
While the $660 million that Man of Steel raked in pleased the studio, critics received the film with mixed reviews, with some questioning Zack Snyder's ability to construct and direct compelling human drama.
Whether Ben Affleck can play anything other than Ben Affleck, regardless of who is directing, is yet another question that weighs on the minds of fans.
The sequel to Man of Steel is slated to arrive in theaters Summer 2015.