So much for the 60 million dollar offer to Christian Bale, huh? In a bit of a surprise, Warner Bros. announced today that Ben Affleck has been tabbed as the next Dark Knight for the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman film. This isn't such a massive shock because, a year ago, the 41-year old actor/director was reportedly offered the chance to direct the prospective Justice League movie.
However, one of the speculated reasons he had supposedly declined was because he had insisted on being in the flick, as well. Another reason this shouldn't have happened is Affleck himself has gone on record as saying he was never going to go superhero again. In 2006, at the premiere of Hollywoodland (a film in which he played George Reeves, the original Superman), he offered this quote:
"By playing a superhero in Daredevil, I have inoculated myself from ever playing another superhero. Wearing a costume was a source of humiliation for me and something I wouldn't want to do again soon."
Seven or eight years is long enough, we can assume. Yes, the Academy Award winning writer was once the blind lawyer from Hell's Kitchen. Yes, DD was awful. But Affleck was hardly the reason. The story and look was completely off base from the spirit of the character. The part of Daredevil is very much akin to that of Batman. Both characters lost parents to violence and turned to vigilante justice as a result. The other thing they have in common? They don't have super powers, per se. DD has his finely attuned hearing and radar but he can't fly or anything. Another factor to consider is that both comic book heroes' most important works have been written by Frank Miller, whom Batman Vs. Superman director Zack Snyder has recently sought council. Miller's The Dark Knight Returns is believed to be the source material. Snyder himself offered this statement about the casting of Affleck:
“Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry [Cavill]’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.”
The other part of the big announcement is that the film will be released Jul 17, 2015. Things are obviously moving pretty fast and fans should be pretty excited. Maybe Affleck isn't the Batman they wanted, but he likely will be the one they deserve.