Warner Bros has set the fanboy world on fire with their announcement that Argo actor/director Ben Affleck will be taking Christian Bale's place as the Dark Knight Detective— Batman. Outraged fans have taken to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to lodge their opposition, with some starting an online petition to have WB reverse their decision.
Many site 2003's Daredevil as the reason why Affleck would be disastrous as the caped-crusader, but is that fair? The fact of the matter is Daredevil was poorly written and directed. It also didn't help that Jennifer Garner was miscast as Electra and Colin Farrell was miscast as Bullseye, but the characters weren't true to the characters from the comic— It was just a poor adaptation.
As for Affleck being a bad choice for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman, let's face it, if Chris Nolan's Batman Begins was poorly written and directed, people would be complaining about Bale's over the top "Batman voice" and his dorkey looking cowl, that made him look more like a bat-bobble head than a Dark Knight. Bale didn't look like the Bruce Wayne from the comics, but a good script and a good director can make up for a lot. The fact of the matter is, Affleck is over 6 feet tall and I'm sure they are going to pump him up, making him a very opposing figure to the villain of Gotham, especially in the outfit, which I hope will be more aesthetically appealing than the Bale costume.
Remember when Tim Burton cast Michael Keaton as Batman back in 1989's Batman? Fans were outraged, yet the movie went on to become a big blockbuster, spawned several sequels, and put the county into Batmania for several months— a phenomena that only happened once before in the 1960's, when the Batman TV series hit the airwaves.
As far as I'm concerned none of the live-action actors really looked the part of Bruce Wayne, with the exception of George Clooney, who wound up being terrible in the role and responsible, in many fans minds, for killing the franchise. In fact, I think the most faithful adaptation of the character was in the award-winning animated Batman TV series (1992-1995)— Kevin Conroy was the best "voice" of Batman!
So now Affleck will don the bat-tights and assume the mantle of the bat, in the new film set to team the Dark Knight with the Man of Steel in what WB is calling a sequel to this summer's hit movie, The Man of Steel. The film is scheduled to be released in July of 2015.
My guess is, if it's well written and well directed and they stay true to the characters, the film will do well and the fervor over Affleck as Batman will be all but forgotten.
What do you think?