It sounded like the funniest joke of all time the other day (Aug. 22, 2013) when the news came over 1500ESPN locally. Ben Affleck will be Batman in the upcoming "Man of Steel 2: Batman vs. Superman" (tentative and unofficial title), starring opposite Henry Cavill, the new Superman. Not just that film but also in Warner Brother's upcoming Justice League film as well. Is Zack Snyder (director of "Man of Steel") as insane as Joel Schumacher (director, "Batman Forever", "Batman and Robin")? Is Warner Brothers being overrun by inmates from Arkham Institute for the Criminally Insane? Holy bad choices, Batman.
It seems to be true. Affleck is indeed rearranging his schedule to include these projects in Warner Brothers' efforts to push the DC Comics superheroes in competition with Disney/Marvel and their massively successful franchises including "X-Men", "The Avengers", "Iron Man" and "Wolverine").
Affleck is a solid enough actor for some roles, roles that are not overly demanding or complex. Like the guy he played in "Pearl Harbor" or "Armageddon" or even the revisionist history epic "Argo". Batman/Bruce Wayne is very demanding and extremely complex. The role was elevated to dizzying heights by Christian Bale who (sadly) is stepping down.
Affleck already attempted the comic book hero thing in "Daredevil" back in 2003 and failed miserably. His effort was laughably bad with no depth, no emotion, no grasp on reality of any kind. There is little on his filmography since 2003 to indicate that he's gotten better at playing a character with two sides. Far Bale, it came naturally. For Affleck, it would have to be programmed indelibly onto his brain by a super-computer or some such device.
Of course, Affleck isn't the worst choice of men who've been considered for the role of Batman. Among the actors on that list are several choices that would have been and still would be worse. Charlie Sheen. William Baldwin. Ashton Kutcher. Joshua Jackson. Jake Gyllenhaal. Ethan Hawke. Affleck is better than any two of those actors combined but it still seems to be the wrong choice. Still, it's going to happen and there's little to be done except to accept it.