Ben Affleck is a good choice for Batman in the sequel to The Man of Steel. But critical issues with people not liking the film, and even more people not liking Affleck have certainly revved up the issue.
Before getting in to the how's and why’s of it, we need to take a look at the first film and examine it a bit before blending the two characters.
This movie, has the heart and backbone of classic Superman , if not the tone. Zack Snyder and company could have gone for all mindless action or deep syrupy philosophy and heroic deconstruction, see Watchmen and/or Sucker Punch, but didn't.
Instead we get a Kryptonian from Kansas, who loves his country, respects authority, and learns to control what he can do. Clark , or Kal-El as he's also known exudes both boy-next-door Boy Scout-ishness, and not of this world wonder. Henry Cavill played his role smart. His Superman is not Reeve or Routh, and that's a good thing that he's not. He chooses to play the character as a man trying to walk in two worlds and serve both as best he's can.
Now, in the movie we learn that the Kryptonians that arrive on Earth are having a hard time adapting to our atmosphere, and controlling the abilities that our yellow sun gives them. Throughout the movie we are given plenty of info on how over time the newly arrived aliens are becoming more powerful and will eventually adapt to our environment. In fact, Lois Lane shows definite concern over Clark taking out a machine that is reproducing Krypton's atmosphere, as it could weaken him.
Due to these invaders, Superman is initially considered as hostile and towards the end of the movie is shown having trust issues with the U.S. Government.
Also, backed into a corner to save Earth by his enemy, General Zod, and trying to preserve life, he has to take one, Zod's. With his act to protect human beings from an enemy that was almost as strong as he is, he became the last of his kind.
Now we have an alien that participated in mass destruction, has taken life, has a shaky trust with authority and with all this world traveling weariness, has a naivety and optimism that pushes through and colors his life outlook and his issues.
Enter a cynical, non-apologetic, unwavering vigilante. Someone who respects authority but is not afraid to mess with it in the name of justice. Someone, who has been washed down to the bone and fought to get back up. And that's how Ben Affleck could work into this series. Not just because of his demeanor in such films as 'Changing Lanes' and 'Argo' but also because of his own real world experiences.
This world was constructed by Snyder, Nolan, and plotter/scripter David Goyer, is where this Superman is not alone in this world. From the Wayne Tech Satellite crashed through by our hero we know he's not alone. We also know due to a certain Lexcorp logo on a tall building and a crashed fuel truck that Lex Luthor walks this world as well.
Bryan Cranston has signed to take on that particular role, and looks to serve as a catalyst and antagonist for our heroes.
Kate Perez of Pasadena, TX, had this to say on the casting: “ Brian Cranston had proven his worth as an actor in Breaking Bad. Ben Afleck is a good actor and hopefully can bring the "good" back to the Batman character that I grew up with.”
Affleck is a comics fan and unlike other actors looking to do a comic book movie to be different or just the money, he has past experience due to his role in Daredevil. Howevr some fans have mixed emotions about the casting.
“When Affleck was announced as Daredevil way back when, I admit I was not keen on it. Then I saw the film and was really impressed with his performance. But as Batman, I'm where I was back then on my thoughts. I just don't know. He's done some great work in some of his recent dramatic roles. So, it's not George Clooney”, said Matthew Hoffpauir of Vidor, TX.
But you can't please everyone just ask Gabriel Corral of Houston, TX : “I'm not happy about the Batman situation. I mean, since when did Bruce have a Boston accent? “