Ben Affleck’s casting as Bruce Wayne/Batman has caused a lot of rage, and my knee-jerk reaction was close to that. The first thought in mind — and for many others — was the dreadful Daredevil movie Affleck was in. But that was 10 years ago. Affleck has arguably grew as an actor, and even more so, grew as a director.
George Clooney, the star of the hilariously awesome-for-all-the-wrong-reasons, Batman & Robin, had amusing words about the casting.
“I am the least qualified person to comment on anyone playing the role of Batman since I so terribly destroyed the part […] I tend to look at it like this – let’s just see what the movie is before everyone starts beating him up. He is a smart man, he knows what he is doing.”
He has a point. He utterly destroyed the part. But that was also the fault of the direction of the film. No one wanted another Adam West Batman at the time. Nowadays we (by which I mean “I”) can appreciate Batman & Robin. Regardless, Clooney did make a good Bruce Wayne.
I’m reserving judgement until the sequel to Man of Steel is out. But I’m sure I’ll enjoy it no matter what. After all, if it turns out to be a train wreck, it’ll make a great drinking game.