I’ll hold my hands up and admit that the only Ben Affleck film that I can really remember watching is Daredevil (I suspect you’re all rolling your eyes at the computer screen at the very mention of the film). Alright, it wasn’t brilliant, but it’s not like it was the worst film that’s been made in the history of cinema. Was it? And, if I’m not mistaken, apparently Affleck has more than redeemed himself of that cinematic faux pas in recent productions, namely Argo, which was an outstanding film (or so I’m told by people who saw it).
If I have any reservations about this casting decision at all it’s this: I simply can’t imagine Ben Affleck with the general arrogance and mystery of Batman/Bruce. I just can’t. Although, having said that, I believe there was a time, pre-Bale, when Batman himself wasn’t half as arrogant as he has become in recent films. The problem with casting anyone as a famous superhero type is that people will always criticise the actor (because there‘s always someone better, in everyone else‘s opinion), before the film has even been made, for not being able to ‘be’ the character properly. I can’t help but wonder if Affleck was the first Batman (and Daredevil hadn’t been made), would everyone be upchucking about this news to the same extent?
I would like the record to reflect that, should Affleck prove himself to be an epic failure when it comes to filling the boots of Batman, I will be the first person (actually, I probably won’t be the first, but I’ll be in first one hundred people, hopefully) to tear him a new one for it. Ultimately, I will reserve judgement until this now-controversial film is released, and I’ll be quietly optimistic that the new Batman will be able to prove people wrong when this film finally arrives.