Daredevil Is Batman

Specifically, July 17th 2015

Now, I know that headline is a little unfair, and a comparison that everyone will be making, but it is technically true. In the same way that, three years ago the headline might could have read "Human Torch is Captain America."

But the truth - the inexplicable, sort of confusing truth - is that Ben Affleck has been hired to play Bruce Wayne, aka The Batman, in Zack Synder's upcoming Cash Cow BatWorld vs SuperFine. Synder's official statement reads:
"Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry [Cavill]'s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can't wait to work with him."

Now I'm going to go against the current tone of the internet, and indeed my own generally pessimistic tendencies, and not make a judgement on Affleck's ability to play the Dark Knight. I will, however, continue to make all sorts of judgements against the upcoming World's Finest vs Superman: it will be rubbish. There.

Now, back to Affleck. His casting is surprising, but then again, so has the casting of every Batman since the 1980's. Michael Keaton was a relatively unknown comedic actor when he was cast, and the various failures of the Burton films aside, he was a solid Batman (literally, walking around in that much layered rubber made him the Dark Brick Shithouse). Val Kilmer and George Clooney were just as unconventional choices. And Christen Bale was best known for his role in American Psycho. None of them, aside from perhaps Kilmer, were recognised action stars before taking on the role. And Affleck hasn't been an action movie star since his first stage career ejection. In an odd bit of career Freaky Fridaydom, it is now Matt Damon that is running and jumping and exploding all over the screen.

Since then, Affleck has proven himself to be a capable actor and a director with vision. And while I personally didn't care for Argo, either from a creative or performance angle, I am in the minority on that one, but I loved The Town. Hopefully, Affleck's casting suggests that the focus of Batman+Superman 4ever will be a character study, a compare and contrast between Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent as obsessive and motivated individuals, and how these two very different characters, through both methods and abilities are as incompatible as the forces at work in the very world they live in.

AHAHAHA. Yeah right. This is Zack Synder we're talking about. This film will have as much emotional depth as a fruit cup. Still, despite the fact that the film will suck, there remains the chance that Affleck will blow us all out of the water with his performance, just like Heath Ledger did with his Joker. Remember, internet? Remember when you all hated that casting choice with a fiery passion that went unmatched on this or any other Earth? And remember when all your face holes clapped shut faster then an unlubricated sphincter once he appeared on screen? Affleck has that opportunity now. My suggestion to him would be not to waste it.

Of all the anti-Affleck backlash I've seen today, my favourite has to come from, of all places, Richard Dreyfuss, who posted this on twitter:

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About MR. Clark

Adopting the descriptor of "successfully unpublished author", MR. Clark began writing things on the internet in 2012, which he believed to be an entirely reputable and civilized place to find and deliver information. He regrets much.


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