Worst Casting Decision Ever!!! Meet Your New Batman

Really Warner Bros, REALLY!!! I’m not a Ben Affleck hater by any means. I’m probably the only one who enjoyed Jersey Girl and was his biggest cheerleader when he won an Oscar for Argo, but c’mon. This casting news is the worst ever. Did the studio not watch Daredevil? That was a trainwreck and a half. I’m almost tempted not to watch the upcoming Man of Steel sequel because of this lapse in judgement.

“Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’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.” – director Zack Snyder

“We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular superheroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some,” said Greg Silverman, Warner Bros. president for creative development and worldwide production. “His outstanding career is a testament to his talent, and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character.”

How in the hell did Affleck beat out all the other rumored contenders? Whatever happened to Tyler Hoechlin? For that matter, Ryan Gosling, Joe Manganiello, Richard Armitage, Max Martini, Matthew Goode or even Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Back in July, bookies made Gordon-Levitt an early favorite to step into Christian Bale’s utility belt. Affleck’s name wasn’t even mentioned on a list of 15 possible Batman contenders reported by the London Guardian.

The movie, which is still untitled, is slated to begin production next year, and open in theaters on July 17, 2015. In a full circle kind of moment. Back in 2006, Affleck portrayed George Reeves, who famously played the Man of Steel on TV. What do you think of Affleck suiting up as the Caped Crusader? Sound off below.

  • Damien

    I’m still waiting for two years or more to give comment about this. I’ll get back at you later.

  • jolincas

    WTF with this… They should have paid more to Christian Bale, he is the best batman ever, or choosing someone like him. Ben Affleck is a great actor, but he doesn’t look the part. It’s like choosing Meryl Strip to be Catwoman, even if she is the best actress in the world, she doesn’t look the part.

  • Marco

    I don’t like him as Batman either…


    I had the same reaction when I heard the news Heath Ledger casted as the Joker in “The Dark Knight”… and it turned out Heath did a great job portraying the character.

    So I’ll give Ben Affleck a chance and see how it will turn out…

  • chris

    If you call that the worst casting ever for Batman, can you actually say the same for Anne Hathaway as Catwoman? Personally, I never bought her as Catwoman. I always thought that someone with ‘femme fatale’ qualities should fit the role.

  • I’m so excited! Yay Affleck. Prove them wrong!

  • Brayden

    I agree with Chris, Ann Hathaway as catwoman sucked! But seriously, where’s all this hate coming from for Ben? I’m such a big comic book geek and batman fan, and honestly, I think he’s going to do an amazing job, much like he’s done with all of his career choices in the last 5 years or so. Seriously, give him a chance! He’s going to be brilliant!

  • jayson

    Christian Bale is not the best batman ever .. he was a “good” batman, maybe even a “brilliant” batman, but the only way to know if he is the best is to let someone outdo him, until then you can say/do nothing to back up this claim.

    They shouldnt have paid him more money, he was greedy, he has enough money !

    Give ben a chance before slating him! many people thought that hugh Jackman was originally a crap choice for wolverine, now look at them!

    Ben is a great actor, with great acting skills, and so what if people didnt like the cheesey daredevil films ?! Doesnt mean he’s not going to be much better at batman !

  • 547Cat

    Oh and as for the hathaway hate, leave her alone too! Do anyone of you know the reason she was picked for the role? Studied the film properly when watching, she wasnt meant to be the kick ass catwoman we all know and loathe, her one and only purpose in that film was to show the beginnings of catwoman and batmans relationship, and how they ended up where they are now. Aquaintances, Lovers, Enemies …

  • stranded

    I just don’t see it. But then again, i haven’t seen anything from Affleck since…fuck me, nothing i think. I can’t say i remember Good Will Hunting. He was OK in Dogma, but after that, i’ve not seen one bit of his work. He just doesn’t interest me.

  • Adam Dreaddy

    Ann Hathaway was BRILLIANT as Catwoman, don’t even! Back to Ben….

  • Ryan

    Strong acting chops didn’t help Kevin Spacey portray a great Lex Luthor. Batman just seems way outside of Ben Affleck’s wheelhouse, and we do have a point of reference with Daredevil. Through most of my teenage years he seemed to be everywhere, and for me he has never commanded the sort of presence on screen that you would expect from an actor portraying a character like Batman. This may be the case for others who aren’t thrilled, but I’m too biased by an underwhelming familiarity with his history on screen.

  • jay

    I’ll reserve judgement til I watch the movie also. Ben is not a bad actor, just had bad luck with Daredevil and Gigli.

  • justin

    joseph gordon levitt makes a great robin or nightwing character. ben affleck no for batman because i dont think he will do a good portrayal. it would be nice to see him all buff and hot but for batman i dont see it. i think one of the main issues is that christian bale did so well with batman its hard to see anybody really take over just like it would be hard to see anybody take over the iron man role from robert downey jr.

    i do think joe manganiello would be good or even mathew bomer, tyler hoechlin would have made sense too since he seems to have the comic book batman look already i think. ryan golsing would be a no too he wont look like batman. from all of the batman portrayals if he did it he would stick out of the line up. no for him maybe another role like flash would be good for him.

    anne hathaway as catwoman was amazing and the whole femme fatale stereotype/role for woman is misogynistic to a degree. so i liked how anne hathaway gave the character so much humanity and compassion instead of just evil crazy bitch like some other portrayals were.

  • AffleckSucksBawls

    Box Office DOOM.

    Double down Warner Bros and hire that worthless scum actor Matt Damon to play Robin.

    Who the hell is the producer? Max Bialystock????

  • Rob

    AWEFUL I still can’t believe it I felt like Michael Scott when toby returns I thought NOOOOOOO why NOOOOOOOOOOO worst casting ever

  • Shaan

    Just a small advice, don’t go for actors looking the part, that’s when the magic happens when they shine onscreen!

  • EvChemical

    I feel like most of the ‘Ben will be a bad Batman” side, are basing it off Daredevil. Which was made just over 10 years ago. I’d like to think he’s improved his craft over the last decade, so I’m interested on his portrayal of The Dark Knight.

    Hell, Affleck could be for Batman what Ledger was to the Joker. A very different take from Jack Nicholson, but great in their own right.

  • Leon Walker

    He has changed an awful lot as an actor, and grown massively, I say give him a shot, you’ll hate him right off the bat if ur not open to it!

  • Mikey M

    What happened to the wait and see approach. Has fanboy ism gotten this out of control?

  • Felipe

    I will say Ben Affleck has grown a lot over the years as an actor and I think playing “batman” isn’t the difficult part of the role. I think it’s the “Bruce Wayne” persona that’s difficult. Considering I think Christian Bale did a luke warm job portraying the man behind the mask at best, I think Ben Affleck could surpass him. Bruce Wayne is supposed to have an air of charisma and mystery about him that Christian Bale did not deliver with. Ben should be able to handle the subtle nuances of that side of his character. Sure, Christian did a pretty solid job playing the mopey damage, emo, side of Batman. But it’s the many layers of that character, and who he presents each layer to, that makes him fascinating. If Ben doesn’t overact the damaged serious side of Bruce Wayne, I think he’ll be fine.

  • Martin

    Good Luck, Ben…not your biggest fan, but all i have to say is when Michael Keaton was first cast as Batman…people were like ” Mr Mom as Batman??”

  • Hannah

    Anne Hathaway can’t ACT. Affleck can’t act. He will make for a horrible batman.

  • Patrick Sean

    This should be interesting. I have faith in Ben. However, I think they made a HUGE mistake not casting Hoechlin in the role.

  • Marco

    Anthony Misiano’s FB post:

    On Ben Affleck. (And some of his preceding Bat-men)

    If you plan to start reading this, finish it. This is not for the light readers and casual onlookers. Know that now.

    For a very steady twenty-four hours I have received a stream of private messages and posts on my wall all asking the same thing. Here’s the honest answer that we all must accept from everyone: we’ll have to wait and see.

    I’ve been an actor for over a dozen years, and a writer and director for the latter half of that time. I am a consummate film fanatic and compulsively detailed observer of the craft. Let me tell you something that for some reason is forgotten by so many. The script, direction and editing of a film will make it or break it and is responsible for ninety percent of your experience. Yet somehow the actors get blamed so often for a film being bad simply because they’re the face you see and therefore with whom you associate your experience. Have you ever noticed how when an actor was “amazing” in something, generally (not always) it’s also a good movie? And when they’re “terrible”, generally (not always) it’s a bad movie? Let this sink in.

    Everything before this point in this article is fact. Everything from here on out is opinion, and strictly so. You will not agree with everything I say. I am sorry if I offend you. I will use my opinions of these following examples to emphasize and support the above facts.

    Let’s take for example George Clooney. Before we recall his time as the caped crusader, let’s reflect on his career as an actor. He’s good. I personally think he’s very good. If one were to imagine a world where the film “Batman and Robin” never existed, and were then asked to cast an actor as an older Batman/Bruce Wayne, there is no doubt in my mind one would consider George for the part. Acting chops and marketability aside look at him for Pete’s sake. He looks like Bruce Wayne head to toe. Now let’s put him in a film with an absolutely mind numbingly horrible script and an appallingly gaudy and tacky art direction, and you have Batnipples McGee verses the blue Terminator. Was it George’s fault? No. Is he blamed daily for the last sixteen years? Yes.

    Christian Bale’s performance as a flat, emotionless, two dimensional Bruce Wayne with an airy screaming whisper when cowled is easily masked by the fact that Christopher Nolan is an extraordinarily technically proficient writer and director. The man knows how to craft a film, this cannot be denied. I’m in the camp of those who thought “The Dark Knight Rises” wasn’t very good, however it’s two predecessors were. “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight” are well scripted, well directed, well edited pieces of work that made a ton of money and people the world over love. They love this film SO much in fact that they don’t even realize how mediocre, borderline terrible Christian Bale is as Batman.

    What’s my point? Most of how Mr. Affleck does depends on the story and the filmmakers abilities to tell it. Had he been the age he is now in 1997 and filled the black boots in “Batman and Robin”, we’d think he’s terrible. Flip the coin and cast him in “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight”, we might find him irreplaceable.

    On a separate line of thinking: My favorite live action Batman has always been Michael Keaton. I personally think he played the character the best by far, and many people will agree with this sentiment. However (and most of you are too young to remember this) when it was announced that this short, lean, not traditionally handsome comedic actor (who started out doing standup) was going to play the Dark Knight people lost their freaking minds. They were later quite mistaken. Now we have a tall, physically fit, handsome dramatic actor with a very versatile resume cast in the role. Do you really think he doesn’t deserve a chance to shut us all up?

    I joined the masses in an anarchist uproar six years ago when I learned the Australian kid from “Ten Things I Hate About You” was going to be playing the Joker. What in heaven’s name were they thinking? This was preposterous. One year later I sat in a dark, crowded movie theatre swallowing my words. He was brilliant.

    Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, children of all ages, Ben Affleck has been cast as Bruce Wayne, and as I’ve said before, we’ll just have to wait and see.

    ***I just had to share this. A bit long, I know… but it’s a good read

  • Ro

    Affleck rocks !

    He will make a perfect Adam West. Sorry the rest of you youngsters don’t realize it.

    You will. Wait for the previews.

  • Bearyl

    Marco @11:20am, my very thoughts! Exactly! Also, Patrick Sean, I would’ve liked to see Hoechlin in the roll as well…

  • justin

    i really do not think it is about Ben Afleck’s acting prowess since I do not care how good of an actor one may be but if they do not have that image or characterization then it wont do well. henry cavill worked because he looks like Superman ben afleck will not work because he doesnt look like batman. there would be the same drama if they said they will cast daniel day lewis it just does not work.

  • EvChemical

    @Justin , really? he doesn’t look enough like batman for you? Pretty sur after hitting the gym (inevitable) under a mask he’ll look just fine:


  • prettyliesuglytruth

    Is this a joke? It must be.