“You white, then you Ben Affleck.”

By now I am sure that all you film loving, comic book reading, superhero movie geeks have discovered that when the sequel to the Zack Snyder-directed Man of Steel hits theaters in 2015 that the part of the Dark Knight, the Caped Crusader; you know, Batman; will be played by none other than Ben Affleck. In fact, I know that a lot of you know this from all the venomous comments made toward Affleck, Snyder and anyone else involved in this casting decision. In Biblical times if something truly horrendous happened a person would tear their clothes and throw dirt on themselves as an outward demonstration of their anguish. Well, thank God we have Yahoo!, Facebook and other forms of social media in which to vent or else there would be a lot of dirty naked people walking around right now. As for myself; I choose to keep an open mind and I will tell you why. Let’s list.

1. People say Affleck is a horrible actor.

I disagree with this. Sure, Affleck has made some crappy movies (Gigli, Daredevil) and he doesn’t have the range of a Daniel Day Lewis; but I’ve also seen the man act his ass off in Chasing Amy; and in reviews for his Academy Award-winning film Argo I never read any complaints from critics about his acting. Truth is known he’s really not that bad.

2. Don’t you know? He ruined Daredevil.

Are you sure about that? Are you sure it wasn’t a crappy screenplay and direction from Mark Steven Johnson that ruined Daredevil; not to mention Colin Farrell as Bullseye in one of the worst interpretations of a comic book villain that I’ve ever seen in my life. Johnson also directed Ghost Rider; that one really swept the Oscars that year. Someone truly needs to create a Sarcasm font.

Okay, so it’s not an incredibly long, detailed list. I’m sure I’m not going to convince anyone to change their mind and jump on the Affleck bandwagon. I’m not even trying to do that. All I am saying is that I intend to keep an open mind about it all. I’m going to wait until I see the movie before I pass judgment. I believe that Ben Affleck deserves that courtesy. Thank you.

One more thing: people said the same thing when Michael Keaton was cast as Batman by Tim Burton and he surprised the hell out of a lot of people. Let’s hope that Ben Affleck falls into the Keaton and Christian Bale category and not the Val Kilmer and George Clooney camp. Nipples? Really?



  1. I’m with you! I’m reserving all sides until I see a trailer in some form, a bit of storyline, etc. Affleck has been doing really well in directing and acting and I think he could surprise us all 🙂

  2. I am in total agreement with you on this and I even added another point (about how similar the reaction was to Heath l;edger’s casting in The Dark Knight) to my list in my similar post.
    People really need to chill out.

    • This one comment on Yahoo! said “NOT GOING TO SEE IT IN THEATERS NOT GOING TO RENT IT NOT GOING TO DOWNLOAD IT”. So, don’t; just hop on the web and yell at people like a dog chasing cars.

  3. Reblogged this on Official Site of Alex Laybourne – Author and commented:
    I actually like Ben Afleck and as John says here, it wasn’t him that ruined Daredevil. I think he could pull it off. My first thought was of Michael Keaton when I heard the news. Bale was more naturally suited to the Batman side of the character, but I think Afleck could pull off a much better Bruce Wayne (and I loved Bales movies).

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