Fans Hate That Affleck Is New Batman
I awoke this morning thankful and upbeat that it was Friday.
Then I checked one of my usual comic book fan sites and learned of the horrible news: Ben Affleck had been cast as The Batman in the 2015 sequel to Man of Steel.
I love comic books and superheroes, especially The Batman, Superman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Captain America, and Wolverine. But my favorite is The Batman. I own tons of Bat-merchandise in addition to comics. “My” Batman will always be Michael Keaton, since his was the version of the character that got me hooked. But I also loved Christian Bale’s performance and the Chris Nolan films overall.
I rarely walk out of movies, and certainly never thought I’d walk out of a Batman movie. But I walked out of the abomination known as Batman and Robin. One of the worst things about that film was the miscasting of George Clooney as The Batman.
I never thought for a million years we’d ever get another HUGE miscasting of such a major character, but now we have Ben Affleck in the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. He’s a decent actor but a far better director in my opinion. There are dozens of actors who would be a better fit than Affleck, both known and unknown.
It turns out I’m not the only one that feels this way. Fox News reports that the phrase #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck was the top trending Twitter hash tag on Friday, with a multitude of users suggesting that anyone would be better as The Batman. One user even suggested “Chumlee from Pawn Stars #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck,”
Other better choices included Damon Wayons, singer Pink, “the guy who played the Beaver on ‘Leave it to Beaver,’” Peewee Herman and Russell Brand.