Ever since it was announced at San Diego Comic-Con that Batman would be appearing in the sequel to Man of Steel, there has been speculation about who would play the newest version of the Dark Knight. And last Thursday evening, the world got its answer.
And the internet exploded.
My first instinct was to run and hide. It’s not been a secret that I’m not particularly excited about the Superman/Batman (Batman/Superman? Worlds Finest?) movie, for reasons that I won’t go into here. But the absolute hatred astonished me.
The amusing tweets and comments were fine, I expect no less from the internet.
— Chris Gore (@ThatChrisGore) August 23, 2013
You read for a part, you feel good about it, you feel confident, then they cast Ben Affleck.
— Richard Dreyfuss (@RichardDreyfuss) August 23, 2013
Holy shit… BEN AFFLECK IS THE NEW BATMAN!!! http://t.co/acivqxFl0U Do you know what this means? It means that I’ve seen Batman naked!!!
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) August 23, 2013
Wait Ben Affleck gets to be in 2 comic book movies? And he’s won two Academy Awards! And he’s dated two Jennifers! HE MUST BE TWO-FACE!
— JJ Hodges (@ComicJunkie87) August 23, 2013
It was the hatred that was hard to take.
Maybe Ben Affleck isn’t the best choice for Batman, but the loudest complaints are also among the most ridiculous. Sure, he has an accent, but Batman is a comic book character; we don’t actually know what he sounds like. He’s had some questionable movie choices, Gigli and Daredevil to name a couple, but there have also been some amazing ones (Argo, The Town, etc). And he may not look like what people envision as Batman, but as a fictional character, looks have some flexibility.
Think back on what the response to Heath Ledger as the Joker was. That turned out to be a brilliant interpretation. How about Anne Hathaway as Catwoman? Or Hugh Jackman as Wolverine? People can surprise you.
So don’t assume that Ben Affleck is going to suck as Batman. We haven’t seen him in the part yet. And no, he wasn’t my first choice, but you know what? I think he’ll be just fine.