So no doubt by now you've all heard the news that Zach Snyder has cast Ben Affleck to play Bruce Wayne, better known as Batman, in the sequel to his Superman reboot "Man of Steel." Since everyone else in the world has already mouthed off about it, I figured I'd throw my two cents in the ring as well.
So my initial thought, and my main overarching opinion, is this:
For the love of Cake, "Dark Knight Rises" is barely a year old and you're going to reboot Batman AGAIN?!? Leave it the hell alone for a decade! Give it some space before you throw it all out again in favor of something new! Christbananas, this is worse than Spider-Man! I was getting upset over five years, but ONE YEAR?! Okay, probably two or three by the time it's finished BUT STILL!!!!!!!
That being said...
If the timeframe wasn't so wonky, I would actually be pleasantly intrigued by this casting choice.
First of all, I admit that I sadly missed "Man of Steel" in its initial run, and I still haven't seen the film. Therefore, I can't comment on its quality (plus I'm not Supes' biggest fan, so it probably wouldn't have blown me away, but it looked all right at least). But anyway....
It's no secret that I love the film version of Daredevil and think it has an unfair rap. Well, Ben Affleck was an awesome Daredevil (the costume notwithstanding). That would normally be a point against him here, since I've always had problems when actors switch superheroes. Such as when The Human Torch suddenly became Captain America, or when Deadpool switched sides to become Green Lantern. But then again, in both those cases the actors took to their new roles with the same aplomb as before, and I was pleasantly surprised.
I honestly think Affleck can pull it off. He probably couldn't have ten years ago when he made Daredevil, since there's a maturity to Batman that belies his age and while Affleck was a perfect Matt Murdock, he wasn't quite there for Bruce Wayne. But nowadays? With the right script and direction, I can honestly see it.
Plus, I mean, this is going to be Batman vs. Superman. How long have we waited for this? It almost doesn't matter who dons the capes.
Except of course for the fact that REALLY?! ONLY ONE YEAR AFTER "RISES"?!?!?!?!