Holy Affleck: 10 Reasons Why Ben Will Be a Great Batman

In case you live under a twitterless rock, you might not have heard the news that Ben Affleck will play Batman in the newest film installment of the superhero franchise.

I love when news like this breaks–something that isn’t crazy serious, but something that the nation (and maybe even world?) deems necessary to talk about for hours on end. For the most part, and maybe it is my timeline’s biased overreaction, I have gathered that we aren’t all that stoked about Affleck saving Gotham City, but I (of course) am in the minority here. So, let’s talk.

10 Reasons Why Ben Affleck Will Be a Great Batman

1. I get that everyone is really upset about Affleck because of “what he did” to Daredevil, but let’s be real: Daredevil is not Batman. Affleck’s acting may not have been phenomenal in the film, but to be perfectly honest, the movie itself was nothing to write home about. The screenplay and directing were as shabby as Affleck’s portrayal of a superhero that is pretty boring to begin with. We already LOVE Batman, we did not necessarily already LOVE Daredevil. So let’s start there. 

2. Val Kilmer? I am sure Affleck could portray Batman at least as well as Kilmer did. Yeah, Affleck has been in some crappy romance movies (Gigli, hi), but so was Kilmer. At First Sight? Come on, guys. The most memorable part of Kilmer’s Batman comes from that Friends episode where Chandler thinks he’s going to wear Batman’s tux, but he is actually wearing Virgil Adamson’s.

3. And George Clooney? I’m a woman, so for the love of god do not mistake my distaste for Clooney’s Batman as distaste for the gorgeous man himself, but he was not Batmaterial. Even in the full Batman get-up, Clooney looks like Clooney. george

Again, I’m not complaining, I’m just stating facts. 

4. Ben Affleck has an Oscar. Sorry. Two Oscars.

5. Affleck can do anything Christian Bale can do, and maybe we’ll get lucky and they won’t insist on making him sound like a grizzly bear.

6. I know everyone seems really stressed out that Affleck won’t hold his Boston accent back, but first of all, he is an actor. He can control his accent, you know there are people who get paid to train actors on accents and I am sure there will be a budget big enough to teach Affleck how to pronounce his “r”s.

7. …and even if he did have a Boston accent, shut up, I would be in <3 <3 <3 <3 with Batman like ten times more than I ever have been. It doesn’t take a lot moah than a wicked hot accent to win me ovahh.

8. It’s been joked about a thousand times, but can we talk about what if Matt Damon was Robin? mattUm, cutest.

9. Zack Snyder is directing this installment. Know what else Snyder directed? 300WatchmenDawn of the Dead. I think he can handle turning Affleck into a superhero.

10. And (most) jokes aside, I just really feel like Affleck can nail Batman’s vulnerability. We all know he cries well!

Oh, god, here we go. There’s no crying in superhero movies! Get off it.

Ben, I’m here for you, babe.

Featured image via twitchfilm, George Clooney image via digitalspy, Matt and Ben image via sheknows.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1042782002 Brian Fitzpatrick
  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=25913481 Miranda Eubanks

    I’m just sad because on a personal level I don’t care for Ben Affleck. I get disappointed when he’s in any movie that I wanted to see >.>

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1070994993 Tom Whiting

    And the #1 reason Affleck will be a horrible Batman? He’s a mediocre actor.
    You don’t cast mediocre actors with multiple bombs in their career as a superhero. Not gonna happen

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1297024496 Jessica de Ryk

      I couldn’t agree more. As a huge Batman fan since I was child, I was pretty disappointed to hear about this casting. Also, why fix something that wasn’t broken? The Dark Knight trilogy was flawless. It’ll be hard to make a Batman flick that’ll stand up to it. Especially with Affleck. In my eyes, he’s not “manly” enough if that makes sense. To me, Bruce Wayne as a character is a perfect combination of gritty and pretty. And Ben Affleck…with his babies ass of a face (think end of Reindeer games..very last shot…)…just…no… It doesn’t work in any way…… Now….he’s not a horrible actor but that doesn’t change my stance.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1597876655 Noelle Christina Gharzai

        that may be part of my problem accepting it. He definitely is not “manly” enough.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003342653943 Owley Samter

      …said the guy with the Ben Kingsley avatar. May I call you Trevor? 😛

      No just kidding. I totally agree with you.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1070994993 Tom Whiting

        Kingsley’s no superhero either. I just kind of love the image they’ve got of him in Ender’s and decided to adopt it 😉

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=725667418 Chad Burroughs

    Clooney and Kilmer are very low standards to compare with. We don’t want another Clooney or Kilmer Batman, we want another Christian Bale Batman, and Affleck cannot deliver that kind of performance. Affleck is not a super hero actor any more than Ryan Reynolds is. I would be glad that Affleck is the new Batman if the only other option was Ryan Reynolds. Otherwise, no…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=833265182 Matthew Scooby Squibbs

    These are probably the most tenuous reasons there could possibly be. I’m sure Woody Allen has an Oscar too. Maybe they could consider him?
    Why, seriously did they cast Affleck? It’s so lazy. There are so many other actors out there that would be far, far more suitable. Preferably the lesser known, the better. Well, that’s one less film I’ll need to see in future anyway.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001016783081 Jess Tholmer

      I would LOVE a Woody Allen Batman!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001254370584 Nadhem Souli

    Hello ; First of all you did NOT mention Christian Bale , which was The Best Batman Actor EVER ! Second of all , Ben Affleck will Never ever hit Bale’s level even if he wins 13 Oscars ; And last ; you’re being too much emotional about Affleck and Mark my words , the next sequel will fail A LOT without Christian Bale .

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1018243397 Bilal Türkmen

    I think he’ll destroy Batman character. He’s no superhero material. And about the #5 I think you put in wrong way. Bale can do anything Affleck can do and whole a lot more.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=19501814 Andrew Chen

      This article is complete crap. Sure I could list twice as many reasons why these “10 reasons why Ben will be a great Batman.” But I think it’s just easier to point out that the writer has absolutely no concept of what Batman-material truly is. All that was really said was how basically “Ben can’t be as bad as…” That’s no way to approach an article like this. There should be more ACTUAL affirmation to him as an actor. Not making excuses for him.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000186622234 Mohmed Shoaib

      ben affleck can surprise us ,you people are underestimate him .
      affleck is a great actor and we all know he has a bad side of him from his movie “the town” he was awesome .

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1249768752 Ian Cook

    Be NICE!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003202374593 Shawn Hargrave

    I dont understand how ben afleck is famous? hes god aweful this is the worst casting ever lol. Christian bale is the definitive batman why didnt they get him? This is going to be a pos movie lmao oh man i cant believe this still whats next matt damon as robin?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1249768752 Ian Cook

    When did a personal blog have to share anything but opinion Andrew Chen?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003342653943 Owley Samter

    Let me just quickly respond to your reasons.

    1. So that basically means, any actor would be good as Batman, since we only need to love the character? So why not cast Zac Efron. Or Kirk Douglas. :-)
    2. No one said, Val Kilmer was a good Batman.
    3. Nor was George Clooney.
    4. And neither one for acting.
    5. Is that even a reason? In case it actually is, I go with what Bilal said.
    6. & 7. Since I’m not a native english speaker let’s just skip this one – I don’t really care about his accent. What I do care about is his lack of emotion. Or acting skills.
    8. Matt Damon? Seriously, do you HATE Batman?! :-)
    9. He can also handle turning a decent actor into Batman.
    10. I think the last Batman movie where crying was required was in black and white. 😛 And yeah, I know this isn’t a “Batman movie”.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1212273534 Felipe Soto Miranda

    I’m still waiting for your “reasons”. Seriously, you did not mention one strong reason to consider Ben Affleck to be Batman.
    The only thing that you did was: “OMG he is so cute, I love him and that’s why he is the best actor in the world <3<3<3<3"…. are you 12?
    Christian Bale is 100 times better actor than Affleck will ever be!, and don't get me wrong, I am very big supporter of the Dark Knight trilogy, but I'm think that they shouldn't use Bale again in other Batman movie, because THAT Batman don't belong to the League of Justices's universe.
    I would rather Leonardo DiCaprio peforming Batman. than Affleck.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1240443577 Astronaut Puglife Olsen

      I agree with you, just because an actor is good in his/her genre does not mean they can cross over into an entirely different realm. So it’s openly admitted that Affleck is not superhero material, but hey the director will just make him into one. That’s what directors do right? Cast actors not suited for a role and make them perfect for the role? Right?

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1212273534 Felipe Soto Miranda

        It was so funny when she mentioned that Ben Affleck has won two Oscars, but none of them were for acting LOL.
        I think that Bale put that ridiculous amount of money just because he never wanted to do Batman again in a different realm as you said. Maybe he always knew that his character is not what they want to Superman – Batman movie.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1021630760 Emily Clift Innes

      It’s “Justice League”…..

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001016783081 Jess Tholmer

      I am 26 years old and 7 days, thank you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1040426534 Jose Antonio Alvarez

    On #4: His two Oscars were for Best Picture, and Best Screenplay, not for his acting. Carry on.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=813064928 Hugo Velasquez

    What a bunch of BS! The Batman and Superman franchises are dead to me!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1240443577 Astronaut Puglife Olsen

    Could he be Bruce Wayne? Maybe, charming, good looking, smooth talker. Definitely not Batman, it takes a special kind of actor to both convey the rich, playboy Bruce and the solemn, vigilant and capable Bat. The cutsey way this is written with the “Um’s” and “< 3's" makes it seem like this is an "Oh my god gush over Ben Affleck" post. If he does the franchise well and has an amazing performance, I'll eat my words. Till then, no to Affleck.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001016783081 Jess Tholmer

      This IS an “oh my god gush over Affleck” post!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000750952302 Ajay Panwar


    this is what all I can say after reading this piece of crap..

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001313640562 Shannon LovesTanja Skanes

    I am an Affleck fan, but only in certain roles. His range is limited, really limited. I enjoyed him in Dogma, Good Will Hunting and he was “the bomb in Phantoms yo!” He can pass for Bruce Wayne the character, but Batman is a big stretch.

    Batman is a really tough character to nail down and the best straight faced Batman was Michael Keaton while Adam West was the best at hamming it up. Kilmer was terrible and Clooney was even worse.

    I know I am in the minority, but I found Bale’s Batman effective except the growl whenever he was Batman. I am sorry, but it made me laugh out loud in all three movies. It just seemed goofy and took me out of the movie.

    This announcement has really lowered any hopes I had for a decent Batman/Superman clash on film, though this was going to be a tough battle to pull off anyway. If they had made this movie 30 years ago with Michael Keaton and Christopher Reeve in the title roles, it could have been amazing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005633349658 Mary Lu Vasallo

    10 reasons why we shouldn’t give Ben Affleck a chance:

    1. Daredevil
    2. He’s not directing the movie, only starring in it.
    3. Pearl Harbor
    4. The Sum of All Fears.
    5. Paycheck
    6. He’s not Heath Ledger.
    7. Forces of Nature.
    8. Matt Damon’s not Robin.
    9. He’s Just Not That Into You.
    10. He’s won Academy Awards for writing and producing, not for acting.

    And yeah, DAREDEVIL.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=766730253 Richard Hardwick

    Tbh they said they wanted a more mature Batman over Superman and for him to be the grizzled almost bitter batman of the later years. personally with that they could have brought Keaton back in, yeas he’s 61 now but with a training routine and a bit of hair dye he could pull it off still and would make a great dynamic of the older wiser hero compared to Superman’s younger one. call me crazy but i honestly think it’d be perfect

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=45900206 Lisa Ele

    Ben Affleck has two Oscars and neither are for acting. One was best writing for Good Will Hunting and one was for Best picture for Argo. He’s a good actor, but after watching Christian Bale create this incredible character for the last 8 years of Bruce Wayne/Batman (which I actually really liked how he changed his voice for Batman) it’s too soon for Affleck, or anyone to portray. Also, if Matt Damon was Robin that would be the worst movie ever made.

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