Holy Affleck: 10 Reasons Why Ben Will Be a Great BatmanJessica Tholmer

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=100003588964149 Jess Marie

    I personally don’t think that Ben will be a good Batman, but i also don’t care much about it. It’s a movie. He’s a muscley hot guy. Why not. But, seriously, let’s calm down about an article on Hello Giggles. It’s called Hello Giggles….calm down folks and stop being so mean to a woman just talking about a movie coming out and their choice of actors. People are mean, fellow Jess, love your articles.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003967381804 Mean Dolly

    I don’t know. . .
    He was a poor Daredevil, nothing to do with the comic. (I read both books and comics, they are not mutually exclusive). Clooney and Kilmer were both horrible as Batman, by the way.
    I don’t think the Whoopi Goldberg being casted as Storm analogy is “terrible” as an argument, I think it is spot on. She is a great actress, but she would not be a great Storm.
    Please don’t take my comment as an attempt to bully you, just my two cents.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=810098187 Erin Ricciardi

    Anybody has said Benny can’t act cleahly hasn’t seen the Town. I mean, come on, you guys…his performance in that was wicked pissah. Also, I’m from right next doah in New Hampsha, sooo, loyalty.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=504109958 Kristi-Ann Sharp

    Okay this is a travesty..,,ben affleck does have two oscars yes! BUT for WRITING AND DIRECTING not acting…and lets state the obvious here other than the fact that he’s a lackluster has been who CANNOT act. he’s too OLD to be batman especially opposite Henry Cavill.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001000447304 Christina Xotique

    People WORLWIDE have SPOKEN! 50,000 signed PETITIONS in 1 day! NO Ben BATMAN!
    Point 1: STOP COMPARING Aflac to other actors who can act–Keaton, Ledger(rip), etc.
    Point 2: Those actors didn’t have the HUGE FAME NEGATIVE BAGGAGE Aflac has (horrific Gigli, Daredevil, Bad taste in women JLo ghetto, gambling and arrogant persona, etc. etc.)!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=171300187 Jess Neff

    Who knew that one person’s opinion could spark such controversy?!?!! Great article by the way, fun and of good humor. Don’t ever lose those little-girl-like crushes! They remind us where we come from and can often keep us grounded when we least expect it. Also, congratulations to Ben Affleck for scoring such an iconic role. I’m interested in seeing how it will turn out. (Personally, I’m on your side and think he’ll do just fine.)

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=636789225 Alycia Lourim

    How about we just tell Congratulations to Ben Affleck! He is someone who truly cares about his career and has worked hard for it. So congrats Ben! I can’t wait to see you as Batman!

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

      if Affleck TRULY cared about his career, he’d have quite a decade ago

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=51200218 Jose Urmeneta

    you guys are being fucking dorks. Quit hating.. Affleck may be terrible some times, but hey, its Hollywood, thats how it works. Dont be jelly because hes about is about to shit out more money than most of you haters will ever make in your life.
    Again, go out and get laid, quit being fucking nerds.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100005313270917 Topper Brooks Platt

    Okay, look people. It would seem what the majority of people commenting are missing here is that THIS IS NOT A SERIOUS SUBJECT. Hence, this article isn’t serious. This is a movie. Batman isn’t real. Nobody is going to be forced to see this movie and if you hate the movie you won’t starve, you won’t die, your village won’t be burned. There are plenty of ACTUAL injustices in the world to get upset over and spend time on and this isn’t one of them.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=633529101 Katarina Patterson

    This is hilarious, but as an avid Friends fan I must correct you on #2. Ross is the one who is wearing Val Kilmer’s tux. Chandler was going to wear Pierce Brosnan’s, but was way too big up top and way too small on the bottom. Chandler was just the one that discovered Ross’s tux was not worn in Batman because he found the program for the At First Sight premiere in the jacket pocket when he tried it on.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1242448838 Daniel Alejandro Hernandez

    OK, We read you, it’s our turn:
    1. Kilmer and Clooney were not good Batmans, don’t you think that’s the reason fans don’t want another bad interpretation of Batman? Just asking.
    2. I imagine you don’t like Daredevil or you don’t know the comic at all (maybe you just think you know the comic because of the movie or Elektra’s movie) so please if I’m correct just don’t talk about it.
    3. Whoopi Woldberg is an excellent actress but you don’t see her as Storm, right? (Oh and she also has an Oscar!)
    4. Even if Bale sounded as a bear, the bar for Batman is too high with him, fans don’t want less than than that.
    5. Don’t imagine Matt Damon as Robin, I think they want him playing Marcian Manhunter or Aquaman. If they are together in the movie that would be like Dumb and Dumber Justice League edition (lots of stupid jokes, unnecessary grins, mate hugs, etc).
    6. Zack Snyder is all about visual effects, he won’t disappoint us on that. About directing Affleck. . . Affleck is chick flick or indie material.
    7. Batman crying? Only IF necessary. Fans don’t want to see a Surviving Christmas, Good Will Hunting or Paycheck version of Batman-Justice League.
    8. I have nothing to say about the accent.

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

      Her name is Whoopi Goldberg, and that is a TERRIBLE argument.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=558691782 Marc Castro

    Well, this was a useless article as some of your key points are invalid. Specifically, possible comparisons to Val Kilmer’s and George Clooney’s portrayals is stupid because not one person thinks they were “good Batmen”. So even if he were as good or even better, that’s not saying much.

    As well, his Oscars weren’t for his acting performances. So, yeah, another zero for you.

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

    Alrighty, here we go, the most hated woman in the world apparently coming back at your responses.

    First of all, I proudly write for HelloGiggles. Helllllloooo giggles. Giggle is a synonym for “laugh,” which means that oftentimes (not always) I am writing lighthearted and humorously. Ben Affleck being cast as Batman is about the least important thing that has happened in my life. Insulting my intelligence and emotional capacity because I like Boston accents is pretty ridiculous. No, I am not 12 years old, and just because I have a crush on an actor does not mean that I am. I am not just a fluff writer, but this is not a serious issue. I will be happy to refer you to reflections on my heart being broken, my stepdad being killed, or any number of ACTUALLY relevant issues in American society that I have written about. I promise there are no “ums” or hearts in those pieces. Don’t attack a person’s character based on ONE article. Making assumptions about a human being based on the fact that she clearly doesn’t care about ANOTHER superhero movie is strange and unsettling, and frankly, makes the bunch of you look a little loony.

    To those who attempted to insult my Academy knowledge, you have no idea who you are talking to. I’d put money on my knowledge being more thorough than all of yours. I have a bookshelf dedicated to the history of the show, and I am well aware of what Affleck won for without looking it up on IMDB.

    And yes, Sass McCoy, I do go to mainstream movies, but so do you or you would not be talking about a superhero film. I also don’t find that insulting because I am a fan of film, all of them, not just the ones that have high ratings on Rotten Tomatoes, or the ones with actors I can name. I am not a conformist, CLEARLY or I would be commenting angrily on someone else’s post about Ben Affleck, not writing one.

    Which reminds me…most of you have attempted to insult me by pointing out that I don’t read comic books. You are right, but that does not hurt my feelings in the slightest. What I have learned, however, is that you cannot compare books and moves to one another. They are two different forms of entertainment. Movies should not exactly represent the character from literature. This has been true for quite some time. Yes, I read books. No, I don’t read comic books. To each their own..

    Thank you for the conversation, though. Varying opinions are important, and I love commentary on anything I write HOWEVER, because the lot of you apparently don’t have mamas that raised you right, I have a recommendation. The next time you would like your opinion to seem even REMOTELY valid, do not call the author names, do not throw insults, stick to your actual point, and don’t swear. The Internet is a big, mean place, but that doesn’t mean you have to resort to bullying over a casting decision that you guys HAVE TO accept. This isn’t an election (have you guys heard of elections before? do they have those in comic books?) and you don’t have a right to choose.

    Lighten up, y’all. Learn to take a joke.

    • Gina Vaynshteyn

      You go girl! <3

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=48607511 Tommy Blackburn

      So you get offended when people question your credibility, then make replies like “There are better things to read than comic books” even though you’ve written an article based on a comic book, implying that you know what you’re talking about when you don’t, thus disproving your own credibility? A writer’s opinion matters when their interests and knowledge on a subject relates to the readers. If your bio read “Fiction sucks” and wrote articles on fiction that you hated but were actually good, people would think you suck. When people true to the comics comment on the accuracy between them and movies and you then dis comic books and imply you think they’re stupid, they’re going to respond. So wah wah, you get what you give, which is crap.

      Ps: I think it seems Affleck will be terrible but wont be that bad in reality.

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

        Show me where I said “there are better things to read than comic books,” and then this conversation can continue.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=602171471 David Clarkson

    I remember the reaction to Daniel Craig’s casting as Bond. James Bland was the headline and EVERYONE vowed to boycott a film with such bad casting. Look how that turned out. The truth is that this is a genius piece of casting. Christian Bale is a near impossible act to follow, but people are going to go in with such low expectations of Affleck in the role that he cannot fail to impress. We also have to remember that this is going to be a Superman film. It is Henry Cavill’s responsibility to carry the movie, taking even more pressure away from Affleck. So long as the script is up to standard, Affleck will nail it, no problem. Good post, by the way, Jessica.

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

      Thank you!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1108763885 Ez Eggs

    I looove batman! I DONT LOVE AFFLECK. I really hope this is just some major trolling :/

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=507948586 Kalon Wiggins

    excellent points. Ben gets a bad rap for no reason. he’s done a ton of awesome movies and a couple bad ones. but who hasn’t really…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=536283341 Stasha Brooke Castleton

    1. Daredevil isn’t Batman. If he could slaughter Daredevil, imagine what he can do to Batman
    2.Val Kilmer may have been in Love At First Sight, but he was also in Tombstone, The Saint and Top Gun to name a few. Ben Affleck was in what again?
    3. Can’t argue until I see Ben in the suit and honestly you can’t either.
    4. Christian Bale has 1 Academy Award, 1 Golden Globe, 1 People’s Choice Awards, and has a total of 30 awards and numerous nominations.
    5. Bruce Wayne disguises his voice in the comic books…
    6. One can only hope he does
    7. Batman is from a city based on New York NOT Boston so I care
    8. No we can’t… my brain can’t handle that much stupidity in one movie
    9. Ben Affleck is playing Batman. You know what else he’s in? A bunch of movies remembered for being terrible.
    10. Yes Ben can cry, but Batman isn’t in constantly sobing so let’s hope we don’t have to build Ben a bridge to get to the ending credits…

    Might I also mention you forgot to compare Ben to Lewis G Wilson, Robert Lowery, Adam West and Michael Keaton who have also played Batman…

    Batman, I’m here for you babe!!!!!

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

      i don’t know you, but i love you. Affleck can do anything that Christian Bale can do line actually made me laugh out loud. someone needs to watch more movies.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1335968849 Tonya Brown

      Argo was the first movie I saw in years that left me speechlist at the end (in a good way!) The movie was incredible and that is why we should give Ben Affleck a chance. People treat him like he’s Sandra Bullock’s Ex Husband. He’s done nothing wrong.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1098076412 Ryan Gurnett

      In your second point, did you really ask what Affleck’s been in? He’s been in Argo, The Town, Good Will Hunting, etc… Affleck’s resume is much better than Kilmer’s.

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


      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1841108884 Craig Forshaw

        None of them are as good as ‘Real Genius’, ‘Top Secret’ or ‘Tombstone’.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003060825569 Frank Aye

    Anyone who says Bale was a good Batman just because he growled his words; needs to sit down, just read more comic books and leave the movie commentaries alone. Step back. In all of the Batman films and/or cartoons in this known universe, not one actor has changed his voice to portray Batman (except butthurt Bale), so that argument is invalid…. Bale sucked ass as Batman. period. So get off his nuts already. Batfleck is in the mutha#@%^ing house. Deal.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000009740219 Timothy Terrell Hucks

      You clearly don’t know what you’re talking about if you think that Bale was the first to change his voice. The first actor to implement that was Kevin Conroy, who’s been playing Batman since the early 90s. Bale didn’t make it up.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1498770476 Peter Russell Elfvin

    OK, at the end of the Dark Knight Rises Batman has either
    1: Died in a nuclear explosion
    2: Gone into hiding by faking his death.
    In addition, a firefighter named Robin has found the batcave

    Even if the new Batman makes his presence known, Bruce Wayne is either in hiding or dead.

    The Wayne fortune is not available
    Morgan Freeman doesn’t know the new guy from Adam.

    So if Ben Affleck wants to be a homeless Batman who can’t afford to gas up the Batmobile… go for it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002816119204 Michael Schmichael

      Peter, the Batman from the ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy is done; his story will have no bearing or link to the new Batman, in the same way that Tim Burton’s Batman had no link to the Batman we saw in Nolan’s films. They exist in different universes, so everything that happened in the DK trilogy never happened (unless the decide to get confusing with it :p ) to the Batman Snyder is creating, it’s a blank canvas, pretty much. This Bruce Wayne is older, not by as much as in the Dark Knight Returns comic but older, and depending on how closely they follow that story he may already be retired. Don’t go into it looking for it to have any continuity with the Nolan universe, though, I think Snyder and Goyer will try to take the character in a totally different direction, now, to differentiate from the Nolan movies.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000624463599 Alfredo Villegas

    While I’m neither upset nor happy about Affleck’s casting, this gotta be the worst defense ever. “The screenplay and directing were as shabby as Affleck’s portrayal of a superhero that is pretty boring to begin with.” So, because other factor were as bad as Affleck’s acting, that means he was not as bad? And really, you should get your head out of wherever you got it stuck and go read some Daredevil books (protip: being with F. Miller’s titles). You just sound dumb giving opinions on a subject you obviously haven’t cared to know.

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

      There are other books to be read that interest me more than the comic variety, sorry.

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