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Aug. 23, 2013by: Ryan Doom

When a new BATMAN is chosen, it could be the biggest casting decision outside of JAMES BOND. It's an event. A moment that the comic geeks (like me) live for. Well...that’s what it should be. While we all knew we’d get a new BATMAN, I think Warner Brothers and DC missed a bit of an opportunity. When a new 007 is birthed into the world, the Bond Broccoli family announces that they’ll have an announcement for the grand announcement of the next Jimmy Bond, and then immediately push him out there, all wet and shiny in full tux mode, strutting him around for the world to fawn over. Warner decided to release…a press statement.

But so it is. The Gods gave us…Affleck. Ben…Affleck as the one and only Bruce Wayne, which left the world collectively saying…hmm, really? There were so many names out there. Personally, I wanted Josh Brolin. But at least we didn’t get Matthew Goode as Ozymandias. No thanks.

Now allow me to riddle you this. Consider this here article as a chance to represent the true BATMAN fans. Which I’d say I am. I started collecting…a long time ago. I have twenty years of bat books bagged and boarded waiting for, well, me, to read them again some day. I have boxes of Bat crap…from cool ass statues down to the black McDonald’s cardboard fry holders from BATMAN RETURNS. I can't draw anything, but when I do doodle, I doodle good old bats. Why am I admitting any of this? Well, after I learned the news last night I felt inspired. Kinda like how Bruce Wayne wanted to avenge the death of his parents by dedicating his entire life to fighting crime, I wanted to…write.

Ok, not the same but I wanted to express the voice of the authentic BATMAN fan. So I’ll suit up, take on the hoards of evil internet users, and share just one fan’s opinion.

Last night, when news broke that Affleck officially was gonna sport the cowl, it sounded...lame. Actually, I think I entered into the early stages of grief. Shock, guilt, anger, depression. Honestly, as much as I've really dug Affleck's resurgence as an actor/director (where he has emerged as Warner Bros’ new Eastwood as THE actor and director on the lot), I can't shake certain roles out of my head. REINDEER GAMES? DAREDEVIL? SURVIVING CHRISTMAS? (no reason to mention that Benifer movie.) Those roles remain stained in my brain. They stand out. It seemed any time Affleck attempted to stretch as an actor, he got worse. It’s not until he went away for a bit did we all take a second look.

However, the more I think about, what BATMAN actor didn't sound like a shit choice at first? Keaton? Please. I'm sadly old enough to remember that hire. Even as a kid, I remember thinking, "Mr. freakin’ Mom?” or “That goof from Johnny Dangerously?” Sure, BEETLEJUICE too, but still. He was a funny man, and Gotham didn’t need another Adam West. The same with Kilmer. Dude really showed his skills with TOMBSTONE and THE DOORS, but he never had the look. Jawline too damn big. The blonde hair felt wrong (never transitioning like Daniel Craig's did). He never looked nor felt the role. When Clooney suited up, I recall saying to no one that we had finally found perfection. He had the right look, the right jawline, and he was and is THE billionaire (or close to) playboy. And...well, we know all about that movie, don't we. With Bale, I think everyone understood where we were headed. Dark and moody. Unleashing Patrick Bateman on Gotham but making sure he was properly medicated and given a moral compass.

My point? I – and all Bat fans – can't rush to judgment. We have no idea where this will go, but I think it can work damn well, and what actually gives me hope is something already mentioned. Affleck has become the new Eastwood on the Warner lot in more than one way. Ok, the whole actor/director thing is obvious, but it’s his acting in THE TOWN and ARGO where he has become Eastwood. He ditched all personality and goofiness, basically embodying the role of an old school tough guy with limited emotion and range. You know...like Eastwood. Gotham needs a certain type of actor who will be different yet similar to Bale, an Eastwood-type. That’s the comic book BATMAN for the last 25 years or so: driven, secluded, moody, determined, caring, obsessive, mean, and a bit dry. That's who the successful Batmen have been. To me that’s Eastwood, and Affleck has gone all VISE VERSA on him. Or LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON. Or FREAKY FRIDAY (you get the point).

Now a little time has ticked off the clock since I originally sulked like the very large grown man I am. I fear for DAREDEVIL 2: Back in Business, but you know what, I trust in Affleck more than I do Zack Snyder, and maybe he can make Snyder into a better director. Maybe Affleck, in his new life as a grounded actor and director, might just add enough to the film to make it something really damn special. He’s older, been beaten down and humbled, and still come back for more. Like a fighter. Like a Batman. Also, like some Batmen before him, he's got the jawline, he’s been a millionaire playboy, and he has a kind of charisma not seen since...Keaton.

I hope that Affleck will avoid Bale's Tom Waits impression, but I can’t knock Bale. He was fantastic and defined the character for an entire decade. But we all knew he was finished, and it's time BATMAN fans embrace the changing of the guard more like the Bond way. The good ones don't overstay their welcome. Thankfully, we haven't had a Roger Moore situation where Batman can't run too well and collects Social Security, but Bale wouldn’t allow that to happen.

I think its safe to say that BATMAN movies will never stop, so if Warner does it right, we’ll be able to embrace these incarnations with better ease. Unlike say Iron Man, we can and already have had many Batmen...for better or worse. Hell, Affleck is the eighth head in the cowl (actors one and two were in 1940s). But if we go by the BOND rule (only EON productions count as cannon), Affleck would match the BOND total as the sixth Warner man to embrace the mantel of the Bat. If this works, I think we could have Affleck around for a while. He'll make coin. He'll have a studio to back any movie he wants to make. And if it all works out, we could have the next BATMAN to define another generation. Or we’ll have another nipple-Gate.

I’ve actually already come full circle, completed the seven stages of grief, and accepted the new guardian of Gotham. Affleck will knock the hell out of this role. He has to. All that good will he’s built will vanish like the Joker’s pencil trick. Ta-da! He knows that. He has to. Now he just has to make SUPERMAN his bitch.

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10:01AM on 08/26/2013
Heath Ledger has to be the worst choice to play the Joker WRONG!!!! Is Ben Affleck the worst choice to play Batman ever? NO!!!! Heath humbled all the haters, Ben will do the same. Ben will nail this!
Heath Ledger has to be the worst choice to play the Joker WRONG!!!! Is Ben Affleck the worst choice to play Batman ever? NO!!!! Heath humbled all the haters, Ben will do the same. Ben will nail this!
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10:13PM on 08/25/2013

Affleck

He'll need the duck from Aflac to clean up this mess. This has the look of another Sucker Punch....
He'll need the duck from Aflac to clean up this mess. This has the look of another Sucker Punch....
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12:34PM on 08/25/2013

One more thing...

I loved the Chris Nolan Batman films, and I liked Bale as Batman. However, it really did bother me that Bale's Batman was just the muscle. Fox and Alfred did his detective work. Batman is supposed to be a highly intelligent investigator and he seemed more like a CEO delegating those takes in the Nolan films.
I loved the Chris Nolan Batman films, and I liked Bale as Batman. However, it really did bother me that Bale's Batman was just the muscle. Fox and Alfred did his detective work. Batman is supposed to be a highly intelligent investigator and he seemed more like a CEO delegating those takes in the Nolan films.
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5:20AM on 08/26/2013
Thats one of the reasons I preferred Batman Begins, he was doing a lot more of his own detective work after that it became about his gadgets getting him out of trouble.
Thats one of the reasons I preferred Batman Begins, he was doing a lot more of his own detective work after that it became about his gadgets getting him out of trouble.
12:31PM on 08/25/2013
Honestly, no one has any way to really predict how this is going to go, and I'd be a year's salary that 95% of those complaining about Affleck will still go see this film.
Honestly, no one has any way to really predict how this is going to go, and I'd be a year's salary that 95% of those complaining about Affleck will still go see this film.
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5:06AM on 08/25/2013

Ok for Josh Brolin but not Affleck?

Josh Brolin aka Jonah Hex was what some people wanted.
But Affleck?, nope, because he did Daredevil.
Josh Brolin aka Jonah Hex was what some people wanted.
But Affleck?, nope, because he did Daredevil.
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12:28AM on 08/25/2013

"It's kind of hard to picture Affleck as Batman"

That may be a good thing. You don't want a Bruce Wayne that people can picture as Bat5man.
That may be a good thing. You don't want a Bruce Wayne that people can picture as Bat5man.
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4:00PM on 08/24/2013
I think Ben Affleck might have potential as Batman, it would've been nice to see him direct it instead but you can't have it all. I still don't think he was bad in Daredevil(hey we all know it wasn't as much of a piece of crap as ''shudders'' Elektra). Ben Affleck is a really, really talented man and am interested in seeing his take on Bruce Wayne/Batman.
I think Ben Affleck might have potential as Batman, it would've been nice to see him direct it instead but you can't have it all. I still don't think he was bad in Daredevil(hey we all know it wasn't as much of a piece of crap as ''shudders'' Elektra). Ben Affleck is a really, really talented man and am interested in seeing his take on Bruce Wayne/Batman.
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9:18AM on 08/24/2013

Comic Book Movie fans

The thing is, I've noticed that a lot of comic book fans (this community in particular) seems to think that it's easy to make movies. It's even easier to make comic book movies, just make it exactly like the comics, right??
Yeah, no. It takes MASSIVE amounts of effort to create a movie, and at some point they have to make decisions that are bound to piss someone off. Problem is, everyone seems to think they're the world's best critic and that their version is the best and only version.
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The thing is, I've noticed that a lot of comic book fans (this community in particular) seems to think that it's easy to make movies. It's even easier to make comic book movies, just make it exactly like the comics, right??
Yeah, no. It takes MASSIVE amounts of effort to create a movie, and at some point they have to make decisions that are bound to piss someone off. Problem is, everyone seems to think they're the world's best critic and that their version is the best and only version.
Get off your high horses. If you like the comic book version of Batman, stick with that. Nolan's Batman didn't ruin the comics, Shane Black's Mandarin didn't erase the comics version, and Ben Affleck's Batman isn't going to suddenly negate anything that came before it.
It's okay to debate movies and casting decisions to your heart's content, just try not to be a douche about it.
The stupid petition thing really was unnecessary. Far too many idiots in the world
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4:23AM on 08/24/2013

The Hand to Hand

Great points and I am hopefully optimistic that Affleck can pull it off, but kind of a point that wasn't touched on was Affleck being able to dish out punishment, physically that is. While the TDK trilogy was groundbreaking, one thing that bothered me was the actual fighting. Wayne in the comics is the greatest martial artist in the world. I am really hoping that close quarters shaky cam gets ditched for some proper fisticuffs.
Great points and I am hopefully optimistic that Affleck can pull it off, but kind of a point that wasn't touched on was Affleck being able to dish out punishment, physically that is. While the TDK trilogy was groundbreaking, one thing that bothered me was the actual fighting. Wayne in the comics is the greatest martial artist in the world. I am really hoping that close quarters shaky cam gets ditched for some proper fisticuffs.
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3:20PM on 08/24/2013
Technically 2nd greatest. Lady Shiva takes 1st, but yes I agree about the fight scenes. (and yes, I'm a geek. for pointed that out)
Technically 2nd greatest. Lady Shiva takes 1st, but yes I agree about the fight scenes. (and yes, I'm a geek. for pointed that out)
1:27AM on 08/24/2013

Whats the Worst that could Happen?

I have followed Ben Affleck since Chasing Amy, Armageddon, and Pearl Harbor. He has come along way, I watch that part of him in The Town doing pull ups in his apartment and I just change the surroundings to the Bat-Cave. He has the face and the chin from the Arkham Asylum games, but I don't know if he has the voice. If some guy dressed like Batman caught me breaking into a car and he had Ben Affleck's voice I would just laugh my a$$ off. Plus he needs to get on the bench press and build that
I have followed Ben Affleck since Chasing Amy, Armageddon, and Pearl Harbor. He has come along way, I watch that part of him in The Town doing pull ups in his apartment and I just change the surroundings to the Bat-Cave. He has the face and the chin from the Arkham Asylum games, but I don't know if he has the voice. If some guy dressed like Batman caught me breaking into a car and he had Ben Affleck's voice I would just laugh my a$$ off. Plus he needs to get on the bench press and build that chest up, I hope he can do it but its going to stretch his acting chops. In addition, Daredevil came around in a weird time of comicbooks on screen (Catwomen, Fantastic 4, Electra, Smallvile) it was a genre that was finding its grounding.
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12:27AM on 08/24/2013

Well said, sir.

It's kind of hard to picture Affleck as Batman, but we feel the same way. Let it runs it's course and see what happens. I see see it working really well, and really awful.

I wonder though, since it's seems WB is 'BONDING' Batman, is anything of Nolan's Batman staying, or was Man of Steel the real start of the DC Movie Mill?
It's kind of hard to picture Affleck as Batman, but we feel the same way. Let it runs it's course and see what happens. I see see it working really well, and really awful.

I wonder though, since it's seems WB is 'BONDING' Batman, is anything of Nolan's Batman staying, or was Man of Steel the real start of the DC Movie Mill?
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12:13AM on 08/24/2013

Finally...

someone who felt he same way I did. I know he will knock this out of the ball park, like you said he has to or everything he has with WB will be gone. He wouldn't hop a long this project if he didn't like the story and the direction this film is going in.
someone who felt he same way I did. I know he will knock this out of the ball park, like you said he has to or everything he has with WB will be gone. He wouldn't hop a long this project if he didn't like the story and the direction this film is going in.
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11:59PM on 08/23/2013
Hey, at least we didnt get Ryan Gosling, amiright?
Hey, at least we didnt get Ryan Gosling, amiright?
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11:36PM on 08/23/2013

If this fails, it won't be Ben Affleck's fault

the guy's a talented actor/director and I'm sure he understands the character enough to give it his best. My only concerns are with Zack Snyder's direction and the script. If those suck, then it'll be like Hugh Jackman in X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE: a talented actor let down by a lousy script and director.
the guy's a talented actor/director and I'm sure he understands the character enough to give it his best. My only concerns are with Zack Snyder's direction and the script. If those suck, then it'll be like Hugh Jackman in X-MEN ORIGINS: WOLVERINE: a talented actor let down by a lousy script and director.
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10:58PM on 08/23/2013
"My point? I and all Bat fans can't rush to judgement"

Well said sir.
"My point? I and all Bat fans can't rush to judgement"

Well said sir.
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9:39PM on 08/23/2013
A lot of you worried about Snyder being the director... Snyder is a great director when it comes to action but sadly fails in the dramatic. Think about it. Affleck can direct the pants off drama, he has proven that lately with his awards and statues etc. this could be good for the future of the DC movies. With a bit of luck Affleck will be able to give Snyder some imput into the direction of his and other characters. What's done is done. People will have to accept it. You have a choice either
A lot of you worried about Snyder being the director... Snyder is a great director when it comes to action but sadly fails in the dramatic. Think about it. Affleck can direct the pants off drama, he has proven that lately with his awards and statues etc. this could be good for the future of the DC movies. With a bit of luck Affleck will be able to give Snyder some imput into the direction of his and other characters. What's done is done. People will have to accept it. You have a choice either watch it or wait for the next reboot. I recall how everyone lost their minds when Ledger was cast as the Joker and look how that turned out. Give him a chance..... You can be pissed all you want but at the end of the day Ben Affleck IS The Batman.
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7:15PM on 08/23/2013
Someone should also mention (I'm sorry if someone did, I didn't read all the comments) that he is the first actor to physically match Batman. Nearly 6'4" and he can pack on the muscle. Batman is 6'4" 220 lbs (according to the handy character profiles in the Arkham games)
Someone should also mention (I'm sorry if someone did, I didn't read all the comments) that he is the first actor to physically match Batman. Nearly 6'4" and he can pack on the muscle. Batman is 6'4" 220 lbs (according to the handy character profiles in the Arkham games)
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6:43PM on 08/23/2013
Well put. I feel the exact same way.
Well put. I feel the exact same way.
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6:40PM on 08/23/2013
I'm already tentatively on board with this (I don't trust Zack Snyder, either). But it's the final paragraph that I see as irrefutable. Ben Affleck today is only too aware of the shit he got through the years, and that he needs to not go back there.
I'm already tentatively on board with this (I don't trust Zack Snyder, either). But it's the final paragraph that I see as irrefutable. Ben Affleck today is only too aware of the shit he got through the years, and that he needs to not go back there.
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6:37PM on 08/23/2013
The only news that would rile up my day is if they also cast Kevin Smith as Alfred.
The only news that would rile up my day is if they also cast Kevin Smith as Alfred.
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5:55PM on 08/23/2013
Overall some very fine points made. But in the end I think this will be a misfire. Will it be a train wreck? No, probably not. Because Affleck knows enough of what it takes to make a good movie that he won't blow. But this casting is hardly what this movie needs to carry what is likely to be a poor script and typical CG action focused directing.
Overall some very fine points made. But in the end I think this will be a misfire. Will it be a train wreck? No, probably not. Because Affleck knows enough of what it takes to make a good movie that he won't blow. But this casting is hardly what this movie needs to carry what is likely to be a poor script and typical CG action focused directing.
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5:51PM on 08/23/2013
I really think the Internet has just been overloaded when Affleck was announced as the new Batman. But I'm willing to give him a chance. He has come so far since his horrible Gigli day with The Town, Argo and To The Wonder. I'll see what he can do with the role.
I really think the Internet has just been overloaded when Affleck was announced as the new Batman. But I'm willing to give him a chance. He has come so far since his horrible Gigli day with The Town, Argo and To The Wonder. I'll see what he can do with the role.
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5:41PM on 08/23/2013
I don't get it. How does everyone seem to recall a widespread backlash to Michael Keaton's casting announcement when there was no internet and Adam West's 60's Batman was the only template we had? Hell, back in those days we could walk in to Comic Con on the day of and buy a ticket.
I don't get it. How does everyone seem to recall a widespread backlash to Michael Keaton's casting announcement when there was no internet and Adam West's 60's Batman was the only template we had? Hell, back in those days we could walk in to Comic Con on the day of and buy a ticket.
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8:37PM on 08/23/2013
There certainly was an internet back then. Perhaps you are too young to remember. You may not have had the internet in your homes but we had the internet in our universities all through the eighties.
There certainly was an internet back then. Perhaps you are too young to remember. You may not have had the internet in your homes but we had the internet in our universities all through the eighties.
11:53PM on 08/23/2013
Because there were these things called magazines, newspapers and this box in our homes that showed news & entertainment programs called Television.
Because there were these things called magazines, newspapers and this box in our homes that showed news & entertainment programs called Television.
5:35PM on 08/23/2013

Well written article.

I agree 100% with the points addressed in this article. I had the same reaction at first but after a bit of reflecting, I think it is a good choice. Maybe a bit of an experiment, but with the right vehicle I think Affleck can be a very convincing and effective actor and I'm intrigued to see where this leads. One thing is for sure is that this casting decision is genius. Look how much buzz it has created and let's be honest, every poster will see this movie (ok the same outcome would occur
I agree 100% with the points addressed in this article. I had the same reaction at first but after a bit of reflecting, I think it is a good choice. Maybe a bit of an experiment, but with the right vehicle I think Affleck can be a very convincing and effective actor and I'm intrigued to see where this leads. One thing is for sure is that this casting decision is genius. Look how much buzz it has created and let's be honest, every poster will see this movie (ok the same outcome would occur w/o Affleck). Chesty Smith, Fred O'Bannion, Shannon Hamilton and now Bruce Wayne, c'mon. And bringing up something I ran into earlier today in the haze of memes: let's go back and imagine pre Dark Knight and the reactions to such an announcement of Heath Ledger as the Joker. How did that turn out. Honestly though I don't think Affleck's turn as the Bat will have as deep of an impact on the character. All I'm saying is I think this is a smart choice and will pay off with the right story and direction.
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5:36PM on 08/23/2013
How did that turn out?
How did that turn out?
5:30PM on 08/23/2013
I was on the fence about him being Batman, but now I'm so put off by the people signing the petition to stop it from happening that I'm totally in his corner. Still say he's a better choice than Brolin and a few of the others that were being considered. He'll make a good Bruce Wayne, and if Keaton can pull off Batman, I can give Affleck a chance.
I was on the fence about him being Batman, but now I'm so put off by the people signing the petition to stop it from happening that I'm totally in his corner. Still say he's a better choice than Brolin and a few of the others that were being considered. He'll make a good Bruce Wayne, and if Keaton can pull off Batman, I can give Affleck a chance.
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4:20PM on 08/23/2013
All the people complaining will be standing next to us opening night. The whole outrage thing is just sooo stupid.
All the people complaining will be standing next to us opening night. The whole outrage thing is just sooo stupid.
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4:32PM on 08/23/2013
I might not like the casting but your 100% right I will so be seeing this opening night
I might not like the casting but your 100% right I will so be seeing this opening night
4:59PM on 08/23/2013
That is inevitable....even if you cast Justin Bieber as Batman..or cast him as Wolverine ,ill still come watch it in the theatres..just to see what they have made.
That is inevitable....even if you cast Justin Bieber as Batman..or cast him as Wolverine ,ill still come watch it in the theatres..just to see what they have made.
3:58PM on 08/23/2013

WE cant do anythng about it now,can we? We can only do is accept him...the Studio will go ahead regardless of what any of us think!

We just have swallow this like a bitter medicine.And hope this version brings something fresh and cool. Just make this Batman grimmer and who's willing to break bones.
We just have swallow this like a bitter medicine.And hope this version brings something fresh and cool. Just make this Batman grimmer and who's willing to break bones.
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3:54PM on 08/23/2013

Hmm

The thing is, no one person usually makes or breaks a movie. The surrounding cast of Argo and The Town are good actors. They elevated the whole thing. All things aside, I don't feel that he is the right choice. This is a movie where he needs to be on all the time, and I don't think that he can pull that off. Him and Ryan Reynolds could be brothers. All of their movies come off as Ben Affleck movies or Ryan Reynolds movies, instead of Green Lantern or Batman. He has no range.
The thing is, no one person usually makes or breaks a movie. The surrounding cast of Argo and The Town are good actors. They elevated the whole thing. All things aside, I don't feel that he is the right choice. This is a movie where he needs to be on all the time, and I don't think that he can pull that off. Him and Ryan Reynolds could be brothers. All of their movies come off as Ben Affleck movies or Ryan Reynolds movies, instead of Green Lantern or Batman. He has no range.
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3:53PM on 08/23/2013
What was the name of the actor who starred in the best picture of the year last year? I think the movie was called 'Argo', and it won multiple academy awards including best picture. What was the name of the actor who played the lead in that phenomenal movie? Oh that's right, it was Ben Affleck. Ben Affleck starred in the BEST MOVIE OF THE YEAR last year, so shut the f*ck up haters!
What was the name of the actor who starred in the best picture of the year last year? I think the movie was called 'Argo', and it won multiple academy awards including best picture. What was the name of the actor who played the lead in that phenomenal movie? Oh that's right, it was Ben Affleck. Ben Affleck starred in the BEST MOVIE OF THE YEAR last year, so shut the f*ck up haters!
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3:58PM on 08/23/2013
Everyone has a good day. Plus he's playing off a laundry list of good actors. Something good was bound to happen.
Everyone has a good day. Plus he's playing off a laundry list of good actors. Something good was bound to happen.
5:49PM on 08/23/2013
Did that move take home best actor for his performance? No.
Did he play a character that was a powerful billionaire playboy, who commanded the presence and intimidation that put the fear in criminals on a nightly basis? And with the chops to go up against Superman? No again.
Agro is sooo far from a movie you use to compare this one. So please stop.
Did that move take home best actor for his performance? No.
Did he play a character that was a powerful billionaire playboy, who commanded the presence and intimidation that put the fear in criminals on a nightly basis? And with the chops to go up against Superman? No again.
Agro is sooo far from a movie you use to compare this one. So please stop.
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3:45PM on 08/23/2013

One thing I agree on, at this point I do trust Affleck's artisticn instincts more than Snyder's.

I never liked Affleck during his initial surge of success in the late 90's and early 2000's. However, I saw Gone Baby Gone and was blown away by his talent as a director. Then I saw Hollywoodland, The Town and Argo and, whatever mistakes he committed early on in his career its clear that he has developed into one heck of a talented man. I have nothing against Snyder, he handles certain aspects of film making very well, but while Man of Steel was a step forward in terms of story and character
I never liked Affleck during his initial surge of success in the late 90's and early 2000's. However, I saw Gone Baby Gone and was blown away by his talent as a director. Then I saw Hollywoodland, The Town and Argo and, whatever mistakes he committed early on in his career its clear that he has developed into one heck of a talented man. I have nothing against Snyder, he handles certain aspects of film making very well, but while Man of Steel was a step forward in terms of story and character development they still didn't quite hit the spot for me and those are two areas where the new Affleck excels and can hopefully help Snyder nail it in the new project.
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3:42PM on 08/23/2013
Affleck is a very good actor, and he's been doing a great job with his performances over the last 8 years. He's also been picking a lot of good roles over the last few years as well.
Rotten Tomatoes scores for some of his movies.
Argo 96%
The Town 94%
State of Play 86%
Gone Baby Gone (Director) 94%
Hollywoodland 81%

Relax fanboys, everything is going to be alright.
Affleck is a very good actor, and he's been doing a great job with his performances over the last 8 years. He's also been picking a lot of good roles over the last few years as well.
Rotten Tomatoes scores for some of his movies.
Argo 96%
The Town 94%
State of Play 86%
Gone Baby Gone (Director) 94%
Hollywoodland 81%

Relax fanboys, everything is going to be alright.
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4:40PM on 08/23/2013
Daniel Day-Lewis - > Rotten Tomatoes scores for some of his movies:

My Left Foot 100%
A Room With A View 100%
The Last of the Mohicans 97%
In the Name of the Father 95%
The Unbearable Lightness of Being 95%
There Will Be Blood 91%
Lincoln 89%
Daniel Day-Lewis - > Rotten Tomatoes scores for some of his movies:

My Left Foot 100%
A Room With A View 100%
The Last of the Mohicans 97%
In the Name of the Father 95%
The Unbearable Lightness of Being 95%
There Will Be Blood 91%
Lincoln 89%
5:25PM on 08/23/2013
Jasper, what dies Daniel day lewis have to do with anything
Jasper, what dies Daniel day lewis have to do with anything
5:31PM on 08/23/2013
Brer B8a

About as much as the original commenter's reference to another actor's (Ben Affleck) Rotten Tomatoes scores. Said scores based on critics reviews of particular films have nothing to do with whether or not the actor would make a good Batman.
Brer B8a

About as much as the original commenter's reference to another actor's (Ben Affleck) Rotten Tomatoes scores. Said scores based on critics reviews of particular films have nothing to do with whether or not the actor would make a good Batman.
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3:34PM on 08/23/2013
I'm still very open - time will tell. My concerns with Affleck is not can he play Batman - I don't think that's the issue. Any good actor can do that - learn to fight...look brooding (half his face is going to be covered) - those are things I'm sure he'll be capable of doing. My worry is he cannot pull of Bruce Wayne the way it was done my Conroy...and more relevantly (as it's a live action movie), Bale. Bale's Wayne was absolutely brilliant...clearly inspired by Conroy. He only f-d up the
I'm still very open - time will tell. My concerns with Affleck is not can he play Batman - I don't think that's the issue. Any good actor can do that - learn to fight...look brooding (half his face is going to be covered) - those are things I'm sure he'll be capable of doing. My worry is he cannot pull of Bruce Wayne the way it was done my Conroy...and more relevantly (as it's a live action movie), Bale. Bale's Wayne was absolutely brilliant...clearly inspired by Conroy. He only f-d up the Batman voice - his serious Wayne voice was great...and his yuppie playboy Wayne voice was fantastic..."Well, A Guy Who Dresses Up Like A Bat Clearly Has Issues" lolzzzzz - truly brilliant stuff. Can Affleck pull that off? I do so hope the new Batman is like this. I would hate for Goyer and Snyder to be so determined to differentiate their Bruce from all that came before, we lose that aspect of Bruce Wayne. Does anyone remember that episode I think from the animated series (may have been the pilot - Man Bat episode) where Alfred answers the call from the University and hands it over to Wayne - and we hear Conroy's yuppie/playboy Wayne voice for the first time - please let us get moments like that but only if Affleck can pull it off as effectively as Conroy and Bale.
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3:32PM on 08/23/2013
Affleck was great in The Town, Good Will Hunting, Argo, and Hollywoodland. He's a very good (and underrated) actor, I think he'll be great as Batman.
Affleck was great in The Town, Good Will Hunting, Argo, and Hollywoodland. He's a very good (and underrated) actor, I think he'll be great as Batman.
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3:31PM on 08/23/2013

Marvel is Laughing their Asses off right Now

When they said they wanted a 40-Year-Old Batman, I thought they meant "A Man that actually Acts, Looks, and Sounds like a 40-yr-old." This article compares this to BOND. WHY is this being done (and butchered) with one of the most well known and beloved characters? Right when the character is really Hot? Do the BOND thing with someone else, not Batman. It just fucking baffles me. Oh Ben has changed, your point? Let him be a great actor in something else, he has the talent. A guy that said
When they said they wanted a 40-Year-Old Batman, I thought they meant "A Man that actually Acts, Looks, and Sounds like a 40-yr-old." This article compares this to BOND. WHY is this being done (and butchered) with one of the most well known and beloved characters? Right when the character is really Hot? Do the BOND thing with someone else, not Batman. It just fucking baffles me. Oh Ben has changed, your point? Let him be a great actor in something else, he has the talent. A guy that said wearing a costume was embarrassing to him. I like Ben a lot but this is such LAZY casting fuck my life.
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3:48PM on 08/23/2013
The cast the guy who won best picture last year...what a bunch of idiots.
The cast the guy who won best picture last year...what a bunch of idiots.
4:02PM on 08/23/2013
Agreed ;)
Agreed ;)
3:24PM on 08/23/2013

Good read. Still NOT convinced.

I really hope I'm proven wrong in 2015 when Affleck hits this out of the ballpark and I'm f*cking amazed by his performance. Right now though, I'm bummed. Anyone from Anson Mount to Richard Armitage would have been better choices. With Affleck, I've already decided that Superman looks, feels, and is the stronger and better superhero. I'm sorry, but Affleck just hasn't shown the range to play Batman in the last 20 years. And for anyone making silly comparisons to Ledger's casting, let's remember
I really hope I'm proven wrong in 2015 when Affleck hits this out of the ballpark and I'm f*cking amazed by his performance. Right now though, I'm bummed. Anyone from Anson Mount to Richard Armitage would have been better choices. With Affleck, I've already decided that Superman looks, feels, and is the stronger and better superhero. I'm sorry, but Affleck just hasn't shown the range to play Batman in the last 20 years. And for anyone making silly comparisons to Ledger's casting, let's remember that Ledger was an amazing actor way before he ever took that role. Affleck, sadly, has always been Affleck. Like Clooney, he plays variations of his baseline self.
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3:06PM on 08/23/2013
Affleck will never be Clint Eastwood and this role will never be his Dirty Harry. I see it like this... Ben bounced back, Ben got offered 20mil+, new Ben Affleck is just old Ben Affleck with the Oscar win going to his head, the world isn't going to forgive him twice.
Affleck will never be Clint Eastwood and this role will never be his Dirty Harry. I see it like this... Ben bounced back, Ben got offered 20mil+, new Ben Affleck is just old Ben Affleck with the Oscar win going to his head, the world isn't going to forgive him twice.
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3:04PM on 08/23/2013
I'm more shocked at everyone's reaction than the casting. Its like everyone just woke up from their nap they took in 2003 and missed all the cool things Affleck has done and been in. Sorry its not your fantasy casting fellas, but really its a better choice than most the suggestions I heard on here.
I'm more shocked at everyone's reaction than the casting. Its like everyone just woke up from their nap they took in 2003 and missed all the cool things Affleck has done and been in. Sorry its not your fantasy casting fellas, but really its a better choice than most the suggestions I heard on here.
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3:24PM on 08/23/2013
Some folks will base it on Daredevil and other films, however that's not the only reasoning here.

Sure he's improved over the years in his acting abilities, but there's a reason why nobody thought of him beforehand for this role. He doesn't fit into the character of the suave playboy type like Bruce Wayne, nor come across as intimidating as Batman needs to be.

The key argument against him playing batman is that he simply does not suit the role.
Some folks will base it on Daredevil and other films, however that's not the only reasoning here.

Sure he's improved over the years in his acting abilities, but there's a reason why nobody thought of him beforehand for this role. He doesn't fit into the character of the suave playboy type like Bruce Wayne, nor come across as intimidating as Batman needs to be.

The key argument against him playing batman is that he simply does not suit the role.
3:43PM on 08/23/2013
Fanboys are hard to please, and they always ruin things for themselves.
Fanboys are hard to please, and they always ruin things for themselves.
2:57PM on 08/23/2013

Affleck might be a bad choice, but aren't there worse choices??

I think Affleck has potential. But I really don't like to only see potential in my favorite characters. I wish I could be more confident in the decision. So again, I'm not saying he's the worst choice, but for something so important to film, he's no guarantee to nail Batman. I like Affleck, I do. Let's see what he's got. Who knows? Him and Cavill might work out really well together on screen. Btw, is this news didn't piss you off. list list of the worst Batmans to ever grace the screen surely
I think Affleck has potential. But I really don't like to only see potential in my favorite characters. I wish I could be more confident in the decision. So again, I'm not saying he's the worst choice, but for something so important to film, he's no guarantee to nail Batman. I like Affleck, I do. Let's see what he's got. Who knows? Him and Cavill might work out really well together on screen. Btw, is this news didn't piss you off. list list of the worst Batmans to ever grace the screen surely will - [link]
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2:52PM on 08/23/2013
Considering your love of Batman sounds like mine ( I still have my stuff from way back in the day myself)......I agree. The more I think about it the more I think this could work. Hopefully he sees/hears about all the hate and takes that in his performance. I can picture it now, repeatedly punching some dude in the face in the cape and cowl while he thinks in his head "Fuck you fanboys!"
Considering your love of Batman sounds like mine ( I still have my stuff from way back in the day myself)......I agree. The more I think about it the more I think this could work. Hopefully he sees/hears about all the hate and takes that in his performance. I can picture it now, repeatedly punching some dude in the face in the cape and cowl while he thinks in his head "Fuck you fanboys!"
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2:48PM on 08/23/2013
Affleck > Urban. Yeah, I said it.
Affleck > Urban. Yeah, I said it.
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2:52PM on 08/23/2013
I'm gonna go ahead and agree with you sir :)
I'm gonna go ahead and agree with you sir :)
3:18PM on 08/23/2013
What do you mean, you said it?...Everyone knows that....Duh?!
What do you mean, you said it?...Everyone knows that....Duh?!
5:51PM on 08/23/2013
How is this a statement that is ballsy? That's like me going... "Nolan > Synder. Yeah, I said it. I'm bad ass."
How is this a statement that is ballsy? That's like me going... "Nolan > Synder. Yeah, I said it. I'm bad ass."
9:27PM on 08/23/2013
nammerman, I beleive it is because the majority of shmoes wanted Urban to be Batman based on the results of the cast this section of this site.
nammerman, I beleive it is because the majority of shmoes wanted Urban to be Batman based on the results of the cast this section of this site.
2:39PM on 08/23/2013
I agree. Everyone who is hating on this should really just give it a chance. The daredevil Ben Affleck is dead and gone. I feel like we are going to get something closer to his performances in The Town and Argo. Also something to keep in mind is the fact that this will be a multi film multi year commitment and Ben Affleck is in a position in Hollywood where he can pretty much do whatever he wants right now. He doesn't need this role the way some other actors would. Bottom line is he choose this
I agree. Everyone who is hating on this should really just give it a chance. The daredevil Ben Affleck is dead and gone. I feel like we are going to get something closer to his performances in The Town and Argo. Also something to keep in mind is the fact that this will be a multi film multi year commitment and Ben Affleck is in a position in Hollywood where he can pretty much do whatever he wants right now. He doesn't need this role the way some other actors would. Bottom line is he choose this role because Ben Affleck really is a fan boy at heart and this is a dream job for him. I think it means a lot to him to do the role justice and I am confident that he will. I think he played an excellent silent but brooding badass in Argo and I am picturing that kind of Batman. Also not to be an ass but I think it was Heath Ledger who sited Tom Waits as an inspiration for the joker, Not Christian Bale.
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2:25PM on 08/23/2013
I'm more shocked at everyone's reaction than the casting. Its like everyone just woke up from their nap they took in 2003 and missed all the cool things Affleck has done and been in. Sorry its not your fantasy casting fellas, but really its a better choice than most the suggestions I heard on here.
I'm more shocked at everyone's reaction than the casting. Its like everyone just woke up from their nap they took in 2003 and missed all the cool things Affleck has done and been in. Sorry its not your fantasy casting fellas, but really its a better choice than most the suggestions I heard on here.
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2:24PM on 08/23/2013

Affleck leaves due to "creative differences"

Mark my words....he will bail in a few months and they'll get someone else
Mark my words....he will bail in a few months and they'll get someone else
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3:29PM on 08/23/2013
I hope you're right.
I hope you're right.
2:18PM on 08/23/2013
This article is just ridiculous, and smells as if it were sponsored by the WB. Calling Affleck the next Eastwood? Are you fucking kidding me? Ben Affleck is about as much of a tough guy as Affleck. You see Affleck is my go to adjective for insults. Like, that acting was so bad it was like an Affleck performance.
This article is just ridiculous, and smells as if it were sponsored by the WB. Calling Affleck the next Eastwood? Are you fucking kidding me? Ben Affleck is about as much of a tough guy as Affleck. You see Affleck is my go to adjective for insults. Like, that acting was so bad it was like an Affleck performance.
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2:24PM on 08/23/2013
he means the next eastwood in terms of an actor becoming a director i thought
he means the next eastwood in terms of an actor becoming a director i thought
3:07PM on 08/23/2013
If you really think Affleck is the guy he was in terms of skill and personality from 10 years ago you're just not paying attention. I'm not mad, just disappointed.
If you really think Affleck is the guy he was in terms of skill and personality from 10 years ago you're just not paying attention. I'm not mad, just disappointed.
3:11PM on 08/23/2013
Agreed....Little boy voice behind the Batman mask, so frustrating.
Agreed....Little boy voice behind the Batman mask, so frustrating.
2:16PM on 08/23/2013
Like I said before: give him the benefit of the doubt, he's earned it.
Like I said before: give him the benefit of the doubt, he's earned it.
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2:16PM on 08/23/2013
Good read, I was a fan of this announcement the moment the news came online. The fanboy bickering makes no sense to me. Thank you for this!
Good read, I was a fan of this announcement the moment the news came online. The fanboy bickering makes no sense to me. Thank you for this!
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2:13PM on 08/23/2013
Affleck is going to be a brilliant Batman.
Affleck is going to be a brilliant Batman.
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2:41PM on 08/23/2013
Says the man with a Green Lantern movie avatar. rme...smh
Says the man with a Green Lantern movie avatar. rme...smh
3:44PM on 08/23/2013
Only if 'brilliant' now means the complete opposite of the actual definition of the word.
Only if 'brilliant' now means the complete opposite of the actual definition of the word.
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2:09PM on 08/23/2013

Matt Damon

as Robin!
as Robin!
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4:01PM on 08/23/2013
Everyone on the internet has already made this joke...
Everyone on the internet has already made this joke...
2:03PM on 08/23/2013
You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself played by Ben Affleck
You either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself played by Ben Affleck
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2:04PM on 08/23/2013
Terrible fate for anyone.
Terrible fate for anyone.
1:57PM on 08/23/2013

I support Affleck as Batman

When I first heard about the casting I thought it was a really interesting choice (in a good way) and it just sucks because until the first images or footage appears all we're going to hear are the haters.
They're not just going to give the role of Batman to anybody so maybe Affleck actually interacted and rehearsed with Cavill and there's a real chemistry there and maybe Affleck has added something special to the character.
When I first heard about the casting I thought it was a really interesting choice (in a good way) and it just sucks because until the first images or footage appears all we're going to hear are the haters.
They're not just going to give the role of Batman to anybody so maybe Affleck actually interacted and rehearsed with Cavill and there's a real chemistry there and maybe Affleck has added something special to the character.
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1:51PM on 08/23/2013
Affleck, Good. Snyder and Goyer, bad.
Affleck, Good. Snyder and Goyer, bad.
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1:36PM on 08/23/2013
Lol, this is like saying "Give Joel Schumacher another chance at Batman, he did a good job with those House of Cards episodes"
We've already seen Affleck as Batman with Daredevil (very similar characters). We've already seen what he brings to this particular table. Nothing is going to change that. Affleck has 0 range as an actor. Sometimes his schtick works, most of the time it doesn't.
Lol, this is like saying "Give Joel Schumacher another chance at Batman, he did a good job with those House of Cards episodes"
We've already seen Affleck as Batman with Daredevil (very similar characters). We've already seen what he brings to this particular table. Nothing is going to change that. Affleck has 0 range as an actor. Sometimes his schtick works, most of the time it doesn't.
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1:50PM on 08/23/2013
Joel Schumacher's Batman was meant to be campy and to sell toys. Nothing wrong with an actor playing multiple heroes. Chris Evans made for a disappointing Human Torch but a great Captain America. Daredevil was flawed due to story and lighthearted approach.
Joel Schumacher's Batman was meant to be campy and to sell toys. Nothing wrong with an actor playing multiple heroes. Chris Evans made for a disappointing Human Torch but a great Captain America. Daredevil was flawed due to story and lighthearted approach.
1:59PM on 08/23/2013
It's not about an actor playing multiple heroes. It's about an actor playing a certain type of hero, and doing a horrible razzie nominated job at it. Then years later people think that this is a good idea for this same actor to play the exact same type of hero again.

This is exactly like having Halle Berry play Black Cat in the next Spider-Man movie.
It's not about an actor playing multiple heroes. It's about an actor playing a certain type of hero, and doing a horrible razzie nominated job at it. Then years later people think that this is a good idea for this same actor to play the exact same type of hero again.

This is exactly like having Halle Berry play Black Cat in the next Spider-Man movie.
2:41PM on 08/23/2013
Daredevil was released ten years ago. Affleck has improved so much as actor since then. This is not the Affleck coming off stinkers like Gigli or jersey girl. This is the one coming off the town and friggin Argo. I may not be 100% behind this casting, but I'm not going to dismiss it completely because I didn't like a movie he did ten years ago. That would be absurd.
Daredevil was released ten years ago. Affleck has improved so much as actor since then. This is not the Affleck coming off stinkers like Gigli or jersey girl. This is the one coming off the town and friggin Argo. I may not be 100% behind this casting, but I'm not going to dismiss it completely because I didn't like a movie he did ten years ago. That would be absurd.
3:11PM on 08/23/2013
No it's not. JS hasn't done anything that good in a much longer time. Also, he already DID Batman so there's that. You can't compare broken trust from an action already taken to broken trust for an action NOT taken yet.
No it's not. JS hasn't done anything that good in a much longer time. Also, he already DID Batman so there's that. You can't compare broken trust from an action already taken to broken trust for an action NOT taken yet.
10:12AM on 08/24/2013
Nothing about Affleck's acting has improved. The only think about Affleck that has improves is his PA.
Nothing about Affleck's acting has improved. The only think about Affleck that has improves is his PA.
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1:31PM on 08/23/2013
I'm actually intrigued by Affleck as Bats!

Great article!
I'm actually intrigued by Affleck as Bats!

Great article!
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1:26PM on 08/23/2013

THIS JUST IN:

"Marvel Comics and their parent company, Disney, would like to congratulate WB and DC on their casting choice of Batman. Good luck with that."
"Marvel Comics and their parent company, Disney, would like to congratulate WB and DC on their casting choice of Batman. Good luck with that."
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1:13PM on 08/23/2013
when i first read about it i thought it was a joke. but he has done well in his last few movies so im still optimistic. i was fully against anne hathaway and she did a great job and who would have thought a 5'9" bane would work so well. also i remember ledger getting a lot of hate when he was cast. same with daniel craig people were freaking out because he has blonde hair
when i first read about it i thought it was a joke. but he has done well in his last few movies so im still optimistic. i was fully against anne hathaway and she did a great job and who would have thought a 5'9" bane would work so well. also i remember ledger getting a lot of hate when he was cast. same with daniel craig people were freaking out because he has blonde hair
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