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Will Detroit double as Gotham City in Man of Steel sequel? Plus, Twitter explodes over Ben Affleck casting

Aug. 23, 2013by: Jesse Giroux

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Still in shock from last night's big announcement about Ben Affleck as the new Batman? You're not the only one (I'll get to that in a moment) and Latino-Review has some more news involving the planned sequel to MAN OF STEEL. A source for the site says a production team was recently in Detroit, Michigan and they were checking out the city as a possibly location for Gotham City in the new film. Chicago and Pittsburgh were primarily used to portray the fictional city in Christopher Nolan's films, which are fine cities to double as Gotham, but I think the Motor City is an excellent choice for the new Gotham. Apparently the production team also scouted Morocco, and Latino-Review speculates that the location could be where someone (Lex Luthor, Batman) discovers Kryptonite for the first time.

Latino-Review also says there's a chance Ben Affleck could direct a future Batman film, however it is less of a rumor and more of a speculation. OF COURSE people are going to say Affleck might helm a new film, since he has done some fantastic work behind the camera and at one point he was rumored for the JUSTICE LEAGUE movie. I do think it could happen, but it's way too early to say for sure that Ben Affleck will direct a new Batman film, or if he would even be interested in the job. Maybe he'll just want to concentrate on playing Batman and let someone else worry about directing the flick.

People have expressed some very strong feelings about Ben Affleck as the new Batman and while I'm not going to go into my thoughts about the subject (I have no problem with Affleck as Batman, but I don't want to go on some 5,000 word rant defending the dude in a news article), I will share with you some of the reactions from Twitter, including ones from Kevin Smith, Patton Oswalt, Mark Millar and Brian Posehn.

The still untitled sequel to MAN OF STEEL starring Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman will be in theaters on July 17th, 2015.

Extra Tidbit: Some of you really hate Ben Affleck, huh?
Source: Latino-Review

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9:22PM on 08/23/2013
Detroit is definitely dark and depressing enough to pass.
Detroit is definitely dark and depressing enough to pass.
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4:28PM on 08/23/2013
The complainers are gonna look foolish in the end.
The complainers are gonna look foolish in the end.
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4:16PM on 08/23/2013
the only people, who are really upset about this, are the people who haven't come out of their moms basement for ten years after seeing daredevil.
the only people, who are really upset about this, are the people who haven't come out of their moms basement for ten years after seeing daredevil.
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2:20PM on 08/23/2013
I don't get all the hate over the choice for Affleck to be Batman. What's the problem? He's a talented actor, in good shape, he has the chops to take on both sides of the role. He's one of few actors I could see pulling off he Bruce Wayne persona and at the same time being Batman. I mean, so many people were vying for Karl Urban and while yes he would make a great Batman, I've yet to see him in a role that would make me think he could play a good Bruce Wayne. Ben Affleck has proven time
I don't get all the hate over the choice for Affleck to be Batman. What's the problem? He's a talented actor, in good shape, he has the chops to take on both sides of the role. He's one of few actors I could see pulling off he Bruce Wayne persona and at the same time being Batman. I mean, so many people were vying for Karl Urban and while yes he would make a great Batman, I've yet to see him in a role that would make me think he could play a good Bruce Wayne. Ben Affleck has proven time and again that he has range as an actor, so maybe it might flop, but we've yet to see anything that would prove Affleck would give a bad performance.....well anything in the last 5-7 years.
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2:07PM on 08/23/2013
Will Wheaton would be happy to play a pile of dog shit in a major movie at this point. So I would not be shooting anyone down if I were him
Will Wheaton would be happy to play a pile of dog shit in a major movie at this point. So I would not be shooting anyone down if I were him
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2:15PM on 08/23/2013
HAhahaha, I was going to write something about Wil Wheaton too. But what you said was perfect, so let's leave it at that, lol.
HAhahaha, I was going to write something about Wil Wheaton too. But what you said was perfect, so let's leave it at that, lol.
1:34PM 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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9:37PM on 08/23/2013
Same joke different column eh?
Same joke different column eh?
9:37PM on 08/23/2013
Same joke different column eh?
Same joke different column eh?
1:16PM on 08/23/2013
I live about 45 minutes from Detroit, its probably the shittiest city in the United States. It is so abandoned that bodies are dumped in the abandoned lots and it takes weeks for the bodies to be found.
I live about 45 minutes from Detroit, its probably the shittiest city in the United States. It is so abandoned that bodies are dumped in the abandoned lots and it takes weeks for the bodies to be found.
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1:16PM on 08/23/2013
I live about 45 minutes from Detroit, its probably the shittiest city in the United States. It is so abandoned that bodies are dumped in the abandoned lots and it takes weeks for the bodies to be found.
I live about 45 minutes from Detroit, its probably the shittiest city in the United States. It is so abandoned that bodies are dumped in the abandoned lots and it takes weeks for the bodies to be found.
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12:55PM on 08/23/2013

Chill the F out

It's just a zack Snyder movie, it's not like he is the Batman Batman.
He is Batman like the Predator is in Predator vs Aliens.
It's just a zack Snyder movie, it's not like he is the Batman Batman.
He is Batman like the Predator is in Predator vs Aliens.
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12:38PM on 08/23/2013
This is a wasted opportunity just like in Captain America and Green Lantern. It's okay that the actors in these movies have played superheroes before but it's kind of unfair for really talented actors out there that just need a movie like this to boost there status and become a-list actors. Everybody knows the name Ben Affleck but guess what if Karl Urban had gotten the job everybody would know his name too. But now he'll just be Bones from the star trek movies.
This is a wasted opportunity just like in Captain America and Green Lantern. It's okay that the actors in these movies have played superheroes before but it's kind of unfair for really talented actors out there that just need a movie like this to boost there status and become a-list actors. Everybody knows the name Ben Affleck but guess what if Karl Urban had gotten the job everybody would know his name too. But now he'll just be Bones from the star trek movies.
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12:19PM on 08/23/2013
I wish people would get their panties out of a wad. I remember when Heath Ledger was cast as the Joker and everybody about nearly honor killed themselves. These days, we praise that performance and deem it as one of the best of all time. Affleck has more than proven that he's capable of doing some incredible work. In the last half decade or so, he's sharpened his acting skills and has solidified himself as a worthy director. His casting was unexpected but it's something that has my full
I wish people would get their panties out of a wad. I remember when Heath Ledger was cast as the Joker and everybody about nearly honor killed themselves. These days, we praise that performance and deem it as one of the best of all time. Affleck has more than proven that he's capable of doing some incredible work. In the last half decade or so, he's sharpened his acting skills and has solidified himself as a worthy director. His casting was unexpected but it's something that has my full support. Yes, I had my own picks and while I'm bummed I won't get to see them don the cape and cowl, I'm certainly stoked to see Affleck's Batman duke it out with Cavill's Superman.
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5:45PM on 08/23/2013
I would have to agree with you. His casting was really unexpected but not unwelcome in my opinion. Where Daredevil failed, I feel anyway, had nothing to do with Affleck. The writing and direction were to blame. Not to mention he has had some very strong performances and directing gigs over the last few years. I am actually kind of looking forward to see what Affleck caj do with the character.
I would have to agree with you. His casting was really unexpected but not unwelcome in my opinion. Where Daredevil failed, I feel anyway, had nothing to do with Affleck. The writing and direction were to blame. Not to mention he has had some very strong performances and directing gigs over the last few years. I am actually kind of looking forward to see what Affleck caj do with the character.
12:14PM on 08/23/2013
Hehe! Love what Wil Wheaton said!
Hehe! Love what Wil Wheaton said!
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12:04PM on 08/23/2013
Right about now, Michael Keaton is phoning up Ben Affleck and telling him he's Batman
Right about now, Michael Keaton is phoning up Ben Affleck and telling him he's Batman
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11:57AM on 08/23/2013

Nah...

More likely Detroit is doubling for Metropolis after 'Man of Steel'.
More likely Detroit is doubling for Metropolis after 'Man of Steel'.
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11:51AM on 08/23/2013
Poor Richard Dreyfuss, I was totally rooting for him to be cast.
Poor Richard Dreyfuss, I was totally rooting for him to be cast.
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11:27AM on 08/23/2013

So many people are ready to jump off the bridge

the guy has really rebounded his career, and could be good and I can easily see him as Wayne, but im not sold on Batman yet and want to see him in the cowl first, he really could be great....or set DC back another 10 years...but lets not go crazy yet, think about heath ledger and how many people went nuts over that,..
the guy has really rebounded his career, and could be good and I can easily see him as Wayne, but im not sold on Batman yet and want to see him in the cowl first, he really could be great....or set DC back another 10 years...but lets not go crazy yet, think about heath ledger and how many people went nuts over that,..
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11:27AM on 08/23/2013

This could work

If you look at his character in the town, it's a good start for a grizzled, slightly tainted older Bruce Wayne/Batman. Affleck is a far better actor than he was 10 years ago, and after directing it seems he understand the pitfalls of over/under playing a role. He's got a good jawline for the cowl, which will look good head to head with Cavill. He was jacked in the town, so I have no worries about him carrying his batman properly and he has the stature to look purposeful in the suit. Plus, they
If you look at his character in the town, it's a good start for a grizzled, slightly tainted older Bruce Wayne/Batman. Affleck is a far better actor than he was 10 years ago, and after directing it seems he understand the pitfalls of over/under playing a role. He's got a good jawline for the cowl, which will look good head to head with Cavill. He was jacked in the town, so I have no worries about him carrying his batman properly and he has the stature to look purposeful in the suit. Plus, they won't be asking him to squeeze himself into an overly tight red leather suit!
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11:23AM on 08/23/2013
Affleck as Batman is a joke. In EVERY role he is in he seems like an unlikable pompous smug douchbag. Tough and gritty he is not. DC films ended with The Dark Knight Rises, they died there. This other junk is like Terminator Salvation, does not exist to me.
Affleck as Batman is a joke. In EVERY role he is in he seems like an unlikable pompous smug douchbag. Tough and gritty he is not. DC films ended with The Dark Knight Rises, they died there. This other junk is like Terminator Salvation, does not exist to me.
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11:13AM on 08/23/2013
So Batman is also Moonraper (referring to movie poster within the movie "Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back")!
So Batman is also Moonraper (referring to movie poster within the movie "Jay and Silent Bob Strikes Back")!
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11:06AM on 08/23/2013
Has Kwame petitioned to court yet to be let out of prison so he can play the corrupt mayor?
Has Kwame petitioned to court yet to be let out of prison so he can play the corrupt mayor?
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10:54AM on 08/23/2013
Detroit, my hometown, is already Gotham City. Massive crime, corruption in government (every other week someone is getting indicted), crooked cops..........yep perfect!
Detroit, my hometown, is already Gotham City. Massive crime, corruption in government (every other week someone is getting indicted), crooked cops..........yep perfect!
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10:42AM on 08/23/2013
I'm really happy and excited about the casting. I've always been a huge fan of Ben Affleck and never understood the hate for the guy. He has certainly proven more than enough that he has talent in front of and behind the camera. But yeah, Ben Affleck is going to surprise all the haters and deliver a brilliant performance and make for one hell of a Batman. And if he gets to direct his own Batman film, even better.
I'm really happy and excited about the casting. I've always been a huge fan of Ben Affleck and never understood the hate for the guy. He has certainly proven more than enough that he has talent in front of and behind the camera. But yeah, Ben Affleck is going to surprise all the haters and deliver a brilliant performance and make for one hell of a Batman. And if he gets to direct his own Batman film, even better.
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10:40AM on 08/23/2013
Here's why Ben Affleck is a perfect choice. When it comes to keeping a secret identity, nobody will believe that he's Batman!
Here's why Ben Affleck is a perfect choice. When it comes to keeping a secret identity, nobody will believe that he's Batman!
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10:48AM on 08/23/2013
You sir have won the internet this morning.
You sir have won the internet this morning.
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10:38AM on 08/23/2013
i never expected so much backlash from Affleck becoming Batman, even outta Hollywood. Hell as i write this, CNN headline news is even talking about it. Im going in with a open mind, MoS wasnt a bad movie, but to me, i wasnt all that thrilled with it either. so hopefully this might turn out better
i never expected so much backlash from Affleck becoming Batman, even outta Hollywood. Hell as i write this, CNN headline news is even talking about it. Im going in with a open mind, MoS wasnt a bad movie, but to me, i wasnt all that thrilled with it either. so hopefully this might turn out better
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10:37AM on 08/23/2013
Do website writers have to say they like this news in order to stay on the studio's good side (I'm not singling out Joblo)? This is the studios most valued franchise and certainly one of their biggest risks, they're a little sensitive right now and no outlet looking for future handouts would want to piss them off.
Do website writers have to say they like this news in order to stay on the studio's good side (I'm not singling out Joblo)? This is the studios most valued franchise and certainly one of their biggest risks, they're a little sensitive right now and no outlet looking for future handouts would want to piss them off.
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10:31AM on 08/23/2013
I really like Affleck, but as a director. I honestly could not see him playing Batman.
I really like Affleck, but as a director. I honestly could not see him playing Batman.
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10:22AM on 08/23/2013

!!!

I can't wait to see this. I've always been a fan of batman and people are talking about daredevil, but that was a long time ago. You forget about the town? You forget a out Argo? Even his new film with JT looks solid. I think this movie is ultimately gonna disappoint anyway bc it's to soon for this, but it won't be his fault
I can't wait to see this. I've always been a fan of batman and people are talking about daredevil, but that was a long time ago. You forget about the town? You forget a out Argo? Even his new film with JT looks solid. I think this movie is ultimately gonna disappoint anyway bc it's to soon for this, but it won't be his fault
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10:20AM on 08/23/2013

lol Just Imagine The TOWN Affleck in the BAT Suit!but maintaining his Affleckness

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10:15AM on 08/23/2013
Put Affleck behind the camera, make Snyder Batman!, lol Why not could not get any worse. Make sure Batmobile is a Prius too. Should have gotten McConaughey as Batman, been killing it in his latest indie roles.
Put Affleck behind the camera, make Snyder Batman!, lol Why not could not get any worse. Make sure Batmobile is a Prius too. Should have gotten McConaughey as Batman, been killing it in his latest indie roles.
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10:15AM on 08/23/2013

This All MAkes Sense To Me

Snyder is an overrated hack who made 2 very good movies right at the beginning of his career( Dawn of the Dead ). Since then his movies are all bloated with special effects and little to no emotion. He's slowly turning into Michael Bay part 2 and this will be his Pearl Harbor and Affleck symbolizes that. I hate what they are doing to Superman, this will bury the character in the movies more then Superman Returns did.
Snyder is an overrated hack who made 2 very good movies right at the beginning of his career( Dawn of the Dead ). Since then his movies are all bloated with special effects and little to no emotion. He's slowly turning into Michael Bay part 2 and this will be his Pearl Harbor and Affleck symbolizes that. I hate what they are doing to Superman, this will bury the character in the movies more then Superman Returns did.
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10:40AM on 08/23/2013
300 and Sin City, I perfer the original Dawn of the Dead over the remake
300 and Sin City, I perfer the original Dawn of the Dead over the remake
11:11AM on 08/23/2013
Robert Rodriguez directed Sin City.
Robert Rodriguez directed Sin City.
9:54AM on 08/23/2013

Richard Dreyfuss

"You read for a part, you feel good about it, you feel confident, then they cast Ben Affleck."

That guy rocks
"You read for a part, you feel good about it, you feel confident, then they cast Ben Affleck."

That guy rocks
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9:54AM on 08/23/2013

Detroit as Gotham

So does Batman win by default, because even supervillains moved out?
So does Batman win by default, because even supervillains moved out?
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10:05AM on 08/23/2013
Superman vs. Batman vs. 50,000 stray dogs
Superman vs. Batman vs. 50,000 stray dogs
11:30AM on 08/23/2013
Well played, WatchTower.
Well played, WatchTower.
9:52AM on 08/23/2013
I mean, Detroit is pretty miserable, so yeah, could serve as a great Gotham.
I mean, Detroit is pretty miserable, so yeah, could serve as a great Gotham.
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9:45AM on 08/23/2013
I gotta say Iīm not quite sold on the idea of him being behind the mask.. but behind the camera.. damn!! Now thatīs a different story!
I gotta say Iīm not quite sold on the idea of him being behind the mask.. but behind the camera.. damn!! Now thatīs a different story!
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9:42AM on 08/23/2013
My hope is that Ben takes this backlash as inspiration to prove everyone wrong. I can't see him in the part right now but there's a chance he could do really good. Wish he was directing it as well.
My hope is that Ben takes this backlash as inspiration to prove everyone wrong. I can't see him in the part right now but there's a chance he could do really good. Wish he was directing it as well.
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9:42AM on 08/23/2013

AHH!

Freakin horrible decision. Out of all the great actors in hollywood, this is the best they can do? Hollywood always tries to shoehorn an actor into a role they do not qualify, after they win an Oscar. Come on guys, take a lesson on how Marvel is setting the stage! GEEEZ!
Freakin horrible decision. Out of all the great actors in hollywood, this is the best they can do? Hollywood always tries to shoehorn an actor into a role they do not qualify, after they win an Oscar. Come on guys, take a lesson on how Marvel is setting the stage! GEEEZ!
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10:05AM on 08/23/2013
What's with the negatives? I agree 100% with you....People actually want Ben to be Batman? LMFAO wow
What's with the negatives? I agree 100% with you....People actually want Ben to be Batman? LMFAO wow
10:20AM on 08/23/2013
Filmbuff, you miss the point. Ben Affleck's involvement is good news. He has credibility in Hollywood. Now they need to cast the Joker, Lex Luthor and Commissioner Gordon.
Filmbuff, you miss the point. Ben Affleck's involvement is good news. He has credibility in Hollywood. Now they need to cast the Joker, Lex Luthor and Commissioner Gordon.