Now I really like Batman, almost as much as I like ripping off Kevin Smith podcast titles, so consequently I was waiting in anticipation for casting news about who would be playing the Caped Crusader in the Man of Steel sequel scheduled sometime in the next two years. Worryingly such names as Orlando Bloom, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin had been banded around and I especially thought that the Warner Bros machine had gone into meltdown trying to work out who could fill Bale's rubber boots.
And then last night on Twitter I saw a flurry of activity regarding Ben Affleck as Batman, something that had already been mentioned before anyone knew Man of Steel was going to be a fiscal hit, if not with the critics. My opinion? Yeah, sure. If you had asked me 5 years ago, probably not, but Argo, The Town, his brief appearance in Smoking Aces, he has pulled his act together to the "Good Will Hunting and Dogma" days. (Yes I think Dogma is a great film).
I hope that Affleck marks the return of a Batman more akin to the comics. Don't get me wrong, Bale's Batman was fine, I like him, but that doesn't need to be the norm, and I think with the casting choice of Affleck, they know that. Affleck can do humour fairly well, and if I'm being frank, another Henry Cavil film needs some fucking levity. I don't want wacky Adam West Batman, give me the DC Animated Universe Batman, he can brood, but he can smirk. He can be the literal human aspect of a Superman film.
As for Robin? Eh, leave him for this one, you are going to have a big enough job introducing Batman. I'm also very glad that this isn't the Nolan-verse anymore. I would've hated to see them bastardise the trilogy even further than the 3rd one did by crudely melding them together.
So, to conclude, am I happy with Affleck? Yeah, more than most of the Internet. Do I think MoS2 will be a great movie? Probably not. Will I watch it anyway? Oh, you can bet money on it. Well played DC, well played.