Terrible news today, comic book-loving Bettys: The next Batman has been cast for the planned Man of Steel sequel. And it’s not Tyler Hoechlin. It’s not even Wes Bentley, who was rumored as recently as three days ago to have been endorsed by Christopher Nolan himself.
It’s Ben Affleck.
Clearly whoever is responsible for this disaster-in-the-making has never seen Daredevil.
According to the LA Times’ Hero Complex blog, director Zack Snyder is unbelievably excited about his casting choice. “Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry [Cavill’s] Superman,” he said in a statement. “He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.”
There are many words I would use to describe Ben Affleck. Don’t get me wrong—I’m not totally knocking him. He’s (somewhat surprisingly) turned out to be a terrific filmmaker; in fact, he’s really a better filmmaker than an actor—and therein lies the problem. I would use “interesting” to describe his work as a director. But I would most certainly NOT use “interesting” to describe his work as an actor. I would use “serviceable.” If I were feeling particularly mean, I might even use “boring.” But interesting? Um… not so much. Seriously—this has the potential to be even worse than when Joel Schumacher cast George Clooney in the role in Batman and Robin, and that was AWFUL (again, not knocking George—he’s a wonderful actor who, in this cast, suffered from an acute case of Miscast-itis).
Then again, Zack Snyder is not someone I actually trust that much. Although Greg Silverman, president of Warner Bros. creative development, said has said of him, “Zack Snyder is an incredibly talented filmmaker, but beyond that, he’s a fan first, and he utterly gets this genre,” I’m just not feeling it. For me, Zack Snyder movies are always like that hot guy at the bar with whom you end up having the worst one-night stand of your life: He looks great… but he just doesn’t deliver. Watchmen, Superpunch, even 300—all of them are visually magnificent, but just fall flat when it comes to the actual storytelling. I enjoyed Man of Steel more than I have some of his other films, but I still wouldn’t go so far as to call it a GOOD movie.
Maybe I’ll eventually eat my words. Maybe Ben will blow us all out of the water with his fresh and fascinating new take on Batman. But I (and probably everyone else out there) will remain skeptical until I see it—even if it means maintaining the aforementioned skepticism for two long years.
Production for Man of Steel is set to begin in Toronto in 2014; the film will hit cinemas sometime in 2015.
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Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s senior editor.
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