Thursday, April 18, 2024

Ben Affleck, Once Daredevil, Now Will Play Batman


Ben Affleck has been anointed the new Batman. He succeeds Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne in the upcoming Batman-Superman movie. Henry Cavill continues from “Man of Steel” as Clark Kent. This isn’t Affleck’s first comic book hero. He played “Daredevil” years ago in a film that, like so many of his early 2000s offerings, was a bust. Affleck is a bit of a surprise to play Bruce Wayne, but there’s no doubt that his now steady association with Warner Bros. didn’t hurt. After all. Affleck brought WB an unlikely Best Picture Oscar for “Argo” this year. But for most people who thought Joseph Gordon-Levitt would inherit the cowl and cape, this is a twist in the plot. It does seem as though the studio and director Zack Snyder decided to go a little older with Affleck (I can’t believe I’m considering Ben Affleck “older.”) But he’ll make a fine Bruce Wayne, a little more Adam West than Bale. No word yet if Matt Damon will play Robin.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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