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Meet Your New Batman

By TK | Trade News | August 22, 2013 | Comments ()


Yup. Ben Affleck will be Batman in the upcoming David Goyer-scripted, Zack Snyder-directed Superman Vs. Batman film.

“We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular super heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some,” said WB’s president of production Greg Silverman. “His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character.”

I’m not even gonna comment. I’m just pulling the pin, tossing the grenade in, and then slamming the door. I will, however, also leave you with this:

(Via The Wrap)

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • denesteak

    i came over here to see what all the fuss was about, and boom, there's the clip. (What a shitty, shitty movie.) And all I can think is, "Man, that's some serious street harassment shit."

  • Adam C

    I like Daredevil mainly because of Affleck's performance as Matt Murdock.

  • Lauren_Lauren

    He has the right chin for the cowl.

    That's as positive as I will get.

  • Guest

    oh come on guys have some faith, do I have to remember this....

  • Guest

    Oh come on , hace some faith , its heath ledger casting all over again , do I have to remember you this

  • dr_zayaz

    I would have preferred him as drunk Superman again.

  • Mr. E

    Viggo Mortenson would've been perfect. That is all.

  • Meli_V

    I like Affleck, but not for Batman. I'm even less interested in this film than I was before the news. Cavill and Affleck facing off on the big screen simply isn't exciting, but that's just me.

  • Captain D

    This will certainly be a crowd pleaser the first time Superman punches him in the face. Following that logic, however, they could probably boost their ticket sales substantially by recasting Vincent Kartheiser in the role.

  • Helo

    I'm willing to hear this out, pending a trailer.

    I'd be more confident if Affleck's performance was in the hands of a more actor-friendly director.

  • Welldressed

    My sister and I were discussing this earlier and asked: If you don't want Affleck as Batman, who would you cast? We decided Jon Hamm, Daniel Dae Kim and Idris Elba were our three top picks.

  • hater from Siloam springs

    Let's at least admit that Affleck has improved with age.

    However, he's no Val Kilmer.


  • VohaulsRevenge

    Boatsword, please.

  • carrie

    Goyer+Snyder+Affleck+Cavill= huge hangover

  • BAM

    On the glass half full side, maybe this will be like a Chris Evans type of second chance at playing a superhero for him? Because Chris Evans was pretty much ridiculed for being in the Fantastic Four movies, but now he is the best Captain America ever, so...? Maybe? Maybe a little bit?

  • I like your brand of optimism and would like a glass of whatever bottle it came out of.

  • Mrs. Julien


  • Christian

    He must have killed the audition?

  • ccmom

    This fills me with all kinds of rage. NO. NO. NO.

  • Jim

    Wait wait wait wait ... the most important detail is ... Will the suit have nipples?

  • kirbyjay

    Did she say her name was Electra Nachos? Sorry, I don't want superhero movies

  • Fabius_Maximus

    It's Natchios. She's greek.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    What Superman vs. Batman movie? There will be no such thing as a Superman vs. Batman movie.

    There also will be no Justice League movie. What're you talking about?

  • Conor

    Affleck just shit in The Internet's cereal.


  • Maddy

    Does no one remember the ridicuous mess that was Daredevil???? Affleck should stick to directing AHHH

  • piedlourde

    I am not a happy camper.

  • Stephen

    What I'm really hoping for is that they cast Nick Cage opposite as Superman. Then we'll get another round of "Snakes on a Plane" level internet hype for the upcoming shitfest.

  • If we're getting the Affleck from The Town and Argo I'm optimistic. Even then, pulling off Batman will probably be as much about the script as Affleck's ability (see Clooney in Batman and Robin).

  • Watch

    I disbelieve!

  • Jezzer

    I sure hope a bunch of people go off half-cocked in the comments and condemn a performance that hasn't even been filmed yet!

  • jM

    I can't wait until he tells Supes that he's putting this whole town in his Batmobile reahview.

    And I'm sorry, in that clip above, did she say her name is Elektra Nachos? Because, dammit, now I want nachos.

  • kirbyjay

    That's what I thought. Elektra Nachos.

  • CosmoNewanda

    Worst Batman ever! Forget Bat Nipples! I predict Bat Moose Knuckle.

  • Pants-are-a-must


  • Man, that clip was way worse than I remember, but I do love me some Alias-era Garner.

    PS - And, for my snarky contribution: This was Affleck's master plan! He doesn't really like directing. He just wanted his Movie Star (tm) status back. Cue gratuitous shirtless scene in 3...2...

  • No thanks.

  • DominaNefret

    Umm, do you guys really think that Ben Affleck being cast as Batman could possibly make this movie worse than Man of Steel?
    I'm calling this a win.

  • Matt P

    Breaking News!! They are also putting nips on the batsuit again!!

  • TheAggroCraig

    I will reluctantly wait until I see some footage or at least set photos before I succumb to my considerable rage.

  • Ryan Ambrose

    That's a typo in the headline, TK.

    You meant Casey Affleck, the talented one, instead of Ben.

    Dude, seriously, you almost gave me a heart attack.

    Huh, as if Ben Affleck could play Batman, can you imagine that?

    *Reads the comments*

    Oh, fuck...

  • KaGe

    Oh my god I totally forgot about the boob jiggle in that scene

  • Abe Froman

    I'm excited for Affleck as Batman if for no other reason than hearing the Bat-voice with a Boston accent.


    "My mother warned me about getting into cars with strange men."

    "I swear to God!"

  • Adam C

    Actually, Gotham was based on Boston not New York...

  • Kobie

    Well done.

  • zeke_the_pig

    Coffee. Keyboard. New. Needed. You owe.

  • BWeaves


  • Kate at June



  • Appwitch

    People also lost their minds when Heath Ledger was cast as Joker. Most didn't think it was a good idea. For example:

    So, we'll see...

  • Appwitch

    So I didn't check the date and it's an April 1 link--it's late and I have the dumb--but others folks WERE ticked at the time.

  • Dennis Albert Ramirez

    yeah, and i was one of them until they released the first image of ledger as the joker with all the heavy shadows, and of course the movie made me eat a lot of crow.

    this time, i actually have a higher opinion of affleck right off the bat. he's a good actor when he wants to be, and his career as a director has been great.

    i'd still have rather'd Josh Brolin get the role, but I'll give Affleck the benefit of the doubt

  • Can we all agree, on a "The Phantom Menace" level, how terrible "Man of Steel" really was? PLEASE?!

  • Jerce

    You know, I've never seen a single frame of Daredevil before now.

    Can anyone tell me why the music is so fucking shitty? I know it's a well-known bomb and all...But that is some of the shit-assiest movie music that I have ever HEARD.

    Maybe it wouldn't suck quite so hard if the music wasn't so...

    Nah. Never mind.

    I don't hate Affleck. He can act good. Sometimes. Bale will be a hard act to follow. Remember how butthurt so many people got when Daniel Craig was announced as the new James Bond?

    Just sayin'.

  • basse buus

    Yes the music is bad, but I think the worst part of it, is that DD has a bathtub/bed/watertank situation going on.

  • cgthegeek

    The music is shitty because Daredevil is blind.

  • cgthegeek

    I reject your aggression.

  • Well, that didn't take long.

    Um, you people do realize there was a time when Michael "Mr. Mom" Keaton was Batman, TWICE, and people actually missed him in the role, right? And of all the bad movies Affleck gets shit for, he isn't really the main problems with them, if we are being honest with ourselves.

    Really, if not for Cavill being cast already, I think Affleck would be a better Superman than Batman. He is way more boyscout than brooder.

    And Affleck as Batman is nowhere near as frightening a thought as Goyer writing it.

  • Bananapanda

    Affleck already played Superman. In Hollywoodland.

  • Josh

    Goyer usually comes up trumps when it comes to writing, seeing as how he co-wrote the Dark Knight Trilogy. I loved the first two Blades and He wrote both of them. Granted he wrote the third too, but he directed it as well. He is a horrible director, but a good writer.

  • Goyer also had good directors on some of those (Del Toro on Blade II, Nolan on TDK trilogy). And they still had really silly parts. Not so much with Snyder (Man of Steel). He is really a mixed bag to me.

    So yeah, Affleck isn't my first choice for Batman, but I really don't know which Goyer we are gonna get: Dark City Goyer or Jumper Goyer.

    Snyder ain't making me feel so hot either, but he gets more slack because it is clear he focuses more on style than substance, and with a decent script he can shine.

  • I think you're right--Affleck will be the least of this movie's problems.

  • L.O.V.E.

    This sucks, if only because it makes it that less likely that my Ambiguously Gay Duo (played by Affleck and Damon, naturally) vs. Bluntman & Chronic fan-fiction will ever make it to the big screen.

  • Sean

    Batman does not have Affleck's whinny voice. And we all saw Daredevil. And I actually like Ben Aflfeck.

  • DarthBetty

    Thank you! People do not get what I'm saying when I tell them Affleck is going to have to totally change his voice.

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  • Michelle

    Thank you for this. I just sent this to my coworkers.

  • **I AM** NotTheOne

    Why do you despise joy?

  • Finance_Nerd

    Maybe they're doing it like the Adam West 60's style Batman?
    They could have Matt Damon as Robin, Jimmy Kimmel as the Joker and Patton Oswald as the Penguin. I'd love to see them walking up (ahem), climbing a rope up the side of a building.

  • mairimba

    Patton Oswald as the Penguin just fucking blew my mind! That has to happen!

  • NO.

  • jthomas666

    I do hope they go all in and bring back the nipples on the Batsuit.

  • Az

    Those boots Garner is wearing are fantastic! And Ben. Benny-boo-boo-boo. Hubris remains your downfall. Know your limits. He will never learn though, will he? You don't see Matty Damon playing the Joker...

  • Wrestling Fan

    He rocked it as Daredevil (no really, check out the director's cut), so at least he has a history with super hero movies.

  • NynjaSquirrel

    The only way the director's cut could improve Daredevil was if they cut all of Affleck's parts and simply replaced them with cat videos.

  • foolsage

    The director's cut was considerably better in almost every regard than the original release. It's worth checking out.

  • Dave Dorris

    Agreed. The only thing wrong with the Director's cut was that it contained more words from the horrible script. But Affleck (and Garner) were the least of the problems.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Hey. Hey. Did you guys hear how Affleck was the bomb in Phantoms, yo?

    Because I wasn't sure if you knew. So I thought I'd mention it. In case you were unaware. Like, maybe you were in a coma during the 90s and early aughts. Or never got high. Whatever.

  • Michelle

    Hahaha, this. I've only been in my office for about 30 minutes so far and I've already heard that twice. To which I replied "he has grown into being a really good director, so maybe we can stop using that joke now?"

  • Meh

    My reaction upon seeing the header photo and headline:

    What? No. No way.

    *reads article*

    What? No. No way.

  • emmalita

    I'd forgotten Daredevil was that painful. But, I can see why they have three kids. I'm ignoring that other thing. If I ignore it, it will go away.

  • He has the chin.

    Other than that? Nope. I'm just gonna laugh whenever I hear news about this hot mess. Because, really.

  • Samantha Klein

    I...what? The fuck you say. I really don't think this is a good idea.

  • the_wakeful

    On the other hand, I'd already decided not to watch this movie, so I shouldn't have an opinion one way or the other.

  • DataAngel

    Me too. I didn't even bother with Superman. I'm not even sure how I feel about another Avengers movie.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    You mean... directing the new Batman, correct? You couldn't... I mean, obviously you don't mean he's going to be Batman. Nothing against Affleck (seriously, nothing), but even all fake scarred up as Matt Murdock he was too pretty for the Dark Knight. Even liberal application of-- I wanna say Evanescence?-- couldn't make him dark and broody enough, and Daredevil is a happy-go-lucky tale of a well-adjusted legal prodigy compared to The Goddamn Batman.

    So yeah. You clearly meant he's directing a new Batman. Because how could you possibly, in the real world, mean anything at all else? That'd be insane. Almost as insane as Bruce Wayne is if he didn't get go out at night dressed like a bat to beat the living shit out of people.

  • **I AM** NotTheOne

    Clooney was pretty. And that happened.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    And everyone agreed it was terrible and, in this brave new world of the 21st century, agreed never to do it again and to instead cast people who play psychopaths and regularly lose significant fractions of their body weight in abject defiance of medical advice and logic.

    I thought everyone had agreed that was the absolute bare minimum requirement for a guy to be crazy enough to pretend to be crazy enough to be Batman.

    I mean fuck, even with all JGL's shortcomings in the role, I would still consider him fundamentally crazy enough (or potentially so) as a performer to do it. Affleck? Got kinda fat once to play George Reeves.

  • **I AM** NotTheOne

    Yeah. JGL is looking awfully good all of a sudden.

  • EthanLutske

    I understand why WB would do this. Why the fark would Affleck agree to this. First, there's no way he needs the money. Secondly, he could DIRECT the next Batman movie, with full creative control, and probably make more money.

  • MarTeaNi

    For the same reason Clooney agreed to be Batman. No one is going to be "the guy who turned down Batman."

  • Batman

    Do you want to direct Batman or be Batman?

  • Michelle

    With the last Batman trilogy still fresh in everyone's minds - I think I'd rather be Nolan than Bale, honestly.

  • kirbyjay

    I thought Kramer was Batman

  • $65530708

    April 1st isn't for another 8 months TK.

    They've Clooney-ed it.

  • $65530708

    On the plus side Jon Hamm can still play Lex Luthor.

    WB, you could have had Motherf*cking KARL URBAN as Batman (and my money) and you chose Affleck (and threw my money away)?

  • foolsage

    Brian Cranston as Lex Luthor, please. Accept no substitutes.

  • $65530708

    No... if they were gonna to do an older Bat it should have been Cranston with Nightwing in tow.

  • MichaelAndTheArgonauts

    Karl Urban was the right choice. He chin-acts better than anyone else I've seen. See Dredd. Masterclass in chin-acting.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    That's tough acting, chin-acting.

  • Guest

    You're overreacting. He was the bomb in Phantoms, yo.

  • MikeRoorda

    Well that sucks a rusty bucket full of diseased donkey dicks.

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