Originally Posted by smudge981
I think we're all going down the wrong road with this one. It isn't "Well, Affleck IS intelligent. Just look what he did in Argo. He'd do well in Superman and Batman." It's more like "Christian Bale already set the bar high as to what we accept. Can Affleck equal or top that?"
It's like saying "Jason Momoa looks like he's got the chops and beefcake. Just look what he did in Game of Thrones. He'll do well in Conan the Barbarian."
The writers certainly can't mimick what was already done in Christian Bale's "Batman." They either re-image and roll the dice or pack it in. Affleck alone won't help carry it.
I respectfully disagree to an extent. I do agree that Bale, and Nolan for that matter, set the bar pretty high based on what a large percentage of us wanted or at least were ready for. But to me, It's not about whether Affleck can come close or better the prior. That's always the expectation of a film regardless of who's in it or how it's portrayed. There is nothing about MoS that feels anything like Nolan's Batman as far as I'm concerned. With the way MoS was introduced and portrayed, it rendered Nolan's Batman "obsolete" so to speak. It requires a new version that better matches the universe in which MoS exists. Ok, enter new actor to create/carry this new Batman and tell this new story, in this case Ben Affleck. He's new. But is he Batman (Bruce Wayne)?
At this point, it's very difficult for me to see him play off of Cavill and MoS as it's been portrayed. I only say this based on the work that I've seen him do so far with a little bit injected from interviews on the Tonight Show or something. I look at Affleck and I don't see a billionaire, I don't see a playboy (not in a Bruce Wayne way anyway), I don't see extremely high intelligence and I don't see an ass kicker, even one that can do so hiding behind his Bat-Toys. I don't even see Daredevil to be honest with you. I see that guy standing on the ocean drill in Armageddon. I'm not saying he can't. I'm just saying I don't see these things...that is to say I don't see Batman/Bruce Wayne. Secondly, I don't see these (lack of) things paring off with the MoS universe. All of this has nothing to do with Bale/Nolan's Batman.
Now I read something earlier today that I thought was intriguing but not sure yet (if true) if it's to the good or detriment of the DC future. Supposedly Affleck was signed on for a multi picture deal, which isn't unexpected or uncommon. But I believe I read that it was a six picture deal. But there is speculation that his involvement includes his ability to write and direct the Justice League movie(s). If true, this opens up a whole new dynamic to this saga.