So the scuttlebutt of the day, has got the internet completely riled up and once again, DC is right in the middle of it. During the second day of Comic-Con International at San Diego 2017, The Hollywood Reporter broke a story reporting that Warner Bros. is quietly going to push Ben Affleck aside from the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman.  Now, of course the DC White Knight brigade was very quick to point out that this is unconfirmed, which is true.  However, whether it comes to be true or not, the fact of the matter is that Ben Affleck should NEVER have been Batman in the first place.

Affleck Was Doomed From The Start

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Please don’t misunderstand me.  In no way, shape or form, am I saying the Affleck is at fault here.  In fact, when he was first cast I thought he was great for the role. Something that one could verify for themselves in last year’s controversial Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  Affleck owned the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman that few have yet to do.  His acumen as an actor has never been in question, even in the role of Matt Murdock/Daredevil all those years ago.  Ben Affleck has a different problem…he’s simply too old!  Ben Affleck is 44.  His co-stars in the Justice League are all 10 years or younger than he is.  So while this was in no way something Affleck could overcome, better foresight from Warner Bros. in the beginning would have avoided all of this from coming about.

Warner Bros. Should Blame Themselves

It would be far too easy to lay this at the feet of Zack Snyder, the embattled director/leader of the DCEU.  However, he’s got his own issues to deal with.  No, the fault lies with Warner Bros. themselves, who empowered the Snyder/Goyer team to lead them down this path.  It began when they somehow thought it’d be a brilliant idea to have their newly re-christened cinematic Superman meet a Batman who had been around the block for quite some time.  It festered when they also tried to cram two or three of the most popular Batman and Superman tales from the 75 year history of DC Comics into one mish-mash movie.  Batman v Superman should never have happened.  Not in the form that it took.  It was seemingly soulless, and devoid of any hope whatsoever.  It had cool moments sure, but it was a mess from top-to-bottom.  An extended version barely made it better.

Warner Bros. simply backed the wrong horse and let him run wild.  Letting Snyder, a man whose cinematic chops are well deserved, but his story-weaving leaves much to be desired.  Snyder doesn’t know how to put butts in the seats!  This is a man who has only had 3 films gross over 125 million dollars…WORLDWIDE.  They gave him the keys to the kingdom, and entrusted him with it all even though Man of Steel wasn’t that well received.  They were desperate, and it bit them in the ass.

Now What?

According to that unconfirmed report, the role of Batman will be recast and somehow mentioned in the story.  Some speculate that the showdown with Darkseid will somehow lead to a Final Crisis-type situation where Bruce will die and be reborn somehow.  That’s one way to fix the problem.  Until it happens, I would imagine we won’t hear another peep about it.  However, we probably shouldn’t dismiss this outright. The fact remains that the Hollywood Reporter is the leading industry insider publication.  They wouldn’t publish a story this wild and speculatory if there weren’t some level of truth to it happening.  I loved Ben Affleck as Batman.  He was one of the best things in a mess of a movie…but he still should NEVER have been Batman.  That’s all on Warner Bros.


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39 thoughts on “Rumor or Not, Ben Affleck Should Never Have Been Batman”

  1. Lena Sith correct


  3. Lena Sith Lena Sith says:

    Shaun Manning I get your point about Bruce/Batman being old but these articles are alluding to it’s because Ben is old which imo is BS. Technology and makeup have been keeping folks pretty young in movies

  4. Yea it’s more of the characters age that’s the problem meaning to me he’s not gonna be there that long and everyone else will still be going strong while he’s declining. It’s not a comic or cartoon where they can kinda get away with it. They should have made it like the other heroes have been around as long as Batman but never met.

  5. I think he looks like a confused kid in his mask.

  6. Again Jackman has been wolverine. They also made Kirk Russel look young also. I didn’t say 44 was too old. I said they made batman/Bruce too old. But might as well burn it down and do it right.

  7. I still stand by 44 not being old though.

  8. Yeah, but Jackman also played the bad ass clone in Logan who did not look old btw. It’s called makeup.

  9. But yes that back and forth isn’t good for the body. Especially if that’s not something he’s been used to. Lord knows what he’s been taking.

  10. Could be pR but that movie don’t drop for awhile. I think it’s all on Warner. He had a great idea and they wb’d the situation. New guy comes into and is like damn everyone young and the only human is old. Welp he’s gotta go. Fucking nolan

  11. Porter Dave Porter Dave says:

    It is when in real life keeping that type of training is hard at his age. He has to change his body weight for different roles. Shaun Manning would you tell them how hard it is ar his age to keep transforming his body to stay in shape. I haven’t even touched on the fact he lost his wife and kidd aren’t around that’s a lot on his mind why he started drinking heavy. He did it to himself but he isn’t all there. I still think it’s more PR for something like this to break at SDCC of all places.

  12. There is only one way to settle this situation and make everything better. MARTHA!!!!!!!

  13. What a load of shit. Fuck this article for being a piece of shit.

    1. Harsh. But since “Kenshiro” is usually an asswhole to me. . . I’ll look the other way. LOL

    2. Kenan Cross Kenan Cross says:

      A load of shit how? Because you disagree with the premise? Because its exactly what Warner Bros. is saying? Because..maybe you were one of the few that liked everything about BvS? I mean…this isn’t coming out of someone’s ass. Its from the same reporter that broke the story of Josh Trank before he got fired from F4 and someone who has stellar journalistic integrity…not liking it doesn’t mean it can’t be true.

    3. Kenan Cross Kenan Cross says:

      btw Andre..if you’re going to spell asshole…spell it right.

    4. Either way fits for you, Kenan Cross.

  14. He was a good Batman. He easily has another 6+ years in the role if he wanted. 44 is old to be in costume?

    1. Jimbo Ice Jimbo Ice says:

      I’m sayin

      Great cast, horrible writing

    2. Right? Like they don’t just sew the muscles in anyway lol

  15. Jimbo Ice Jimbo Ice says:

    Affleck is age appropriate, and ready for a renaissance role. Robert Downey Jr wasn’t terribly older. It’s merely the old Batman decision. Affleck with all the cosmetics and digital tech could easily play Batman in 5+ films over a decade. Its merely the stupid old Batman decision

  16. Bill Walker Bill Walker says:

    Hw was dope though but the whole “older Batman” angle…eh.
    Ben >>>>>> Bale though lol.

  17. Elle Gomez Elle Gomez says:

    I loved Ben as Batman and to be honest it would be weird to change him now. I say let it roll until he can’t go anymore.

  18. Ben was a much more convincing ass kicking middle aged version of Bruce Wayne than anything Bale ever did with the character

  19. He is 44 and in great shape. Michael keaton is pushing 70 and his age hasn’t negatively impacted any of his roles

  20. i odnt see the problem. iron man 52 lol also, will be be doing his own stunts? i mean come on. frfr

  21. Kenan Cross Kenan Cross says:

    But… he’s 44.

    That is a factor. In fact it’s THE factor to WB (and myself)

    1. Huge Hackman is 48:

  22. He has the acting potential the star power and the looks

  23. Wes Simpson Wes Simpson says:

    After a series of small and skinny men in the role Affleck was the one actor who looked like the character. It’s true the movie stunk but he wasn’t bad.

  24. Ben aflek was the perfect choice, and he went on to deliver the best live action Batman to date

    1. That he did. What if he had been 10 years younger tho? How much more of that could we have gotten? As it stands…we won’t get much more.

    2. Ford is still doing Indiana Jones, and RDJ is roughly the same age at Affleck. I think we’ll have plenty from him in the coming years. Worse comes to worst, Dick Greyson gets introduced and becomes Nightwing, or Batman Beyond happens.

    3. Here’s why that will never happen. The same reason that Peter Parker isn’t supplanted as Spider-Man; Bruce Wayne is synonymous with the role. You’re thinking with the mind of a comic book fan that has more than cursory knowledge. Movies of this nature will always pander to the general populace. Who has ALWAYS been Batman in over 12 iterations, spanning over 50 years? Bruce Wayne. That is who it will stay being. Replacing him would be a huge risk, and with no prior appearance of Dick Grayson and establishing him as Nightwing, it’s foolish to think a risk-averse company such as Warner Bros. Would EVER care messing with their golden egg in such a fashion.

  25. Wael Gharbie Wael Gharbie says:

    Matt Damon would’ve been better.

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