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jamie austin AMELIA, OH 3 days ago ......I'm tired of people screwing with Batman. It's bad enough that we lost any possibility to experience Ledger's performance of the joker again. Now's not the time to soften Batman's image. The franchise needs stability and movies need to get back to cannon. Affleck just isn't the man for the job. Bale can bring it.
Larry Dent TACOMA, WA 3 days ago......
Ben Affleck will destroy the legacy of Batman. Please bring back Christian Bale.
John Sands EDMOND, OK 3 days ago .....
Batman is serious, tragic, dark and commanding. Even Superman does what Batman says. Ben Affleck absolutely cannot come across as believable in such a role. You will bring Batman to a terrible place requiring someone to come behind you and clean up your mess. I'm a diehard fan but will in no way pay to watch this film. Shame for letting us all down. You need Bale or some new actor that hasn't been over exposed. Ben Affleck is not believable in anything because of all the exposure he is more of a reality star now.
Source: USA Today (Emphasis Added)
Peter Sciretta, editor-in-chief of the movie site slashfilm.com, thinks it's telling that Snyder chose a 41-year-old for his Batman. Chances are the character will be much different from the one in the Christopher Nolan and Tim Burton movies, Sciretta says, and Affleck could thrive in the role of an older, more conflicted vigilante millionaire.
"In Man of Steel, Superman was so careless in that final battle, letting much of Metropolis end in ruin, allowing so many civilian casualties," Sciretta says. "The fate of Metropolis was a big problem a lot of fans had with the film, and I expect that that destruction will be a huge part of why Batman will be hunting down Superman in this next film."
Mel Gibson, Alec Baldwin, Bill Murray, Charlie Sheen and Pierce Brosnan were all rumoured to be on Warner Bros’ shortlist for the title role, although Jack Nicholson’s casting as The Joker meant that the studio could afford to go with an unknown — after all, it had worked with Christopher Reeve for Superman. Burton had his doubts. “In my mind I kept reading reviews that said, ‘Jack’s terrific, but the unknown as Batman is nothing special,’” he told Mark Salisbury. Neither did he want to cast an obvious action hero — “Why would this big, macho, Arnold Schwarzenegger-type person dress up as a bat for God’s sake?” Finally, it came down to only one choice: Michael Keaton, whom he had just directed in Beetlejuice. “That guy you could see putting on a bat-suit; he does it because he needs to, because he’s not this gigantic, strapping macho man. It’s all about transformation…” observed Burton. “Taking Michael and making him Batman just underscored the whole split personality thing which is really what I think the movie’s all about.”