Batfleck Revealed! (or, maybe I was wrong to hate…)

First look at Ben Affleck as Batman in Man of Steel 2. Photo credit: Zack Snyder
First look at Ben Affleck as Batman in Man of Steel 2. Photo credit: Zack Snyder

Just a few hours ago, Zack Snyder (director of Man of Steel and its upcoming sequel which will feature cameo appearances by Every DC Superhero You’ve Ever Heard Of) tweeted out this first look at Ben Affleck as Batman. Readers will remember that I had some pretty choice words over at The Nerds of Color in response to early casting news that Gigli was going to be our next Bruce Wayne.

Last August, I wrote:

Upon hearing the news last night, I spent the rest of the evening in a stroke-induced mini-coma. I’ve recovered enough by this morning to move past the incoherent sputtering stage to offer my two cents.

My main concern with Ben freakin‘ Affleck being Batman is that we’re really not too sure which of the Two Faces of Affleck we’ll be getting. On the one hand, we’ve got the Ben Affleck of Argo and The Town, two serious and compelling roles that could easily be described with the words “tour de force” somewhere in the same sentence. In particular, I was blown away by Affleck’s performance in Argo, which single-handedly convinced me that Affleck had at least a teaspoon of talent in there somewhere (possibly tucked away in that over-sized jaw). When armed with a phenomenal script, Affleck is apparently capable of gravitas, which is cause for some optimism.

But then, there’s the Other Face of Ben Affleck. There’s Crappy-Movie-Bonanza-Ben freakin’ Affleck.

Okay, so I take it all back. Kind of.

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