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People don't seem to like Ben Affleck as Batman for 'Man of Steel' sequel

"I know, Clint, I can't believe they picked me, either! I've learned to stop breathing through my mouth since Chasing Amy, though."

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"I know, Clint, I can't believe they picked me, either! I've learned to stop breathing through my mouth since Chasing Amy, though."



Thank you, West Coast, for announcing sometime around 10 p.m. Eastern on Thursday that Ben Affleck will play Batman in the sequel to Man of Steel. Not only did we have the time to mull that one over, we could again lament that there will be a second Man of Steel.

The Hollywood Reporter revealed Zack Snyder's Superman project will bring Affleck in to star opposite Henry Cavill, a move quickly derided by the social mediasphere. A few petitions have already been started to have Affleck removed -- including one asking people to "calm down and have a cup of tea" -- and even Richard Dreyfuss poked fun at the move on Twitter, writing, "You read for a part, you feel good about it, you feel confident, then they cast Ben Affleck."

Affleck has his own superhero past, starring in the awful 2003 flick Daredevil, which led to his now-wife's even worse Elektra. He also previously played former 1950s Superman George Reeves in 2006's Hollywoodland.

"We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics' most enduringly popular superheroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some," told THR. "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."

Snyder noted that for his Batman, which will be added to the David S. Goyer script, Affleck "has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne."

It doesn't sound quite like Frank Miller's The Dark Knight Returns comic to us, but any DC-reading nerdlinger knows Batman and Superman are as much rivals as they are friends. The Juice* actually thinks Pacific Rim's Charlie Hunnam could pull off a decent Batman, if he had a few more acting lessons. Some Friends of The Juice* also have said Josh Brolin, which could work for an older version.

As it is, Ben is becoming one of the elder statesmen in Hollywood, even if it's more for his directing than his acting. But this is a big deal: With rumors about the upcoming Justice League franchise gaining steam, Ben could potentially be in for a long ride, although THR doesn't even mention that. He has some time to pack on some muscle before the 2015 release date, so cross your fingers for a performance more Argo than Reindeer Games.

[Last modified: Friday, August 23, 2013 1:26pm]


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