In an official press release from Warner Bros. studio, producer Greg Silverman expressed his confidence in Affleck’s ability to step into the fan-favorite role as well as explore new elements of Batman/Bruce Wayne:
“We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some. 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.” “We are so thrilled that Ben is continuing Warner Bros.’ remarkable legacy with the character of Batman. He is a tremendously gifted actor who will make this role his own in this already much-anticipated pairing of these two beloved heroes.”
It is sometimes easy to forget that, while Christian Bale is certainly the most recent (and arguably one of the best) actors to wear the Batsuit, the part has attracted a long list of A-Listers and cult favorites over the years, including Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, and George Clooney on the big screen, Adam West, Robert Lowrey, and Lewis G. Wilson for TV, along with voice-work from Kevin Conroy (and many others).
Still, it’s easy to understand why certain fans are having a hard time picturing Affleck in the role; but, at least in some cases, that might be because we’re trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. Christian Bale was great for Nolan’s trilogy and he put his stamp on the role. Though, this is a new take on the character (set in Snyder’s Superman world) and, as a result, there’s also reason to be optimistic that Affleck can deliver a “layered portrayal” – delivering a Batman that is just as good, albeit admittedly different, than the most recent installment.
The sequel to “Man of Steel” goes into production next year for a July 17, 2015 release also starring Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.