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    Ben Affleck As Batman: How and Why Revealed


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    It's been several days since the news broke that Ben Affleck will be playing Batman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel. And after many nights of sleeping on it, many of us are still trying to figure out how this decision came about? There are a lot of Chatty Cathy's in Hollywood. "Sources" who are close to the decision makers that like to leak all of the gossip and rumors, and we had heard from a lot of them that there was a laundry list of eligible 40 somethings that were being considered for the role, so how did Ben Affleck completely slip under everyone's radar!? Well, it was a very careful and calculated move by Zack Snyder and the studio. According to some of THR's people, Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling had been approached about taking the role earlier in the year, but both of the actors weren't fans of being a part of a sequel. Snyder also approached Affleck to see if he would be interested, and Affleck's curiosity got the best of him and agreed to meet with Snyder to see what he was planning for the role and the story. And apparently once these two agreed on the direction, that's when discussions really started heating up. But you guys, these talks were so hush-hush that a lot of execs at Warners had no idea they were even happening. Now unless you've been living under a rock, you know that this casting choice has not been received well by fans. A whopping 71 percent of tweets within the first hour of the announcement were all negative. But this doesn't mean people cant and wont have a change of heart. In the past, there have been several other superhero castings that were not met with great applause. Take for instance Michael Keaton, who landed the role of Batman in Tim Burtons 1989 Batman film. Afterwards, Keaton was hailed for his amazing performance and is now a Batman fanboy favorite for many. Also, do you all remember how unhappy people were when Jon Favreau cast Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man? And now how do you feel? But if history wont sell you on this casting, could Joss Whedon?! One of Marvel's favorite directors, has tweeted his complete support and excitement for Affleck as Batman tweeting quote "Affleck'll crush it. He's got the chops, he's got the chin -- just needs the material. Affleck & Cavill toe to toe -- I'm in." And if you still aren't sold, it also may be important to note that this probably wasn't an easy decision for Affleck (who by the way has made AND starred in movies that have won Oscars). I would even venture to say that Snyder had to really sell the actor on this story, and here's why: After Affleck's Daredevil flopped, he openly admitted that that project was not his best work, and that he wasn't interested in playing any more superheroes. He also turned down a chance to direct and star in another Daredevil reboot, and then more recently turned down the opportunity to direct Man Of Steel, when he was approached by Nolan to helm it. So, in order for him to say yes, I would put my money on the fact that Snyder has some amazing plans for our Dark Knight in this sequel. And if the Batman/Superman movie does win audiences over, it sounds like Ben will be sticking around for a while, and the rumor is that he has signed on for multiple movies. And brace yourself for this possibility, this is all speculation....BUT don't be surprised if we also see Affleck helming and starring in a Justice League movie or standalone Batman film down the road. So, now that you all have had some time to let this news sink in, can we give Affleck a fair shot at this? And who out there, like myself, has moved out of a depression and into excitement about this casting? Share all of your confessions with us here, and also make sure you stay connected with us on our Facebook AND Twitter pages. Thanks for watching ClevverMovies everyone. Im Erin White, and Ill see you next time.