I'm really depressed today so I decided I'd blog here about one thing that brings a smile to my face. Thanks in advanced for reading.
I am a huge Superman/Batman fan and with the upcoming shooting schedule starting in February we will for the first time get to see Superman and Batman on screen together. In this article I will prove and disprove opinions and rumors surrounding the film.
Henry Cavill will be the lead again as Superman/Clark Kent. This is a Man of Steel sequel, not just a buddy action flick.
Batman will be played by Ben Affleck. This guy has gotten so much hate but then again so did Micheal Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, and Christian Bale who played Batman, only two of them were successful and only two are considered good (Keaton/Bale).
Affleck was at one time a terrible artist, he starred in so many bad Rom/Coms that it wasn't even funny, yet many overlooked the fact he won an Oscar before he was truly famous for his writing (with co-writer Matt Damon who is also now successful) in Good Will Hunting.
Affleck recently won an another Oscar for being a producer on his directed Argo. Which is one of the best films in the last 15 years, and probably the best "Best Picture" winner since Gladiator. So in turn Affleck has gotten behind the camera as a director, producer, and writer and now has successfully restored his image, and at the same time acted in top bill in his two back to back critically acclimed movies (The Town/Argo) both in which he wrote and or directed or both.
Having said that he will play a seasoned/older Batman with experience, most likely a similar Batman from "The Dark Knight Returns" comic book/graphic novel in the late 80s.
It is said his appearance will not be an origin story as most know who Batman is PLUS this is a veteran Batman (remember Affleck is 40+....I think he'll be like 44 by the time this comes out so easily the oldest Batman ever cast) they (Zack Snyder) did this for good reason. He wanted a Batman that could question Superman's decisions in Man of Steel (spoilers) like killing General Zod. For those who do not know, Batman isn't a killer, but neither is Superman, but if you watch the movie what he did was a necessity considering the circumstance.
In addition to Batfleck (Affleck's Batman new name, lol) comes a newbie actress to play for the very first time on the big screen.....
WONDER WOMAN. Gal Gadot is her name http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2933757/?ref_=nv_sr_1
Before anyone who loves the character freaks by her petite appearance you should do your homework on the director of this project. Zack Snyder ALWAYS gets his actors/actresses in shape for physical roles, 300, Watchmen, Man of Steel, even Sucker Punch (although he had to keep those women smaller due to continuity). Another fact is Gadot also is a fitness nut who spent 2 years as a sports trainer in IDF. Also it is nice to know that she was cast, because Snyder for me has never miscast a comic book/graphic novel character (Gerard Butler in 300, The entire cast of Watchmen, now Henry Cavill as Superman).
The big trio, WW, Batman, and Superman are the biggest and most well known heroes to ever be written in comic book history and finally fans get to see them on screen together.
Questions remain, how can this be just a Superman film? Answer? Watch Iron Man 2, for better or worse that was still a Iron Man film with additional characters. And I liked it, much more then 3 by a landslide. Also since we do not have a script to Batman vs. Superman. There is no reason to think it will be actually Batman vs. Superman, as that is simply the unofficial casting title used for production info. Also we have to remember that Man of Steel was a huge blockbuster and wouldn't make any sense to make a Batman movie to outshine Henry Cavill's Batman right away.
The rumor is Joaquin Phoenix may play Lex Luthor. Mind you the likely hood of him accepting is slim. This guy is an incredible actor so if he does somehow do it then he'd probably pull another Heath Ledger in the aspect where we might see a villain in a comic book movie get a Oscar win or nomination.
Fact is more likely then not Lex Luthor will be the villain against all three of the big trio. However who will play him is still unconfirmed though I suspect casting will be in the next 2 weeks as filming starts in February.
The other rumor is Superman and his friends will face a second foe in this film, possibly Brianiac ? Who knows?
In short this film should be much more fun to follow and watch then anything Marvel has done simply because we get to see the three biggest and best (in most peoples eyes) superheros on screen TOGETHER.
Now don't get me wrong its ok to be hesitant toward casting but to not be open to the possibilities well you could miss out on a great film with great performances. Personally I cannot see anyone else playing Batman if they are looking for an "older" Batman. I'm easily on Affleck's side on this one.