Ben Affleck has already been a superhero once but for Affleck that was a different career and a decade ago. This new Affleck, the one who starred in Hollywoodland and directed two highly loved movies in The Town and Argo, has been thrilling critics and audiences who were all in on hating anything he did. You have to remember he used to be a regular on the covers tabloids and even more known for his series of poor movie roles. Including one that has become synonymous with bad movies, Gigli. Now the new Ben Affleck will dawn a new role in his career, that of Batman in the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman film.
Many men have tried on the dark cape and I'd say only half really embodied the character into an iconic and memorable performance. For some it would go on to stifle and sometimes destroy their careers while others seemed to be able to distance themselves from the role. The Affleck from ten years ago, the one the internet seems to only remember, would have been the worst choice for this role. He was too young, too cocky, too brash, and too eager to leave his mark as anyone and anything. The Affleck of today seems more learned and perhaps even wise when choosing his next project. I've read in interviews how unhappy he became when his life was foretold on tabloids and no matter his next move it was discussed and dissected before making it.
So is Affleck ready to be Bruce Wayne? Typically Wayne is a younger (usually portrayed in movies in his young 30's) and overly confident playboy living life as anyone would with all the money in the world and none of the worries. But what about as Batman? A younger Affleck may have had trouble portraying a man driven to near madness at the death of his parents. Only seeking out vengeance on the very idea of crime stopping short of killing to clean up the streets. Batman is usually a subtle detective not a butt kicking, barrel chested super man.
Ben Affleck is a great choice for the role. He's at the right age and seems to have the right temperament. Zack Snyder, the director of Batman Vs. Superman, has said his Batman will be a "re-imagined" one. So the role is almost open for a new take and attitude to the character especially in a world inhabited by Superman.