Monday, March 2, 2015

Affleck to play Batman? Impossible! He's already Daredevil.

Warner Bros. announces Ben Affleck as the new Dark Knight, aka Bruce Wayne, for Zack Snyder's July, 2015, Batty reboot. How can that be??!!... he's Daredevil, aka, Matt Murdock, the blind Marvel superhero.

Affleck to play Batman? Impossible! He’s already Daredevil.

Affleck played Marvel Comic´s superhero "Daredevil" in the eponymous 2003 film.
Affleck played Marvel Comic's superhero "Daredevil" in the eponymous 2003 film. Twentieth Century Fox

Warner Bros. rocked the comic book universe today with its announcement that Ben Affleck has been cast to play Batman, aka Bruce Wayne, Gotham City’s cowled crusader, in Zack Snyder’s planned Batty reboot – and planned Batty team-up with Henry Cavill’s Superman.  The new film, which will pair the most popular and long-running DC Comic book characters, will also bring back Cavill’s Man of Steel castmates: Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

But wait, we’re terribly, terribly confused! How can Affleck be Batman, the Dark Knight? In 2003, the actor donned a deep-red superhero suit, playing Marvel Comics’ blind crime buster, Daredevil, aka Matt Murdock, in the Mark Steven Johnson-directed adaptation of the long-running Stan Lee-created comic. Affleck’s Daredevil co-stars: his bride-to-be Jennifer Garner, and Colin Farrell  as the super-baddie, Bullseye. So, not only is Affleck abandoning New York City, where Daredevil brooded and busted up mugs, goons and crazed supervillains, he’s jumping from Marvel Comics to DC. This is like crossing over into another dimension, isn’t it?

Meanwhile, a new Daredevil project is in development at Disney, where Marvel Studios is housed. Casting? What about Affleck’s old bud Matt Damon, or failing that, um, Casey Affleck?

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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Steven Rea has been an Inquirer movie critic since 1992. He was born in London, raised in New York City, and has lived in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Iowa City, Iowa. His column, "On Movies," appears Sundays in Arts & Entertainment, his reviews appear in the Weekend section on Fridays, and his blog, On Movies Online, can be found here. He is a member of the National Society of Film Critics.

Steven Rea's previous blog posts can be found here. Read his most recent columns and reviews, here. He is the author of the book “Hollywood Rides a Bike,” and also curates the movie stars and bicycling photo blog, Rides A Bike.

Steven Rea Inquirer Movie Columnist and Critic
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