Michael Keaton as Batman
The first big screen Batman actor was primarily a comedic actor, starring in films such as Mr. Mom, Beetlejuice, the fan reaction to Keaton’s casting as Batman was less than pleasant. Fans wrote over 50,000 letters to Warner Brothers in protest. But Keaton’s Batman (while not perfect) still proved to be a slam-dunk for the studio and fans alike as the best big screen Batman before Christian Bale.
Hugh Jackman as Wolverine
Yup. The Australian Musical actor was actually a backup casting decision after Dougray Scott backed out of the project. But to say that Jackman worked out as the Marvel icon is putting it lightly.
Heath Ledger as Joker
Ledger was fresh off of Brokeback Mountain success and audiences were puzzled by his casting to say the least. People had little to no faith in Ledger’s chops, especially doubting his ability to pull off the sinister and edgy nature of the Joker. And Leger went on to win awards post mortem for his incredible performance.
Anne Hathaway as Catwoman
The Princess Diaries as Catwoman? Can’t tell you how many times I had to have this discussion with people who thought Hathaway would be a terrible Selina Kyle. Doubting her chops as an actress and as a badass, despite quality performances in Get Smart, and Love, and Other Drugs. And yet, she proved to be one of the best parts of Dark Knight Rises.
Chris Evans as Captain America
"The Human Torch as Captain America? That could never possibly work! How can we take him seriously?" That was what the naysayers said who doubted Evans could pull off anything other than the arrogant hot-head character. And yet Chris Evans more than embodied the humble, kind hearted Brooklyn boy that Steve Rogers is and is one of the best cast parts of the Avengers franchise.
Robert Downey Jr as Iron Man
That’s right ladies and gentlemen of the Internet, the most perfectly cast actor-character decision in Hollywood possibly ever, had its fair share of doubters. Pre-Iron Man, the early 40 something RDJ was not the most dependable actor in Hollywood but that same playboy tragic celebrity history was exactly the thing that made Downey a fantastic Tony Stark.
So, the point of this list? Let’s not freak out about Ben Affleck because he played Daredevil in a terrible movie 10 years ago. He’s an Oscar winning Actor/Director. And as evidenced by this list, you don’t need to have the resume or the personality that embodies a character to play the character. So let’s wait for the movie before we cry?
My thoughts: I like it.
Unlike the rest of tumblr that seems to be having a meltdown, I think it’s a pretty good choice. Ben Affleck is a relatively high profile actor, who cleaned up at the Oscars this year. After the Town and Argo, Affleck has proved that his days of Daredevil and other box office bombs are behind him. He’s a name that the studio can bank on and he’s more than earned his place among the Hollywood A list crowd to get a major studio role.
Visually, I think he can work. My top pick was Scott Adkins, who looks a lot like Affleck. It goes without saying that the stuido is going to get him in the shape he needs to be, and he’ll obviously do his research into the character since it’s such a high profile role. The best part of Man of Steel was Henry Cavill’s performance as embodying Clark Kent, so I think we’ll be safe. At least with Affleck.
Plus a high profile and talented director could give Snyder and Goyer some help where they need it most.
EDIT: Also, Michael Keaton was primarily a comedy actor who was cast as Batman and everyone was pissed for Batman and Batman Returns and that worked out. And everyone was pissed about Heath Ledger’s casting and that worked out. Actors are actors, their job is to become another person.
So I approve of Affleck. Your thoughts?
This is the most relatable post in regards to Affleck/Batman that I have seen on my dash.
While I may not be jumping for joy, I don’t see the point in all the hate going around.
Daredevil was so long ago and Affleck has grown so much since those days; I mean look at Argo that movie was just breathtaking. He has progressed so much over the years.
Visually he is not a bad choice; I mean he scrubs up nicely and let’s face it there are a lot worse options, a lot of people will just have it in their heads that ‘well he isn’t bale’ and that isn’t the attitude we should be having since this is a reboot of the franchise.
As above, there was the questioning about Ledger and look at how that went, then the same thing happened with tdkr and Hathaway and the amount of crap going around about these actors taking on these roles when no-one had even seen them?
What is so hard about having an open mind? You’re right, it may be awful and bomb but there is just as likely a chance that the total opposite will happen so ffs stop jumping to conclusions and jumping down wb’s throats about this.
My dash is full of Marvel excitement, and then there’s Emma, all on her own, blogging about Batman and Superman. ♥
YOU ALL ENJOY YOUR MARVEL NEWS AND YOUR LOKI. I’LL JUST BE OVER HERE. In my corner. with my supes and bats…. enjoying all the world’s finest……more for me….
God I’m lonely