The Internet is still reeling from last week’s announcement that Ben Affleck will don Batman’s iconic cowl in a sequel to this summer’s Superman hit Man of Steel. The tsunami of nerd tears and outrage has been legendary (even by Internet standards) in the wake of the announcement, with a reported 71% of the tweets about the casting made in the first hour after it was revealed being negative.
Personally, I’m not that upset about Affleck playing Batman – he can’t possibly be worse than George Clooney or Val Kilmer – and the whole Daredevil comparison isn’t really fair. Daredevil, while a great character, is not Batman, and that film didn’t have the same kind of budget or talent involved as we’re likely to see in this Superman crossover.
No, what really upsets me about the Affleck casting is that it means several of the actor and director’s new films are now being shuffled around.
Affleck will reportedly finish his work on David Fincher’s Gone Girl this fall, but plans to then immediately begin work on his Argo follow-up -- an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s Live by Night – have now been put into limbo.
With Affleck now having to immediately team up with Superman after Gone Girl wraps, it appears as though Live by Night won’t actually shoot until sometime next year – meaning the film, which was supposed to hit theaters in 2014, won’t actually release until 2015 at the earliest.
I say “at the earliest” because part of Affleck’s deal to play the Dark Knight involves him appearing in sequels as well. While there are currently no announced plans to reboot the Batman franchise of stand-alone films for a post-Christopher Nolan era, this would seem to indicate that Affleck will be the World’s Greatest Detective in a potential Justice League movie Warner Bros. and DC have been trying to get off the ground for years. Imagine the amount of nerd tears we’ll all be potentially drowning in when that happens…
[via The Film Stage and THR]