8 Reasons Ben Affleck Is The Best Live-Action Batman

Justice League Ben Affleck BatmanWhen it was first announced that Ben Affleck had been cast as Bruce Wayne / Batman in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, most fans were less-than-thrilled with the decision, with many pointing to the actor’s previous role in the critically lambasted Daredevil film as a prime example of why he was a terrible choice to don the cape and cowl. Once Batman v Superman was finally released in theaters, the divisive film had its fair share of supporters and detractors, though most of them could agree that there was at least one aspect of the film that worked: Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Batman.

While the debate over who is the best actor to portray Batman will undoubtedly continue as long they keep bringing to Caped Crusader to the big screen, here are 8 reasons why some consider Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight to be the greatest live-action depiction of the DC Comics hero to date. Click Next to get started!

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Sebastian Peris

Sebastian Peris

Canadian film lover, comic book geek, political junkie and board game enthusiast.

  • Stubborn Moo

    I agree! I think that Ben Affleck is really great as the Batman! :-)

    • Kate Zhane

      Seriously, how many of these sock puppet accounts are you going to create? This is number 7 for you. Don’t you find all of this just kinda pathetic?

    • DarklingMagick

      Only if you’re too stupid to have read anything other than recent “edgelord” Frank Miller.

      • Papa_Sez

        Recent? You are seriously making me cringe with embarrassment for you. There’s more to Batman than the animated series. There’s almost 80 years worth of comics; try reading a few instead of relying on video games and cartoons to inform your opinion of this complex and multi-faceted character; especially before spouting off about how other people are stupid for not sharing your incredibly limited view of him.

        • That Guy That You Hate To Love

          1. He’s referring to All-Star Batman. Which was fairly recent, albeit, ten years ago. 2. Actually, I saw more people praising DCEU’s take on Batman whose knowledge are limited to games and cartoons. That overrated fight scene in the warehouse is so revered because it is inspired by video games and that is the one thing those people know. When you tell them about things like “The Laughing Fish”, or mention “What’s your favorite Neal Adams drawing?”, they get dumbfounded.

  • V.A.N.

    Bale was better. Bale was more intimidating (Joker interrogation, throwing of the building, “Swear to meeee!:, and more.) Affleck’s Batman never had one scene like that. However, I did admire the stunt double who did the warehouse scene in BvS.

    • Clay Strohman

      Yeah you’re right, not a single interrogation/intimidating scene. Not the intro scene where he was torturing a guy upstairs while the slaves were terrified of him downstairs. And definitely not the one where he showed up ominously to brutally threaten Lex in jail. I just can’t believe they didn’t include even a single scene like the two I just mentioned. Oh and he wasn’t doing duck lips the entire movie so I just couldn’t take him seriously anyway

  • 39steps

    I’m not going to “click next to get started” and will just assume that it’s poorly written clickbait with a false premise.

    • malel

      Hope your life plan of living on assumptions is working out for you. What could possibly go wrong?

  • JGPRIME25

    Also… he has more focus in the trauma stuff.

  • Papa_Sez

    I completely agree. From finally seeing a live-action Batman actually fighting like Batman to his perfectly balanced approach to the portrayal of both Bruce Wayne and Batman (neither was over the top or wrong/inappropriate), Affleck nailed the role like no other. Some of that is due to him as an actor and some of it has to do with the decisions made by the film-makers. Here’s hoping Matt Reeves continues to embrace the character as he is in the source material and doesn’t fall into that ego trap of thinking he knows better than decades of character development.

    • DarklingMagick

      Not really. The branding people alone is the first clue this is nothing even remotely like Batman. But if you’re too stupid to have acutally picked up a comic book other than the Wikipedia page on Frank Miller I understand where your coming from, you poor, deprived soul.

      • Papa_Sez

        You know, it is actually possible to disagree with someone without resorting to being insulting. But if you’re only used to pounding on your keyboard rather than having face to face discussions with people then I understand where you’re coming from.

        I can also very much assure you that my understanding of Batman and his many, many iterations allows me to fully appreciate what this iteration of the character brings to the legend. Your myopic view is a clear indication you haven’t read enough of the books to appreciate it.

      • Clay Strohman

        Wow you suck lol, almost no input whatsoever other than to act superior and put others down. Solid commenting!

    • That Guy That You Hate To Love

      1. When Batman’s fighting, his goal is to defeat, not kill.
      2. There is no delineation between Batman and Bruce Wayne in either Batman v Superman or Justice League. The dualism of the character is very vague or just nonexistent.
      3. Yeah, if Matt Reeves does what you just said, then that will mean that his version of Batman will be nothing like Affleck’s Batman.

  • That Guy That You Hate To Love

    I truly hoped for a definitive version of Batman on screen with DCEU, but I never got one. Everything – from writing to acting – was not good about this Batman. Granted, the stunt guys did a good job with that fist fight at the end of the movie, I give them that. When I look at Ben Affleck’s version of the character, I can’t recognize Batman in that. Sure, he looks like one, he has Batmobile, and a thing that resembles a Batcave, but that’s all superficial stuff I don’t care for. This Batman was (in theory) inspired by Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns, but where is that inspiration? Outside few on-the-nose visual nods to that story, there is nothing of that story in this version of Batman. When I look at Christian Bale’s Batman, I see a character I respect and love. I see all sorts of inspirations – from the brilliant 70’s reinvention of the character by the great Denny O’Neil, to the 80’s work by the masters like Doug Moench. Until Matt Reeves doesn’t do something of that nature, The Dark Knight trilogy is still the go-to movies when it comes to Batman.