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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

August 23, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Meet your new Batman: Ben Affleck

Well, here I was thinking that I didn’t need to think about Batman for a while, what with Christopher Nolan saying he’s done, done and done with the Caped Crusader, and now comes this: Ben Affleck will play Batman in the sequel to Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel,” opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman. Snyder, speaking at ComiCon last month, said that he won’t be drawing from Nolan’s “Dark Knight” character, but has “pored through the DC universe for a way to tell this thing.” The new movie does not yet have a title, but it does have a release date: July 17, 2015. Not sure what’s going on with the plot, but I’m hoping Batman and Superman are sitting around watching TV and drinking beers together and complaining about how hard it is to find tights that fit, or something like that.

So, let’s add up what Affleck’s got going on: He’s going to play a lead role, Nick, in David Fincher’s “Gone Girl,” which will shoot this fall, and he’s announced that he will direct and star in an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel “Live By Night” in 2014. Now he’s got a superhero movie to shoot as well. Seems like a lot, but I’m guessing that those “Argo” Oscars tend to magically untangle schedules. But Affleck as Batman? I think he’s a fine actor, but I don’t see it. Then again, Clooney survived it.

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