Morgan Freeman has spoken out in favor of Ben as Batman.
Los Angeles: Morgan Freeman, who played a prominent role in ‘The Dark Knight’ series, has slammed the outcry over Ben Affleck playing the new Batman.
The Academy award winner said it was wrong to judge Affleck before watching his performance.
“Listen: Michael Keaton, George Clooney, Val Kilmer, and Christian Bale have played it. It’s a franchise! It’ll stand on its own merits, and you can’t really say anything until he’s done it. The pre-judging was strange. Give him a shot!,” Freeman said.
Affleck has been cast to play an older world weary Batman in Zack Snyder’s Superman sequel opposite Henry Cavill. The actor’s casting received a backlash from the fans of the Caped Crusader.
Freeman, who has previously worked with Ben Affleck in the drama ‘The Sum of All Fears’ will soon be seen alongside stalwarts Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas and Kevin Kline in the upcoming buddy comedy ‘Last Vegas’, releasing on November 22.
Warner Bros. will Affleck’s adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel in late 2015 and Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of the popular musical next summer
Warner Bros. will release Ben Affleck’s “Live by Night” on Christmas Day, 2015, while Clint Eastwood’s musical “Jersey Boys” will hit theaters on June 20, 2014.
“Live by Night” is based on the crime novel by Dennis Lehane and will serve as Affleck’s follow-up to “Argo,” which won an Oscar for Best Picture. Affleck is producing and starring in the film.
It’s possible that “Live by Night” could find itself up against Disney’s “Star Wars: Episode VII,” which has been rumored for a late 2015 release. At this point, the only film actually slotted for that time period is Fox’s “Kung Fu Panda 3,” penciled in for Dec. 23.
Affleck also stars opposite Henry Cavill in “Batman vs. Superman,” which WB will release on July 17, 2015.
The Eastwood-directed “Jersey Boys” based on a Tony-winning Broadway musical based on Frankie Valli’s band the Four Seasons.
The release date set Tuesday will pit “Jersey Boys” against Kevin Hart’s “Think Like a Man Too” from Sony, and lands it one week after Sony’s “22 Jump Street” and the animated Fox’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2.” Paramount’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction” opens the next week.
Ben spent a day filming his new film Gone Girl in Los Angeles this past week. He even posed with some fans!
- Ben Affleck Online > GONE GIRL > ON THE SET | OCTOBER 30, 2013
I have added some fun images from a photoshoot that Ben did with then co-star Jennifer Garner for their film Daredevil.
- Ben Affleck Online > PHOTOSHOOTS & PORTRAITS > OUTTAKES > 2003 > 003
Jennifer Garner is going to be on the Ellen DeGeneres Show tomorrow and during her interview she spoke about Halloween last year and how the family dressed up as the characters from The Wizard of Oz. And after sharing a story from their trick or treating experience she shared a picture of Ben as the Tin Man!
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Ben Affleck has the support of former Batgirl Alicia Silverstone.
The 37-year-old actress, who played Batgirl alongside George Clooney and Chris O’Donnell in the 1997 flick Batman & Robin, says she thinks Affleck will do a fantastic job playing the caped hero in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel.
“That sounds so cool,” Silverstone told us at last night’s L.A. premiere of Ass Backwards. “I did hear about that. That sounds cool.”
“I think it’s great,” she added. “I like him.”
It was announced back in August that Affleck would portray Batman alongside Superman Henry Cavill in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel. Silverstone joins the list of celebs who’ve defended the Affleck casting choice amid lots of fan backlash.
Hugh Jackman spoke out in favor of the Oscar winner playing Batman, saying, “He’s a Boston kid, right? He’s a tough guy…I know [Ben] a little bit and I know he’s going to relish the opportunity to go and crush it. I have no doubt he’s going to crush it.”
Affleck’s wife Jennifer Garner also publicly commented, saying, “I was excited for him. I was excited because he had a real take on what he wanted to do, and you know, I have to say, my husband is a pretty great storyteller himself, and I’m excited to watch him do it.”
The Man of Steel sequel is due in theaters July 17, 2015.
I have added pics of Ben in New York City where he is filming his new film Gone Girl.
- Ben Affleck Online > GONE GIRL > ON THE SET | OCTOBER 26, 2013
411.com spoke with Ben about playing the role of Batman.
411′s Al Norton had an exclusive conversation with Ben Affleck, who is playing Batman in the Man of Steel sequel! See what he had to say about accepting the role, his vision of the character, his venture into TV with The Middle Man and more!
Ben Affleck is an Oscar winning actor, writer, producer, and director who films have grossed almost $3 billon in worldwide box office.
Al Norton: I have to open with the question everyone’s been waiting all summer for you answer…How ’bout those Red Sox?!?!?!?
Ben Affleck: Obviously its very exciting. Its so strange to be in a world where the sox have a chance to win their third world series in ten years when I grew up in a Boston where even one seemed so remote. I will definitely take it though! It’s a fantastic thing for the great baseball fans here and a great source of pride for the city. Knock wood they can get it done. This is a very good Cardinals team.
Al Norton: I saw you on Jimmy Fallon and I have to agree with you; your work as Girth Brooks was deserving of recognition from Emmy voters.
Ben Affleck: Robbed for my Girth Brooks. What can I say? You win some and lose some.
Al Norton: Do you remember your first thought when the idea of you playing Batman was originally presented to you and was there a tipping point in your decision making process, a moment where you started to think, “I really want to do this”?
Ben Affleck: Initially I was reluctant as I felt I didn’t fit the traditional mold but once Zack showed me the concept, and that it would be both different from the great movies that Chris and Christian made but still in keeping with tradition I was excited. Doing something different and new is always tricky and part of the thrill and the risk is that initially it confounds expectations. The truth is, it’s the movie and the execution of it is what all the actors depend on and I believe in Zack’s vision.
I have added a beautiful photoshoot that Ben did last year for Telegraph magazine while promoting his film Argo. Such a stunning shoot!
Thanks to Claudia for some of these beautiful images!
- Ben Affleck Online > OUTTAKES > 2012 > 003
The Wrap shares that Ben’s film Gone Girl has a release date for next fall!
20th Century Fox has unveiled a flurry of release dates for upcoming films such as David Fincher’s “Gone Girl” and the Jesus Christ movie “Son of God” from husband-and-wife filmmakers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett.
“Gone Girl,” which is based on the bestselling thriller by Gillian Flynn, will open on Oct. 3, 2014 against Universal’s “Dracula Untold.” Ben Affleck stars alongside Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Neil Patrick Harris and “Blurred Lines” beauty Emily Ratajkowski, as TheWrap first reported.