While many fans have made it clear that they are not happy with Ben Affleck taking on the iconic role of Batman, there is one person who is standing up for the actor and he happens to have played a superhero himself. This actor would be Tom Welling, the former star of Smallville, who played young Clark Kent aka the future Superman.
Welling was questioned by E!’s Marc Malkin about his feelings about the casting of Affleck while doing press at the Toronto International Film Festival over the weekend. "It’s great, He’s a tremendous actor, he’s a wonderful director and I wish him the best. It’s hard to criticize things before they even happen. I know they’ll endeavor to make the best film they can,”
Someone else who stuck up for Affleck at TIFF was Josh Brolin, who revealed that he was in the running for the role. While his casting didn’t work out, he is “happy” that Affleck got it. “I feel for him, truly. I would not want to be him right now. The reaction becomes so personal. It’s like, ‘F—k this guy, I wish he was dead.’ And you’re like, ‘What? Dude, seriously? This guy is just working like you are. He’s doing the same thing you are. He’s trying to make the best choices he can. I’ve never seen such a global reaction in my life, I want [Affleck] to kick ass and I want everyone to love it and kind of eat their words,” Brolin told the Huffington Post.
While these two actors are defending the casting there are still petitions circulating the web demanding that Affleck be recast for the role. Based on a statement from director Zack Snyder it doesn’t look like he will bow to fan pressure. "Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retains the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him."
Everybody seems to have an opinion of Affleck donning the black mask and cape. I tend to agree with Welling and urge you to at least see the movie before judging how good or bad he is as the character. You can make that judgment when the film comes out in 2015.