While the detractors about Ben Affleck’s casting as Batman in the forthcoming Man of Steel sequel have been particularly vocal, a number of celebrities have spoken out in support of Affleck suiting up.
The latest to comment is James Franco who feels that Affleck has “proved himself” since his last, admittedly disastrous, outing as a superhero in 2003’s Daredevil.
Franco spoke to E! while at the Toronto International Film Festival promoting his two latest films, Palo Alto and Child of God. He threw his support behind Affleck saying that he thought that Affleck will be “a good Batman”.
He added that he thinks Affleck’s “proved himself now as both a director and an actor but I will say he’s best in the movies he directs.”
Is that a call by Franco to have Affleck at the helm of the sequel? Quite possibly as he remarked, “Maybe he should direct it. I think he should direct it.” Should Zach Snyder start watching his back??
Franco also hit back at the criticism towards Affleck about the failure of Daredevil and its resurgence following the Batman announcement. “Daredevil wasn’t my favourite movie, but I don’t blame Ben for that.”
He also points out how as the public face of films, actors are the ones that often cop flack if the movie, such as Daredevil, flops: “As an actor, there’s this crazy thing where you could be good, you could do good work, but then if you’re in a movie that’s not so good, they blame you… that’s just crazy thinking.”
You will be able to judge for yourself when the Man of Steel sequel is released worldwide next July 17.