But Affleck, who remains one of Hollywood's hottest directors and is about to start shooting his adaptation of Dennis Lehane's novel "Live By Night," might not be the most unusual pick to play Bruce Wayne and his crime-fighting alter ego in the history of the DC Comics franchise.
Comic book fans pilloried
In 1995, Val Kilmer took over the title role for director Joel Schumacher, and things didn't turn out quite as well. His "Batman Forever" was commercially successful, but critically drubbed.
In 2005, director
in the lead role, and the results were spectacular. Not only were “Batman Begins” (2005), “The Dark Knight” (2008) and “
” (2012) embraced by reviewers, but they were also among the most successful releases in modern box-office history.
In a statement announcing Affleck's casting opposite
Do you agree? How does Affleck rank among Batmans?
Even with his Batman-Superman production sight unseen (the movie doesn't come out until July 2015), where does his selection stack up in Caped Crusader casting calls?