I've said it publicly: I think Ben Affleck will make a fantastic Bruce Wayne in the Man of Steel sequel pitting Batman against Henry Cavill's Superman. And I'm sure the movie will have all of the gravitas and respect for the characters necessary in bringing such an epic tale to the big screen for the first time.
But oh, how fun would it be to imagine some goofier options? Like, say, if Affleck took characters he'd played in the past and used them to assume Bruce Wayne's identity. Consider the goodness:
Tony Mendez from Argo is sent by the CIA to investigate Gotham criminals with ties to overseas terrorists. After careful background research, he assume the identity of Bruce Wayne, who disappeared after Bane's assault on Gotham City. Mendez moves into Wayne Manor and takes up the crime-fighting mantle. He fires Alfred and brings in John Chambers (played by John Goodman) to serve as his butler/producer. He then fights Superman.
A.J. Frost from Armageddon, having saved the world, takes his reward money and purchases Wayne Manor, now in bankruptcy. He discovers the Batcave below the mansion and dons Batman's cowl. His wife, Grace (Liv Tyler), feels neglected by her husband's frequent absences and embarks on a secret life as a cat burglar in a tight black suit. Ideally, Steve Buscemi will play Robin. They then fight Superman.
Chuckie Sullivan from Good Will Hunting decides to clean up the streets of Boston. Donning a ski mask and a black track suit, he calls himself Batbro, plays a lot of pick-up basketball, and beats up muggers. Superman has him arrested.
What Ben Affleck characters would you like to see playing the Dark Knight?
*Plot description courtesy of my ever-clever husband