TV & FILM
brian-mcgee - July 26, 2017
I know how much you guys love Ben Affleck's interpretation of Batman, and it looks like you've got a pretty high profile Bat legend who shares that opinion. Alright, so I may have embellished the first part of that statement, but Kevin Conroy, the guy who voiced Batman on The Animated Series and in several DC Animated films, thinks that Affleck is the only guy to nail both Batman and Bruce Wayne in equal parts.
While speaking with Comic Book Resources, Conroy was asked if he had a preference among the various actors who have donned the cowl on screen, his answer was a bit surprising...
“You know, I thought it was weird when Warner Bros. didn’t give the franchise to one actor when the first started doing the films. You just assumed they were going to cast a Batman and he was going to carry the whole franchise. But then when I saw the different ones — Michael Keaton and Val Kilmer, [George Clooney], and Christian Bale — all the different takes, this was really smart, because each actor does it so differently. And I love seeing all the different takes. I think some of them get Bruce Wayne more than they get Batman, and some of them get Batman more than they get Bruce Wayne. I think Ben Affleck has probably gotten the best balance of the two. He’s a really good Bruce Wayne and a really good Batman.”
Here's what I'll say. I think it's fine to call Affleck a really good Bruce Wayne, because I think he very much nailed that side of the character. His Batman, however, was pretty far from what I'd call the world's greatest detective. Dude didn't know that Superman's mom and his mom shared a name. That's a pretty basic fact anyone who could see past a pair of glasses on a mild-mannered reporter could have figured out. His Batman was a bloodthirsty monster who murdered dudes willy-nilly and branded criminals in some sort of byzantine plot to have them murdered in prison.
The fact of the matter is that Affleck has only had one film to bring his interpretation to life, so it's a little early to be judging him against anyone but Kilmer and Clooney, the other members of the one-timer club. Give him two more flicks—if he lasts that long—before judging him against Bale and Keaton. I'm not saying Kevin Conroy is wrong, he's definitely entitled to his opinion and has earned the right to sound off on such a matter, I'm just suggesting he use a bit more caution before delivering definitive answers to questions that don't yet have them.