Of course, it's not just the concept that's a bad idea. Ben Affleck is truly a weird choice. First of all, he's already played a superhero in the unbearably awful "Daredevil" movie. Second, despite recent success as a director and an emerging resume as an excellent actor, he'll always be associated with his so-so early days. And finally, even in his more "bad-ass" roles -- check out "The Town" if you get a chance, or watch "Smokin Aces" on Picturebox Films (granted, this second one is a spoof) -- there's still nothing Batman about Affleck. He's got a breath-y voice, and he's always a softie at heart.
But there's already been more than enough focus on why Affleck shouldn't be Batman. So instead of dwelling further on this, let's take a look at 10 guys who might have been better choices.
1) Joseph Gordon-Levitt - The obvious Batman successor, given the ending of "The Dark Knight Rises," he would have made the smoothest transition.
2) Luke Evans - A rising badass, Zeus himself (if you've seen "Immortals" could have been an intriguing choice.
3) Michael Fassbender - He's got untapped superstar power, and could have been just the dark and powerful presence required of the character.
4) Josh Brolin - He's a beast, and that's a good start. It's a bit tough to imagine him as such an unquestionable good guy though.
5) Hugh Jackman - Jackman could have nailed this role in the same way Bale did.
6) Josh Holloway - Sawyer, from the TV show "Lost," could probably have done a fair Bale impression himself.
7) Richard Armitage - Most recently known as Thorin in the "Hobbit" franchise, Armitage would have been a bold but interesting choice.
8) Gabriel Macht - You know him from "Suits," as dominant lawyer Harvey Specter. He'd have been a goofier Batman, but a fun one.
9) Nicolas Cage - This would have exploded the Internet, but hey, remember Big Daddy from "Kick-Ass"?
10) Brad Pitt - No one seems to have thought of this, but does anyone think Pitt would have done a bad job?