In the history of live-action adaptations of Batman, a total of nine actors have portrayed the Dark Knight (not including those who’ve only portrayed him as a child and those who’ve portrayed him in TV series and not in movies). One of those actors is Ben Affleck. So, how many times did Ben Affleck play Batman?
Within the DCEU, Ben Affleck has appeared as Batman in a total of four movies, but only two of those can be considered actual appearances. Namely, he appeared in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and Justice League (2017); he also had a cameo in Suicide Squad (2016), which we are not going to count as a full appearance, and will reprise his role in Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021), which is also not a proper appearance. He is also set to reprise his role in The Flash.
Now that we’ve given you a short introduction, let us discuss the topic of this article in more detail.
When did Ben Affleck play Batman?
Ben Affleck, if you look at the numbers out of context, is the record holder for most live-action Batman appearances. He had his full-on debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) and reprised his role in Suicide Squad that same year. Still, the Suicide Squad appearance was just a cameo and we cannot really count it as a proper appearance.
His second appearance was in Justice League (2017), the “monster” of a movie that came as a result of Whedon butchering Snyder’s movie due to corporate demands. In 2021, however – thanks to the #ReleaseTheSnyderCut movement – he is going to reprise his role in Zack Snyder’s Justice League, but since that’s just a reworking of the original movie with some additional scenes and reshoots, we can’t count it as a proper appearance.
He is also set to reappear in The Flash; this is intended to be his final appearance in the role.
How was Ben Affleck received as Batman?
Despite the relatively poor reception of the DCEU, Ben Affleck’s Batman was received quite well, alongside Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. It seems now that none of the characters was a problem with the DCEU, but rather the plot and the style. Ben Affleck gave a lot into his role of an older, darker Batman and the fans liked it; this also explains his disappointment upon learning that the movies were badly received (we all know the famous meme).
All in all, Ben Affleck’s Batman was received quite well and we are looking forward to seeing Snyder’s true vision in the upcoming movie, as well as Affleck’s – as we believe – emotional farewell in The Flash.