Actor Ben Affleck recently scored the role as Batman in the untitled Man of Steel sequel. Signed by Warner Brothers, this announcement has come with much controversy from Batman fans. Warner Brothers’ president of production has defended Affleck, saying “We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular super heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some.” In light of his new role, let’s take a look back at Affleck’s top ten movies from the past.
10) Dazed and Confused (1993)
In this classic, Affleck plays high school senior Fred O’Bannion. The film follows a group of teens on their last day of school in 1976. The movie was in Entertainment Weekly’s top 50 high school movies and top 10 funniest movies.
9) The Town (2010)
Affleck both directed and acted in this movie. Affleck starred as a bank robber who falls in love with his hostage. The movie was nominated by the Broadcast Film Critics Association for their Best Cast Award.
8) Chasing Amy (1997)
In this Kevin Smith movie, Affleck plays a man who is in love with a lesbian.
7) Armageddon (1998)
Despite its cheesiness, this Michael Bay film has a great cast including Bruce Willis, Owen Wilson, Billy Bob Thornton, and, of course, Affleck. Armageddon was nominated for MTV’s Best Male Performance and Best Onscreen Duo awards.
6) He’s Just Not That Into You (2009)
Affleck is among another all star cast in this film, which includes Jennifer Aniston, Drew Barrymore, Bradley Cooper, and Justin Long. This romantic comedy follows several couples’ struggles in the world of dating.
5) Hollywoodland (2006)
Affleck portrayed the tragic role of George Reeves. The movie recounts the death of the Adventures of Superman actor in 1950s Hollywood.
4) Shakespeare in Love (1998)
In this award-winning film, Affleck plays Ned Alleyn, one of Shakespeare’s actors.
3) Pearl Harbor (2001)
Affleck plays Captain Rafe McCawley in this dramatization of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
2) Good Will Hunting (1997)
The movie that made Affleck famous, Good Will Hunting, which also stars Matt Damon, is a drama that follows the therapy sessions of genius Will Hunting. The movie was nominated for MTV’s Best On-Screen Duo and Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cash in a Motion Picture.
1) Argo (2012)
Affleck won two Golden Globes – for Best Drama and Best Director – for his roles in Argo. The movie centers on the rescue of sex U.S. diplomats from Tehran, Iran during the Iran hostage crisis in 1979.