Ben Affleck as Batman? He's Not the First Unexpected Choice to Play a Superhero

Fans aren't happy with the Daredevil actor taking on the Caped Crusader. But sometimes, unexpected casting works out well

Ben Affleck is the new Batman, and the Twitter-verse ain't happy.

Now, you might think Affleck is a great choice. Or you might agree with the Twitter user who cried: "What did we all do as people to deserve making Ben Affleck the new Batman? Christian Bale why couldn't you just take the damn 50 million?"

But one thing's for sure: Affleck is a surprising choice (even if he has, previously, played a superhero). Ever since Warner Bros. and DC Comics announced the big news -- There's a Superman-meets-Batman movie in the works! -- entertainment types have been speculating on who should play whom. Affleck's name didn't even come up in the Hollywood Reporter's roundup of top names surfacing for the part of Batman. (Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and Joe Manganiello all did.)

But let's take a minute to consider other unusual superhero casting choices -- and whether they worked out in the end.

When Kelsey Grammer (a.k.a. that fussypants Frasier Crane) took on the role of The Beast in The X Men, he turned out to be a surprisingly believable mutant -- with a little help from some blue makeup and scary teeth.

Chris Pratt (a.k.a. lovable goofball Andy Dwyer on Parks and Recreation) will certainly be playing against type in the new Guardians of the Galaxy superhero franchise when he takes on the role of Guardian leader Star-Lord. But if you caught his casually heroic turn as a Navy SEAL in Zero Dark Thirty, you probably aren't second-guessing this seemingly weird casting choice. We predict greatness.

Seth Rogen is the epitome of that silly, raunchy sort of comedian who spouts Judd Apatow-penned jokes out of the side of his mouth. So why did anyone think he'd be a good choice to play The Green Hornet? In this case, the outside-the-box casting led nowhere good. The New York Post called Rogen "woefully miscast," and we'd have to agree.  

As for Affleck, the guy's got the abs, and the lady-impressing combination of strength and vulnerability. So why not give the guy a chance to don the iconic cape and cowl?

Jennifer Graham Kizer is an Atlanta-based writer who covers pop culture and watches too much TV. Luckily, iVillage gives her an excuse to watch even more. Follow her on Google+.

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