Adam West, Val Kilmer weigh in on 'Batfleck'
August 23rd, 2013
06:44 PM ET

Adam West, Val Kilmer weigh in on 'Batfleck'

With fans actively trying to kick Ben Affleck out of his newly acquired Batman role, the actor could use a little advice.

Thankfully, iconic "Batman" star Adam West - who donned the cape on TV and at the movies - has offered Affleck his guidance.

"Remember Ben, with the cape and cowl comes great responsibility (and lots of heat)," West tweeted Friday. "Bring deodorant."

"Batman Forever" star Val Kilmer later tweeted "Give Ben a chance!"

What words of wisdom would you give Affleck?

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  1. JANE


    September 21, 2013 at 8:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. Martin Odber

    Remember this and you'll do well "...It's not who I am underneath... but what I *do*... that defines me. "

    September 21, 2013 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |


      September 21, 2013 at 8:19 am | Report abuse |

    superman – man of steel part two movie is not going be like past superman movies it's going to have batman and with out re-doing batman so superman can be hit just like 2013 man of steel was and be not be like the past superman 2 1981 or 3 or 4 in 1988 was who did not have batman and it is a faster way of doing batman again for batman movie's not just superman part two movie and do what ironman 2008 and hulk 2008 and so on did and because of how darkkight rises 2012 and it's ending have to start theis way.

    September 19, 2013 at 10:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Paul

    remember: Batman does not fly.

    September 16, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Ron

    It is not even a Batman movie he is in. Who really cares? No one seems to care who is playing Superman, the lead role mind you. Ben will do fine. Die story die!

    September 16, 2013 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon

      That's because everyone has known is playing Superman since the last Superman movie and nobody has a problem with that actor.

      September 16, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. H.C. Hall

    Hey, Ben don't worry able it. You can't do any worse than Clooney

    September 14, 2013 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Nick AA

    To all the Nolan fanboys saying the Dark Knight trilogy was the best. One question.
    Why did Nolan make Batman speak as though he was
    A) Constipated or
    B) On the verge of releasing his constipation?

    September 14, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ben Affleck

    I'll show you punks what good cinema is. You'll rue the day you doubted me.

    September 13, 2013 at 10:54 am | Report abuse |
    • Ex-Hooligan

      Give 'm hell, Bartleby. To all the bitter, cynical naysayers; do us all a favor and go find something sharp on which to fall.

      September 14, 2013 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |

    People point to actors like Heath Ledger as the Joker (Jokeback Mountain?) or Michael Keaton as the original 80's Batman (Mr Mom saves Gotham? Really?) and say, "See, they turned out great so give Ben a chance!"

    The BIG difference is that they weren't donning the cape or face paint literally MOMENTS after the greatest cinematic Batman of all time just got done with the greatest superhero movie trilogy of all time. Say what you want about Mr. Gravelvoice, Nolan's Dark Knight will not be outdone for a long time. People are invested in HIS vision of Batman and to have another vision so soon after seems like a recipe for box office disaster.

    September 9, 2013 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ben Over

    I think Ben should off himself and pray to come back as Adam West so that he stood half a chance to make a quarter of the real Batman. And, well, Matt Damon would do well to do the same with Halle Berry and become Cat Woman.

    September 4, 2013 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  11. da

    If this was 10 years ago...maybe the flack would be justified. Ben has matured into a good film maker. I would say give him a chance. He was good in Argo. I think he can pull it off.

    September 4, 2013 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Marcia

    He has actually opened up in these last few weeks keep the scripts coming.

    September 1, 2013 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. RixRR

    My advice to Affleck? Remember Keaton and Ledger. The fan outcry about both Keaton as Batman and Ledger as The Joker was massive at the time. And gee, they both did an amazing job in their respective films. Ben's matured a lot as an actor and now a director. I'm game to see how he handles the role.

    September 1, 2013 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Natty Bumppo

      Agree, Ledger was the best Joker. And Keaton, though not quite as good as Bale, did a very good job himself; it was Tim Burton and his "weirdness" that hurt those two movies.

      September 2, 2013 at 12:38 am | Report abuse |
  14. EntoyDaDragoN

    Ben Affleck as batman and Justin Bieber as robin. Yey!!

    September 1, 2013 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
  15. Bat Affleck

    Who is going to do the new theme song... Can I recommend Gilbert Gottfried with his Aflac Duck voice??

    Ben Affleck is the same character in all of his movies. He is unable to adapt another role. He will do the same with Batman and the movie will be a flop. They will fill the movie with more big name actors to bring people in and it will tank. When will Hollywood realize when you have a great film or story line you do not need a name to sell it. Batman / Superman sells itself. No need for a name attached to it.

    September 1, 2013 at 12:53 am | Report abuse |
  16. The Eternal Satyr

    Affleck tanked as Daredevil. Maybe he'll be really boring as Batman too.

    He should just stick to romantic comedies no one cares about.

    August 29, 2013 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  17. The only complaints on experience project were 3 of them enna elkana and those other idiots are them

    file her

    August 29, 2013 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |


    August 29, 2013 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  19. JOANNA


    August 29, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |


    August 29, 2013 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |


    August 29, 2013 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Keith Tatro

    Kevin urban would have been better

    August 29, 2013 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  23. David

    I don't get why people are so upset about Ben Affleck wearing the famous cape and cowl. Look at all the celebrities that took on the Batman role: Keaton, Kilmer, Clooney, Bale, West. Each one brought their own style to the set and did a great job. Mr. Affleck deserves a shot at making this role his and I for one will definitely stand in line to watch his performance. So take it easy folks. Remember, its the MOVIES!

    August 29, 2013 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Must be nice to have a life so devoid of stress and activity to really care who the next cape crusader is!

      August 31, 2013 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Jennifer

    Would rather have Val Kilmer than Aftlick...

    August 29, 2013 at 12:52 am | Report abuse |
  25. datawrecker

    If batman is supposed to be portrayed as a battered, old, wise crime fighter why not cast someone who looks the part. I nominate Steve Buscemi. Great actor and his eyes and grill look like they have taken one to many hits.

    August 28, 2013 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daistaar

      The BEST Batman hands down would be Ray Stevenson. He's the right size and build (6'4", 230+ lbs), the right age, can clean up as a billionaire playboy, and be menacing in the cape a cowl. He's the only believable Batman to go toe to toe with Henry Cavill's Superman. If there was any hope for a Justice League, you need Ray Stevenson's Batman.

      September 4, 2013 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  26. Rantnocerous

    I cant help but believe that international ticket sales are what they are thinking about. Because Ben Affleck is not popular in this country for the target market.

    August 28, 2013 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  27. easyrhino

    My advice to Ben: Take two weeks off then quit the acting profession.

    August 27, 2013 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  28. moon627

    Anyone will be better than the last Batman with Christian Bale – that was the worst movie ever !! 🙁

    August 27, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      Hundreds of millions of dollars spent at the box office would entirely disagree with your ridiculous assessment, moonie.

      August 28, 2013 at 2:46 am | Report abuse |
  29. Just sayin

    ben Affleck looks hot with a scruffy face.

    August 27, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  30. Chucklehead

    Adam West's Batman was a farce. That lame show was terrible and only morons with low IQ's still watch it. As for Kilmer, did anyone even wactch his movie?

    August 27, 2013 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  31. Bdog

    Affleck is a GREAT choice for this role. Can't wait!!! To say no one cares well that is just plain rediculous!! Billion dollar movies say otherwise. Period

    August 27, 2013 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  32. GRAMMY

    THE ULTIMATE BATMAN MOVIE WOULD HAVE BEN STILLER AS BATMAN AND JACKIE CHAN AS ROBIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'd stand in line to see that match up. Can't stop yawning thinking about ben afflack. Would rather watch commercials about the afflack duck.

    August 27, 2013 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  33. GRANNY


    August 27, 2013 at 1:48 am | Report abuse |
  34. Cali-Girl

    Might be believable as batman but not as Bruce Wayne

    August 26, 2013 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Daistaar

      Other way around; very believable as Bruce Wayne. Not a very believable Batman. Ben Affleck is just too likable a guy to be a menacing Batman. Now Ray Stevenson...

      September 4, 2013 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  35. SkepticalOne

    I think casting Ben Affleck as Batman is a better idea than casting Tim Tebow as a quarterback was but then I haven't seen Ben's performance yet.

    August 26, 2013 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Mikala

    Ben is a good actor so he should do a good job. Let's hope it's a good script. Look what happen to the Lone Ranger? JD is a good actor but the movie flopped. Bad script, good actor.

    August 26, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Daniel

    I'm over my initial reaction to this news. Now, I am more used to the idea. I mean, it's not going to be award winning no matter who plays Batman. It is just a movie. I still wanted Christian Bale or Josh Brolin, but what can we do? We can complain about it and still see the movie, or we can accept it and see the movie. Personally, there are more things to worry about than Batman. So with that being said.... Bring on Wonder Woman already!

    August 26, 2013 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Hannover

    I truly hope they finally have the Bat-Pole in this one. I've really missed it.

    August 26, 2013 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Mr_Taco

    Holy Crap!
    Ben as Batman, they must be ready for a flop.

    Well, he should advocate for Matt Damon as Robin and put an end to this madness!

    August 26, 2013 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  40. holspark

    Dudes got two, count em two, Oscars. He could care less what you trolls think. Y'all go see the movie anyway.

    August 26, 2013 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  41. holspark

    Dudes got two, count em two, Oscars. He could really care less what you trolls say. Y'all go see it anyway.

    August 26, 2013 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  42. Rhonda

    Watched it the other day who cares who plays bat man as long as the story line is good .i think he did a great job

    August 26, 2013 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
  43. Baby Jesus

    He's going to suck.

    August 26, 2013 at 3:25 am | Report abuse |
  44. Stunned

    Ben has the part.

    August 25, 2013 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  45. John

    "All we are give Ben a chance......."

    August 25, 2013 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  46. alfredo

    What "words of wisdom" would I give Ben Affleck regarding the Batman part? How about "Drop the EFF out and leave the part to REAL actors". OK...I feel better now. No seriously...Ben...PLEASE drop the EFF out. I promise I will see your next movie (that isn't Batman related) if you do the right thing. C'mon man...America is counting on you.

    August 25, 2013 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  47. SKY


    August 25, 2013 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Thank you SKY...

      for making absolutely no fking sense at all, as usual. And that's a FACT.

      August 26, 2013 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  48. Larry Smoot

    If Batman was from Boston Affleck would do fine, he always does fine when playing himself, but when it comes to playing anything else it's awful. He's either Ben with a Boston accent or he's not, but either way he's just Ben. It's bad casting through and through. He just is not the right guy for the job. Possible fits for the role: Gerard Butler, Channing Tatum,Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper. Come to think of it, the best might just be Bradley Cooper - he would do a great job with the flirtatious playboy part of Bruce Wayne and the dark side of the Dark Knight. Affleck is just wrong for the part.

    August 25, 2013 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rev Up The Critic

      I disagree with the bradley cooper thing. I totally understand where you're coming from with the playboy side, but i cannot see him gliding around gotham in a batsuit. And I don't think Channing Tatum is right, I don't know what it is, but if he was cast, I'd give him a chance. Let's just let affleck be batman, see how he does, if he fails, that's it, if he succeeds, everyone will be happy. In my opinion the film isn't going to be great anyway, unless Affleck brings the sort of dark mysterious brooding thing Bale did.

      August 26, 2013 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  49. Marduct giancortingstiano

    Stunned-didn't think ben had it in him.

    August 25, 2013 at 2:46 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Reagan was the BEST

    Not a fan of Affleck. I saw 2 different comments yesterday,1 person said Steve Buschemi should play Batman and another asked if Clint Howard had been too busy to play Batman. I would rather see both in the Batman movie than Affleck. Busschemi coulld play Batman and Clint Howard could play Robin.

    August 25, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Kevin T. Baldwin

    The problem is not just Affleck but the basic idea of casting because for potential ticket draw as opposed to character compatibility. If Tom Cruise, Matt Damon or Mark Wahlberg were chosen as "Batman" the outcry would be about the same (Okay, maybe not with Wahlberg as much). As an example: Remember when Will Ferrell and Uma Thurmann were cast in "The Producers"? They were cast to bring in more money to the box office, period. Did they do OKAY in the roles? Sure, but they weren't even close to the performance level as the actors who originated the roles on Broadway, which is part of the reason the movie tanked. I suspect Affleck will also do OKAY as Batman, if this deal doesn't fall through (which I suspect it might), but no matter...this is still a very bad casting decision.

    August 25, 2013 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  52. freeman lowell

    I read the comic in which Superman and Batman do battle. Batman in that comic was older, grizzled and bitter. Affleck, despite his obvious talent doesn't fit that role. Now if they are using this film as a lead in to a Justice League movie where they are all chummy then sure. Unfortunately that will likely be the case and they will go with the weaker story line to justify the next big budget picture.

    August 24, 2013 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • lroy

      Well my dad and his brothers had the original Batman comics (circa 1930s) and I grew up watching the TV show (and still do sometimes), so in my book (unless George Clooney's wants to take a crack) Adam West is THE Caped Crusader of choice. Enough of this "who's going to play Batman this time, and sequel, rerun rerun rerun hockey pucks. How about BAT GIRL?

      August 25, 2013 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Mr. Anderson

    The Way of the Bat – Let’s face it, most of us are not heroes. Face it! Would you run out into traffic to save a puppy? Batman would! The only real question, regardless of anything else, is... Would Ben Affleck run out into traffic to save a puppy? If so, I say, let him don the dark cowl! So Ben, what’s it going to be? Another made-up male Prima donna... or can you really wear the B-pants? Go save a few completely innocent lives! Animal, human, starving children in horrible places... prove that you can be The Batman, then nobody can say anything! Just remember, a real hero receives no personal gain for their heroics, none. ^-^ (also see: “Vin Diesel pulls family from burning car”)

    August 24, 2013 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reality check

      So, give us examples of the real life heroics performed, pre-Batman role, for each of the following that earned them the dark cowl: Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, and Christian Bale.

      August 24, 2013 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • onikin

      I think you misunderstand acting. The converse of what you are saying is horrific. Would you want actors who play sadistic villains to murder, torture, and manipulate in real life? There's a reason most actors study the *art* from childhood.

      That said, Sean Penn personally rescued many people in the flood waters of New Orleans, Harrison Ford has rescued stranded hikers, T.I. helped talk a jumper out of suicide, Tom Cruise helped out a hit-and-run victim and a sinking ship. And recently, the media has highlighted Keanu Reeves's amazing philanthropy. All would be interesting, but not necessarily great choices for this Batman role.

      August 26, 2013 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  54. moviewtchr

    Hey, from what I've seen, acting ability does not guarantee a good or bad Batman. Look at George Clooney, one of the great working actors today; half of the people in the world don't even know the he was Batman, the other half who do think he was the worst Batman to date-I'm one of them. I think that Ben, given a good script, will be great Cape Crusader. He has the looks, the physique, the charisma. I'm with Kilmer, give the guy a chance.

    August 24, 2013 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • lroy

      Yeah, I forgot about that. Besides, Clooney is WAY too handsome to have that dang mask on.

      August 25, 2013 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • LonelyMan

      its time for adam west too take his mask off and finally enjoy the script

      August 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  55. damianbloodstone

    I remember what he tried to do with the Dare Devil character. It was a terrible script he had to work with. People criticized him but when you looked at the movie, the story wasn't good. Affleck is a good actor. I think he is very good. Should he be batman? Unknown. You can't just think that a single actor could be a single character part in any movie. It is their acting that will make or break them in the roles they take on. Only his acting abilities will show us.

    August 24, 2013 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Tim Carnie

    I've liked quite a few of Ben's movies. He probably wouldn't have been my first choice for the role but he wouldn't have been my last either. Frankly Batman has been a little too dark and damaged for my taste for a number of years now so perhaps Ben will be the breath of fresh air the role needs. There was unbelievable criticism when Heath Leger was cast in Batman a few years ago so perhaps Ben will surprize us all. He seems like a genuinely decent human being so I wish him the best of luck...

    August 24, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Madeline

    Ben you will be great!!!

    August 24, 2013 at 12:03 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Randyman917

    The Mayans predicted this! Total disaster in the making! Ben Affleck as Batman? Oh please God, No!!! What have we done to deserve such horror! Wars, famine, natural disasters, and now this. The words are not even meant to follow one another in a sentence! "Ben Affleck as Batman". See, doesn't even flow correctly. Hell, you might as well have Paul Reubens play Batman! Same effect. Stick to directing, Ben!

    August 24, 2013 at 10:05 am | Report abuse |
  59. bob t

    nobody really cares......

    August 24, 2013 at 7:03 am | Report abuse |

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