Originally Posted by TheOneWhoKnocks
Yes... starting with Iron Man he has had many 100 million grossers. That is the point of comparison, Downey entering that franchise (43 at release) when he did and Affleck entering this franchise (42 at release). Before Iron Man, Downey Jr. had exactly zero 100 million dollar grossers. Before this Man of Steel sequel, Affleck will have had at least 7, including Daredevil, which made more than twice its budget worldwide.
Buzz (good or bad) is not necessarily box office, but Affleck's casting has generated more buzz than any other casting in recent memory.
I think its absurd to think that just because RDJ is a huge star, Affleck will invariably become one.
And if Affleck's casting generated a lot of buzz online, I would say most of it (save SHH) was excessively negative, on an unprecedented scale.
The point is, at this point, he is not comparable to RDJ in terms of box office clout.