Time to Accept Ben Affleck As Batman, And Not Be Morons About It

by on August 24, 2013

in Entertainment

Yesterday’s announcement by Warner Bros of choosing Ben Affleck for the role of Batman in the Man of Steel sequel, Batman vs Superman, took many folks by surprise, and with that surprise, came some seriously moronic responses.  Or as some have put it, the haters came out of the woodwork.

Ben Affleck in 'The Town'

It seems that many folk have turned out in droves, as in ten thousand strong, to start a petition against the Academy Award-winning filmmaker on Change.org to pull Affleck from the role of Batman.  Some folk even went the path of using the White House’s petition system for the same intent.  Except, that last one was pulled down because of the hair-brained premise for a petition.

Check out the wording from Change.org:

{His acting skill is not even close to being believable as Bruce Wayne and he won’t do the role justice. He’s not built, nor is he intimidating enough for the role of Batman. His portrayal of Daredevil was atrocious and he’s not remotely close to an action star. Please find someone else.}

So there’s at least ten thousand folks who think this is more important than any other worldwide issue going on.  So be it.  I guess.

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Ben Affleck in 'To the Wonder'

It seems that director Zack Snyder had reached out to Affleck earlier this year inquiring if he was interested, and obviously, he said yes.

There’s two quick votes.  One, that Snyder saw his Batman in Affleck and that Affleck thinks he could take on the role.

Other news on this front is that Affleck not only signed up for the Man of Steel sequel, but for other films as well.  Meaning he’d be reprising the role through other films that could lead up to and include WB’s Justice League movie.

Getting Affleck in this project, could very well give more credence to WB’s DC comic efforts and draw more names into the fold.

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Let’s go back a bit and check out a few other castings or studio calls in other franchises, where fans initially, did not seem fond of:

  • The broadway star, Hugh Jackman;
  • An Abercrombie and Fitch model named Chris Hemsworth;
  • A way too young Matt Smith (Dr. Who);
  • The small time actor named Christian Bale;
  • A recovering addict named Robert Downey Jr..
  • That small-time TV writer, Joss Whedon;

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How many more castings can you ponder about, where you didn’t think the casting was right for the actor chosen, and then later, be good with it?  For me, I’ve been surprised by Leonardo DiCaprio in action roles.  He doesn’t strike me as a formidable action hero, but in a few movies, he pulls it off.

Be it as it may, fans need to understand that there’s a process here that they need to trust.  Trust, and then, when it comes to market, whether it be the movie theater or home theater, to support.

Comic book movies have been elevated above what they used to be and are now in the mainstream of Hollywood.  Case in point, those first Batman movies with Keaton, Clooney and whoever else.  Then there were some frightening attempts like the very early Captain America movie that was so bad that you can find it, in its entirety, on YouTube.

And still, be forgotten, despite being on YouTube.

No, we’re in a great era where comic book fans are seeing their fantasy characters come to life in quality created films.

Rather than burning or energies creating useless petitions, just roll with it and let’s see what happens.  Who knows, like Matt Smith or Joss Whedon’s end result after all the “outrage,” just maybe this will be a good call.  Maybe the naysayers haven’t seen Ben in The Town.

Batman vs Superman

I don’t see this casting either… it doesn’t settle well with me.  But what’s done is done.  There’s not much we can do about it.  So it’s best we embrace it, watch the new media push to help people embrace this premise of Ben Affleck playing Batman in multiple movies, and just enjoy the ride.

Hell, even Disney/Marvel’s Whedon is saying this is a good call.

(Oh, BTW, what a classic move.  That in this world of information technology and all the rumors and leaks that take place about almost every movie out there, this was an awesome and incredible surprise that popped up out of nowhere, in the midst of all other names that were circulating about for the role.

Now, if they would just cast Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor, that, my friends, would be perfect!)

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