Thursday, August 22, 2013

Ben Affleck is Batman Now

Roughly a month ago it was announced that Zach Snyder would follow up this summer's Superman blockbuster, Man of Steel (a movie I praised), with a buddy-cop superhero sequel starring Supes AND Batman! As a nerd, I was ecstatic at the idea.
While Henry Cavill is returning as the Big Blue Boy Scout once again for the sequel, the big question has been who will play the Caped Crusader. Christian Bale sadly isn't reprising the role from Nolan's trilogy causing many fans to speculate possible actors. No one knew for sure ... until today, that is.
Just a few hours ago, Warner Bros. announced that Ben Affleck would don the cowl in 2015. Yes, Ben Affleck.
"Calm down everybody."
Initially, I thought this announcement was some joke. Affleck? The guy who destroyed the Daredevil movie a decade ago? You want him to play Batman? Is Matt Damon going to be Robin? Who thought this was a good idea? They could've found almost anybody better for the part.
Like Abed.
Then I started mulling it over and it occurred to me that there could be some hope. When Tim Burton was making his first Batman movie back in the late '80's his casting of Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne was considered equally ridiculous as Affleck's casting is today. And yet, Keaton did a fine job. In fact, he did a far better job in the role than Val Kilmer and George Clooney ever did.
Bat-nipples: the lowest point of the entire Batman franchise.
And it wasn't long ago that everyone flipped shit because Heath Ledger was cast as the Joker in Nolan's The Dark Knight. But what happened? Ledger's performance as the Clown Prince of Crime was so chilling and unique that he got a well deserved posthumous Oscar award and high school goth kids everywhere began to worship the anarchic clown giving Hot Topic stores everywhere a reason to exist again.
Now I'm not saying that Affleck will be the best Batman to ever be Batman. He probably won't outdo Bale. What I am saying is that maybe it won't be so bad. His work as director/actor for last year's Argo was great and earned him an Academy Award for best picture, and it's been a ten years since the cinematic bowel movements that were Daredevil and Gigli. He has gotten better. I believe there is hope. I believe this movie could still be great. And I believe there is a chance that Ben Affleck will surprise us all.
If he doesn't I will cry.

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