I understand people’s skepticism towards Ben Affleck playing Batman. I’m a huge Christian Bale fan and enjoyed him in the role very much, so I do think it is a little too early to be bringing him back, especially considering just how successful those films were critically. That being said, there are a few points I’d like to make:
1. Many fans cite Daredevil as the reason why he should not be in a comic book movie again. That movie came out in 2003. Think back to what superhero movies were like around then. The only critically “good” ones were Spider-man, which really started the entire trend, and X-men which was directed by Bryan Singer in the first two installments. Everything else was just being pumped out with the same zany formula as the original Spider-man films, and even those now face some pretty vicious criticism for their camp. Daredevil’s failure doesn’t stem from him; it stems from trying to combine a flash-bang-pow mentality with brutal violence without a sense of comedy like in the first Kick-Ass. Did you know that the writer and director also wrote Jack Frost, and went on to direct and write Ghost Rider and When in Rome?
Comic book movies have come a very far way since then: they are written more creatively and seriously, and the visuals are much more striking and real, and they are now a staple in our theatres. At the time, they were just a new experiment.
2. He has come a long way since that time. He has directed three films, all of which garnered universal acclaim from critics and did well at the box office. Hell, he won Best Picture this past year. As an actor, he was the most interesting thing about State of Play, a movie whose cast also included Russell Crowe and Helen Mirren. Anybody who has not seen The Town or Argo needs to stop reading this right now and watch them. I’ll wait…
See?! He’s really good in them! The problem was never that he wasn’t a good actor–it was that he was given bad scripts. Matt Damon was almost out of work until he did Bourne. I mean, we are in a world where Matthew McConnaughey is probably going to be nominated for an Oscar this year! Actors don’t necessarily stay bad, and they don’t necessarily stay good either. Nicholas Cage and Tom Cruise used to be looked at as two of the greatest actors of their generation. Now, with their work weakening, they’ve become punchlines. Affleck worked on his craft, and he’s better for it. Did you know that he was offered to star in the reboot of Daredevil but turned it down because he is embarrassed of that movie and didn’t see why the same actor should play Daredevil?
3. Robert Downey, Jr as Iron Man
Heath Ledger as Joker
Michael Keaton as Batman
Chris Evans as Captain America
Mark Ruffalo as Hulk
Just five “terrible casting jobs” in superhero movies that ended well.
My point is, cut the guy some slack. I personally think he could make a good, classic Batman if the script is good enough. And while I may have negative opinions about the new Superman movie (yeah, yeah, hate me all you want), tell me something: if you were cast as one of the most endearing, long-lasting characters in popular literature, how would you react if people made petitions to get you out of that role and detrimental memes?
That’s what I thought.
Connor the Lunatic