Holy Overreaction, Batman!

At Comic Con it was announced that the follow up to this year’s Man of Steel movie will see Superman go toe-to-toe with DC’s other big draw Batman. Batman vs Superman is due for release in 2015, and I have to say I had mixed feelings about it all.

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I’m happy that DC are trying to get a Justice League movie off the ground, and to do this they need to reboot the Batman movies because the Nolan Bat-flicks won’t work in a larger scale DC universe. They’ve clearly been inspired by the success of Marvel’s cinematic universe, but the difference is that Marvel appeared to have a plan in place and took they’re time introducing the characters in five flicks over four years. DC have their two big guns going head to head in just two years, with the new look Batman going in without a solo adventure to build the character.

Henry Cavill who impressed me as Kal-El is due to return and Zack Snyder will be in the director’s chair again, having done reasonably well first time out (maybe edit down the fight sequences next time, yeah?).

Today saw the announcement of who will step into Christian Bale’s Bat-shoes.

Ben Affleck.

Cue massive meltdown on the internet as people appeared to lose their minds. #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck trended on Twitter and people whined about how Affleck’s previous attempt at a costumed hero had been a bit of a dud. Personally, Daredevil is a guilty pleasure of mine and it’s unfair to lay its failures at Affleck’s door.

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I’m a fan of Affleck’s and can’t help feeling that a lot of the criticism is unfair with people getting hung up on his duff movies (Gigli, Pearl Harbor, Paycheck) and ignoring the fact that over the years he’s actually been in some quality flicks (Argo, The Town, State of Play, Changing Lanes) and can do fun blockbusters too (Armageddon, Sum of All Fears), plus you know, he was the bomb in Phantoms yo! I mean, seriously, the guy’s worst work is all about a decade ago and his last couple of flicks have been gold.

Affleck in the brilliant Argo, proof of his talent in front and behind the camera

Affleck in the brilliant Argo, proof of his talent in front and behind the camera

Affleck is a capable actor, and the premise for the film’s approach to the characters sounds genuinely interesting, with Snyder revealing that Batman will be older than Superman and having been in the crime fighting game for a while. Snyder explained Affleck’s casting rather well:

Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman, he has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.

Also, fanboys have form for getting these things wrong- Daniel Craig wasn’t a popular choice for Bond but he knocked it out of the park, and I was skeptical when Heath Ledger was cast as the Joker, and both knocked it out of the park. So hold fire until we actually see some footage of Affleck in action as the Dark Knight? Who knows, he could turn out to be aces.

Any thoughts? You know what to do. BETEO.

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