August 23, 2013

Think about it

The comics and entertainment world is abuzz with word that Ben Affleck will be the new Batman in the Man of Steel sequel. I read many "HUH??s" on Facebook and Twitter last night, but overall I think [nutty-but-right-in-this-case] comicbook guy Erik Larsen's tweet pretty much sums it up:


Indeed. Think about how nuts everyone went when it was announced that Keaton was playing the Dark Knight. And hell, Affleck's already played a superhero. And apparently, I'm one of the few that thought Daredevil wasn't all that bad.

Posted by Hube at August 23, 2013 04:33 PM | TrackBack

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Yeah, I wasn't a big fan of Affleck's Daredevil, but I'm willing to wait and see how he portrays Batman. I'd have preferred they cast a lesser-known actor, personally.

Posted by: Carl at August 23, 2013 05:40 PM

Agreed that it would have been better to have gone with a lesser-known actor. It's not that Affleck is bad -- he's done some great work in recent years. It's not even that he's a known quantity. (Christian Bale had been in several major if forgettable movies before "Batman Begins", as had Robert Downey, Jr. pre-"Iron Man".) The issue is Affleck's stardom.

No matter how good he is, people aren't going to see Batman on the screen, they're going to see Affleck-as-Batman. The same would happen if they cast Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon or Harrison Ford in his 80's hey-day. Stardom can overpower certain roles. I get the feeling that with something as iconic as Batman, this might be one of those cases.

That's a feature rather than a bug when you're just making popcorn flicks (see, for instance, the pre-Nolan Batman movies). But if you're going for something more adult and dramatic as superhero movies have been going since "The Dark Knight", I think it'll distract viewers.

Posted by: Steve at August 23, 2013 08:45 PM

And plus, like Doug noted in his recent post, Ben Affleck's politics could potentially drive people away from the movie.

http://douglasernstblog.com/2013/08/23/ben-afflecks-outspoken-politics-hurt-his-batman-more-than-his-box-office-bombs/

Posted by: Carl at August 23, 2013 11:31 PM

We need another Batman?

Posted by: steverino at August 24, 2013 11:16 AM

You are not alone, Hube! I was annoyed that they missed an opportunity to really knock it out of the park with Daredevil ... but I didn't think it was as bad as everyone makes it out to be.

Elektra? Now that was bad.

Posted by: Douglas Ernst at August 28, 2013 09:16 AM

I've often heard, Doug, that the Director's Cut of Daredevil is vastly superior to the theatrical version that most people saw. I hear there's a lot more plot, character development and the such.

Elektra was terrible. Only good part was Jennifer Garner.

Posted by: Carl at August 28, 2013 01:04 PM

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