News broke last week that we finally have a new batman to replace Christian Bale, who stated he was finished portraying the caped crusader. Thankfully, the role of bats will now be portrayed by two time oscar winner Ben Affleck. My first reaction was that this was a solid casting, but I immediately was wondering if they would let him write and direct the picture as well. Affleck has been kicking some serious ass behind the lens with Gone Baby Gone, The Town and Argo on his resume. Similarly he was the co-screenwriter for Good Will Hunting and wrote Gone Baby Gone and The Town, all three of which are solid films.
I’m Batman for the next 6 films and married to Jennifer Garner, deal with it nerds!
Apparently, a lot of folks on the twitter machine did not have quite the same level of enthusiasm that I did about this casting. Amid the whining and bellyaching, memes were made and white house petitions were created. Christopher Nolan sycophants seemed to feel that no one could portray Batman correctly after Bale. I got to be honest I felt TDKR was a tedious end to what had become a bit of a stagnant franchise. Similarly, I look forward to seeing Nolan do something besides Batman films.
Sadly, this won’t come to pass
But what about all the bad films that Affleck has been in? Admittedly dude has been in some bad films, but I would suggest that this is not so much his acting, as much as it is the fact that he chose to act in some stinkers written and directed by less than talented people. I am looking at you Daredevil writer director Mark Stephen Johnson. Furthermore, you could select just about any actor and mention some terrible films that they have starred in. Well unless you were a huge fan of Bale starring in Terminator Salvation, Newsies and Reign of Fire, I think you would agree on this point.
The level of hyperbole and panic on the internets about this casting has calmed down a bit. Folks realized it was a done deal and started to become resigned to the fact that Affleck was our new hero. Besides news soon broke that Bryan Cranston had signed a multi-picture deal to portray Lex Luthor. Hooray, the internets rejoice.
Man I hope Luthor is making meth in this next film.
Now that the collective rage of five hundred thousand shut-ins and basement dwellers is passing, where will our nations collective rage now focus its attention?