Friday, August 23, 2013

Ben as Batman

The web seems to be in an uproar over the announced casting of Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight in the proposed sequel to Man of Steel. Some are happy; more are unhappy.

Count me as "who cares?" Given the handling of Superman in MoS, I think the whole pairing of Batman and Big Blue in the next movie will simply look like the same character in slightly different colors. The point of the Batman/Superman coupling is to look at two very different ways of being a hero...but the Nolan/Snyder version of Kal-El just isn't different enough from their previous take on Batman to make the comparison worthwhile.

As for the idea of Affleck as Batman--many seem to be concerned because of the failure of Affleck's previous turn in Daredevil. First of all, the Daredevil movie was no near as bad as legend makes it out to be...and the problems it did have had little to do with Affleck's performance.

Oh, and the photo with this post? I took a shot of Affleck as Daredevil and played with it digitally to see what he might look like in the batcowl.

1 comment:

TJ said...

Agreed that the MoS world isn't one I want to spend that much time in. One reviewer I follow said after they announced Batman vs. Superman (also, a stupid name for this movie) "So, they're going to take what was a 2 1/2 minute scene in The Avengers, and make it a 2 1/2 hour Superman sequel." Sounds about right.

The Affleck casting works for me though, aside from the message that WB is sending about what they're thinking of for the rest of the movie; that they can just throw big name actors on screen and the rest will take care of itself.