View Full Version : Ben Afleck In Batman vs Superman

08-23-2013, 04:22 AM
Well how do you feel about the casting so far?

The movie is heavily skewed towards Superman's character.

Where is Alfred, Commissioner Gordon?

How about Catwoman?

They could recast the Joker now since this is not a Nolan universe movie.

08-23-2013, 01:36 PM
Should be "Ben Affleck vs talent" because that's the number one problem with Affleck, his talent isn't acting, it's playing Ben Affleck. This news was basically the death of Warner Bros/DC to me, this is a clear casting decision made on box office draw (chiefly overseas draw, no less) with no thought to the integrity of the project. "Ben Affleck Daredevil" was the character he played, it was Ben Affleck in a red costume, and he said he regretted the superhero costume severely. Henry Cavill's Superman was a poorly-realized character, but it wasn't due to his acting ability, it was due to a flawed script, he committed to what the script and the director asked of him entirely. How is that going to mesh with Ben Affleck Batman? Are they going to have Batman play a character in his 30s with a doofy grin on his face, or are they going to try to make him play an older, harder Batman... with a goofy grin on his face? This just bodes so poorly I want to go back to bed and wake back up and start my day over again without this news (which I got in email first from my own mother, whose email subject was "ben affleck is NOT batman").

Bottom line, go jump in a lake WB/DC, you've buried your brand under all the wrong choices and it's time for me to walk entirely, I grew up on DC over Marvel, Teen Titans and The Dark Knight Returns and CoIE and on and on, all that, but every choice the last few years has been a massive blunder and now you show your true colors, those of an ineffectual buffoon trying to scrape dollars out of the general audience's wallets with no thought to integrity whatsoever.

El Chuxter
08-23-2013, 02:34 PM


I'm scratching my head over this. It seems to be bad casting... but, then, whoever thought the goofy security guard from Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back could play such a good Batman? I'll withhold judgment (though, truth be told, even Batman probably won't get me to a theater to watch Murderer Superman II: Now With More Angst).

Darth Metalmute
08-23-2013, 07:25 PM
The good news is, I can still watch Kevin Conroy bring brilliance to the Batman role on Netflix.

Bel-Cam Jos
08-23-2013, 08:14 PM
But what if Jennifer Gardner plays Catwoman, Matt Damon is Tweedle Dee, and J-Lo is Poison Ivy?

Uh, not any different?

08-23-2013, 08:32 PM
And meanwhile..... everyone at Marvel is doing the happy dance as DC manages to screw up another film.

08-23-2013, 09:44 PM
Hold on. was the latest Wolverine movie good?

I haven't seen it yet.

El Chuxter
08-23-2013, 10:53 PM
Not sure, but it wasn't done in-house at Marvel. The bad Marvel movies have been by third-parties. DC/WB is doing a fine job of botching their own properties.

08-24-2013, 12:41 AM
I have always been a DC person. Superman, Batman and Robin, Green Lantern, the Flash, the Super Friends, Justice League. Marvel never registered with me, though I enjoyed the X-Men and first Spider-Man films, but ever since Iron Man, it has been astonishing to watch how badly DC has managed its properties in comparison to Marvel. DC has, in my opinion, the more recognized and valuable properties in Superman and Batman, and yet it is misfire after misfire. Superman Returns. Green Lantern. The Nolan films are a clear exception, but that is in part because Nolan tried to have a gritty realism separate and apart completely from the larger DC Universe. Bale's Batman simply can't exist with the other Justice League members. But now for the first time ever they were going to have Superman and Batman together in a live action film on the big screen, and they were even quoting lines from the Dark Knight Returns from Comic Con to set the tone for it. They are coming off of the highly successful profitable and acclaimed Nolan films, that repaired Batman's image in the public persona after the Kilmer-Clooney years. And so they cast Ben Affleck. Daredevil. A person that would have been miscast had he come right after George Clooney, let alone after Christian Bale.

I admit that I thought Robert Downey Jr. was a miscast for Iron Man but was delighted, but I had never seen Iron Man anywhere except in a comic book. I had no expectations. Most people did not know who Iron Man was, had never seen anyone else play Iron Man, and could not have told you who his secret identity was. Marvel really was writing on a blank page. People have VERY clear expectations of what Batman is.

The studios cannot possibly be so stupid to be surprised by people hating this idea. What is clear is that they do not care. Someone involved in the production likes Ben Affleck personally or has their "vision' so shoved up their groupthink that they think they can either win over the public or think it will be a blockbuster no matter what so who cares what people think? And they're probably right. This movie will make the same amount of money no matter who plays Batman, but wouldn't it be nice if the people making it cared? If they wanted to make the best superhero movie they could?

This feels so post modern to me. To actually see one of Kevin Smith's gang step into the boots of one of the most well known super heroes will pull me out of the film completely. No matter what they do. What they film. Or even if Ben Affleck did a great job. Because it won't be Batman. It won't be Bruce Wayne. It will be Ben Affleck. And if he smiles, for any reason, in the film, will anyone see anything but Ben Affleck?

With a well known property of this magnitude the star should not outshine the property itself. Robert Downey, Jr. can thrust a lesser known property into the public consciousness. Marlon Brando or Anthony Hopkins can provide a level of class or seriousness to what other people might have at first dismissed as hokey. Their credibility can be lent to a project. But Batman is at one of his most popular times - he did not need Ben Affleck. Do they think Affleck is their Robert Downey, Jr.? Is that why he was cast?

I have passed on a lot of films, Star Trek reboots, Indy 4. I cannot see how I will see this movie. I cannot see how I could care about anything DC puts out with this having happened. I disliked Man of Steel, but was perfectly willing to see another movie with that cast and in that universe. But not with Ben Affleck.

08-24-2013, 10:36 AM
Wow, Ben Affleck as Batman? That flushing sound was all of my hopes for this movie going down the drain.

Bel-Cam Jos
08-24-2013, 10:48 AM
Batman was always two individuals to me: the Dark Knight and Bruce Wayne. Some actors can pull off the super hero. Some can pull off the billionaire. Not too many could handle both. Michael Keaton: Bruce was better. Val Kilmer: better Batman. George Clooney: Bruce. Christian Bale: both, IMHO. Adam West: gets a pass, stamped "campy" all over it. I think Afleck would be a decent Bruce Wayne only, but his portrayal of the Penguin, Howard the Duck, or Darkwing Duck would've been a stronger casting (at least with G. Godfried as voice-over talent).

El Chuxter
08-24-2013, 11:20 AM
Reading the latest news from DC, this is all clearly a smoke screen. They threw this out to distract all the nerds so that they wouldn't be lynched when the news about the new effeminate Lobo hit. I've never wished death upon someone in the entertainment industry, but, hey, I guess there are enough deranged Lobo fans who are really ****ed off to wish death upon the DC editorial staff themselves so I don't have to worry about it.