It definitely seems trendy to bitch about Ben Affleck right now. I was as surprised as anyone when I heard he was cast as Batman in the Man of Steel sequel, but is it really worth the pitchforks-and-torches campaign that seems to have erupted on the Internet?? I mean, I know he's been in his share of bad films (as have most actors who have been in movies as long as he has), but hasn't he earned a bit of slack in recent years? I read a good article about the casting decision today, and I recommend you check it out HERE.
I for one have been a fan of his directing work on Gone Baby Gone, The Town and Argo, as well as his acting in the latter two movies. I enjoyed Hollywoodland, and his smaller role in State of Play. Like the article said, he's taken a step back from blockbusters and worked on smaller projects which undoubtedly make much money, but garner higher praise from critics. And who knows, he might just pull off an older, battle-wisened Batman with class. Personally I thought he did nothing wrong in Daredevil, but the supporting characters were more like caricatures, and the script was largely lacking. And by lacking, I mean shit.
But this movie is in pre-production! It doesn't open for another TWO YEARS! Fanboys just need to chill out and judge it when it's finished. I for one am just glad Ryan Gosling didn't get the part. One can only imagine a vision of Batman driving around in the Batmobile or on the Batbike, staring vacantly into the distance, being given only 3 lines of dialogue because it makes him "cooler". Just kidding, I'm not going to hate on Gosling like everyone hates on Batfleck.
But really, thank God it's not Gosling ;-)
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