Ben Affleck is your new Batman. In the summer of 2015, Superman will throw down with the multiple Academy Award winner. This may not be the hero Gotham wanted but it is the hero it is going to get now and the Internet handled the news in its usual calm, mature and reasoned way.
NERD RAGE! BEN AFFLECK? NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!
Their wrath took shape as a petition on Change.org declaring: His acting skill is not even close to being believable as Bruce Wayne and he won’t do the role justice. He’s not built, nor is he intimidating enough for the role of Batman. His portrayal of Daredevil was atrocious and he’s not remotely close to an action star. Please find someone else.
The petition has close to 50,000 signatures and that is close to 50,000 people who seriously need to get a life.
Twitter started trending as soon as the news broke and the best comment I read was in reaction to the irrational hateration, “There is no one who could have played Batman that the internet would have liked. The internet hates things. It’s what the internet does.”
Which isn’t completely true. If Warner Brothers had been able to get Christian Bale to put back on the Bat-suit for another turn or been able to get Joseph Gordon-Levett to put it on at all, The internet would be VERY happy.
If I were an executive at Warner Brothers, I would be high-fiving every hand in sight over the Internet losing its collective SHIT about the Affleck-as-Batman “controversy.”
It is a bad idea to make any decisions based upon what the Internet does or does not like. The Internet liked Snakes On A Plane and you see how well that turned out. Heeding the advice of someone who knows what is in every compartment of Batman’s utility belt and Aunt Harriet’s last name but has never produced, written, directed or raised one dime to make a summer tent pole film is probably not the smart move to make.
The same fanboys who are bitching relentlessly today are the same ones whom in 2015 will have their moms drive them to the multiplex on the opening night of “Superman vs. Batman” where they will buy a giant tub of popcorn, soak it in faux butter, buy a 40 oz Coke and plant their asses in the first row so they can bitch relentlessly how bad Affleck is as Batman.
Seems to me that turned out pretty much okay.
I’m sure Affleck will be fine. All he has to do is be better than Daredevil.
How hard could that be? Bat… Ben Affleck addressed the angry hordes amassed against him.
You’ll hunt me. You’ll condemn me. Set the dogs on me. Because that’s what needs to happen. You have nothing, nothing to threaten me with. Nothing to do with all your strength. I like this job – I like it! And… here… we… go!
- Petitions Call for Ben Affleck’s Removal from Batman/Superman Movie (comicbookresources.com)
- 15 Suggestions for a Better Batman Than Ben Affleck (mashable.com)
- Why Ben Affleck as Batman in Superman vs. Batman is not such a bad thing (metro.co.uk)