I know I am a little late with this one, but it presents a major problem for me when breaking pop culture news occurs on a Thursday night, after I have already completed my week’s worth of blogging.
However, it’s better late than never, and this news I am about to discuss has seen such a widespread outcry that I am pretty sure it still maintains its relevancy.
So again, on Thursday, it was revealed that Ben Affleck had been cast to portray Batman in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman Marvel extravaganza.
And in one simultaneous moment, the entire Internet screamed. The reactions were so severe and so fiery, that I’m surprised its impact didn’t stretch beyond the Internet and reverberate onto the physical world. Just like how small increases in greenhouse gases can cause worldwide global warming, I expected the Internet outcry to ripple through the earth’s sound waves and cause some type of earthquake in Micronesia, or something. Maybe it did. Who knows.
The criticism manifested from people’s disbelief that Ben Affleck has the ability to pull off such a role. Because, you know, it requires so much talent to speak while wearing a mask.
Alright, fine, I don’t mean to sound pretentious or judgmental. I know there are people out there who truly are fixated on the Batman franchise, and have its best interests at heart. However, for 99 percent of people, that is not the case. And therefore, when people were posting on Facebook, or Twitter, or speaking aloud about their disagreement over Ben Affleck, I found myself wholeheartedly amused by the whole thing.
There’s no way that that many people truly care about this. They just heard the name “Ben Affleck,” and knew that the true Batman supporters would disagree with the decision, and jumped right onto the bandwagon.
I also loved how people looked back into Ben Affleck’s filmography to attempt to prove that he was incapable of it. “Remember Daredevil?” was a common mantra this past weekend.
Film producers searched far and wide for an actor to play the role. I’m sure they considered many people, and they settled on Affleck. End of story. Whether the movie is successful will not be contingent on him, but if the producers select an appropriate director and craft a compelling script.
When Superman was cast a couple of years ago, nobody said anything because it was unknown actor in Henry Cavill. He’s also British, and Americans have some weird notion in their heard that British people are amazing at everything. So nobody complained.
But when a well-known actor was chosen for Batman, people immediately reacted negatively simply because he once was in a movie called Gigli.
Affleck has been in the film industry for 20 years. He just won an Oscar. He’s directed and starred in plenty of quality movies. The good outweighs the bad.
Val Kilmer once portrayed Batman, Think about that. It’s not like this role is reserved for the holiest actors in the world and that Affleck is desecrating it. The part requires a Caucasian male, who can speak raspy when needed, and who lacks body fat. That limits the field down to every single white actor that exists minus Seth Rogen and Zach Galifianakis.
And finally, it’s not even a true Batman movie. People are acting like he was selected as Christian Bale’s successor, meanwhile, all we know is that he was chosen to play Bruce Wayne in this movie.
So, in conclusion, everyone needs to take a deep breath, settle down, and probably start worrying about more important things than who is portraying a superhero who models himself after a nocturnal rodent.