4 – Batfleck

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Over the summer there was big news in the movie industry when Zack Snyder announced that in 2015 there will be a sequel to his recent Man of Steel, Superman film and then got an actor from the film to read an extract from a comic book called The Dark Knight Returns followed by the Man of Steel superman symbol with a black bat behind it. This meant in 2015 Warner Bro’s will have a Batman/Superman film being released. However Christian Bale, the most recent actor to don the black cowl had already said that he was finished with the role which sparked the internet into speculation of who would be cast as the new batman. Names like Josh Brolin, Carl Urban and Ryan Gosling were suggested but ultimately the role was cast to Ben Affleck.

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This seemed to be taken quite negatively over the internet with many people claiming that Ben Affleck’s previous superhero movie, Daredevil, meant that he was a bad choice as Daredevil is generally viewed as a terrible film. Even Ben Affleck himself after Daredevil was released claimed he didn’t want to play a superhero ever again despite being a big comic book fan. However in the last few years he has taken to directing and starring in his own films like The Town and Argo. Argo even won best picture at the oscars which prompted me to buy it on Blu-ray and I really enjoyed it actually, I’m not sure if Affleck was the best actor I’ve ever seen, to be quite honest I preferred John Goodman and Bryan Cranston’s roles in the film (Bryan Cranston has also been rumoured to be cast as Lex Luthor in the sequel), but he did a solid performance and the directing seemed fine.

I haven’t even seen Man of Steel yet, at the time it was in the cinema I didn’t feel excited enough to pay 10 pound to watch the film but it looked alright in the trailers. However I really loved The Dark Knight, the other 2 in the trilogy not as much, especially The Dark Knight rises which is cluttered with plot holes. But in general anything with Batman appeals to me. Wherever or not Ben Affleck will be a good batman I don’t know because I don’t feel like I’ve seen enough of his films to know but he seems like a fairly safe choice. I would have much preferred Josh Brolin actually as I think he seems more capable of portraying a toughened bad ass kind of role.

Writing this reminded me of a gag on Family Guy about Affleck so clearly even if he is a good actor he is flawed enough or has been in the past for the writers of Family Guy to want to write the gag about him.

It may seem like it’s not important who plays the role but for Warner Brothers there is potential for them to make a lot of money of this film (even if its bad it will probably perform great in the box office anyway) and casting can be crucial to the film. Different actors are better at different roles and poor acting in the wrong role by an acting can ruin the tone of a film and take audiences out of the movie. Sometimes having big recognisable names attached to a film can bring a bigger audience in to watch the film aswell, and generally actors who are famous are famous for a reason like every Tom Cruise film may not be brilliant but he has done a fair deal of really good ones which are the reason he’s become so well known. As I said though sometimes even the best actor can be bad in the wrong role, in this context George Clooney is a great example, he has won countless awards and is incredibly famous but was awful as Batman and his Batman and Robin film with Bat nipples and unfunny puns killed the Batman franchise.

Whatever happens though the younger immature part of myself cannot comprehend a film with both Superman and Batman and them possibly fighting each other so I cannot wait. I also think it has the potential to out sell some of the other huge films being released in 2015, namely The Avengers Age of Ultron and the new Star Wars film as these 2 characters are more recognisable than the Avengers and Star Wars episode 7 will never be good enough for the die hard star wars fans and will probably be unviewable because of J.J Abram’s lense flare fetish. 2015 is definitely a year to look forward to for films.

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