But today, it was announced that Ben Affleck will be taking the role of The Dark Knight.
|The first actor to portray both Batman AND Superman onscreen|
While I really wanted to see Josh Brolin take the role, i'm glad with the casting decision. Sadly, that's more than I can say about the average internet user, with Twitter, Facebook and comments sections everywhere being filled with hatred at the idea of Affleck portraying The Caped Crusader.
|Not the first actor to portray more than one Superhero character|
Many of those who dislike this casting decision have put up a defense by reminding people of Affleck's other superhero role in 2003's Daredevil. While that film was far from perfect, here's the problem with using that as a defense: The film was released 10 years ago. Believe it or not, an actors performance can change over such a period of time. Just look at Matthew McConnaughey, who appeared in the mediocre Reign of Fire back in 2002 and How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days a year later, but 10 years later gave one of the years best performances in Killer Joe and continues to prove himself as a serious actor with roles in films such as Mud.
Plus, if we used bad performances and films as a reason to hate an actor, then there would be virtually nobody to like. Going by this would mean forgetting about Robert De Niro's magnificent role in Taxi Driver due to his lazy role in Little Fockers and people would be saying "Fuck Al Pacino" due to him starring in Jack and Jill, despite how amazing he was in The Godfather films and Scarface.
Just look at how Affleck has changed from where he was a decade ago. He was resigned to a consecutive number of bad films, but now, he's had critical acclaim for many of his roles, most notably in Hollywoodland, The Town and Argo, and even some award nominations, as well as award wins.
Let's face it, there isn't any superhero casting news which isn't met with moaning, but let us not forget a similar casting decision which was met with such hatred and ended up becoming one of the best portrayals of a character, not just in superhero films, but in films of any genre.
|Heath Ledger as The Joker|
The star of 10 Things I Hate About You and A Knight's Tale. Just about no one could believe that he could convincingly portray the psychopathic Clown Prince of Crime, and come 2008, we were all stunned by the performance which would later becoming posthumously awarded an Oscar. Now, I am not saying the award-winning actor could be awarded an Oscar, all I am saying is that you should give the casting choice a chance rather than do nothing but insult it, despite you having not seen Affleck portray the character on screen yet.
So yes, we may have the star of Gigli and Pearl Harbour becoming the new Batman, but could you believe that Mr Mom or Patrick Bateman would take up the same role?
Plus, at least it isn't Orlando Bloom, otherwise they'd have to rename the character Blandman.