Fans are divided on the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman in the Man of Steel sequel, Batman vs. Superman. For the most part everyone falls in one of two camps: it’s either inspired and unexpected casting, or a terrible, awful choice with the potential to jeopardize the entire Warner Bros./DC franchise. And Seth Green, notable fanboy and creator Robot Chicken, where does he fall? Decidedly in that second camp.
For the most, all we’ve heard from the more famous of fans has been about the Batsuit. Kevin Smith has seen it and won’t stop gushing about it. Affleck’s wife, Jennifer Garner called the suit “unbelievable cool” and a “total reinvention.” Best buddy Matt Damon says Affleck has confided in him about not only the suit, but the script and tone of the story and also agrees Affleck’s the man for the cowl.
But really, what we know about Batfleck is very little. Affeck’s made comments of his Batman being “tired and weary and seasoned” and that in comparison to Henry Cavill’s Superman he will come off as “older and wiser.” Yet, until we actually see Batfleck, in action, all we can really do it speculate and shoot the shit.
And really? That’s all Green’s doing. In a recent interview on Larry King Now (Seriously, that guy’s still on air!?) Green aired his grievances over Batfleck,
“Modern mainstream is accepting of interpretations of these characters with more gravitas, you know. We’re past the time of Adam West’s kind of goofy interpretation of Batman.
“You gotta remember that at the core of that character, Batman’s a crazy person. Batman has no powers. Batman is a rich, screwed up kid whose parents were killed in front of him.
“If this movie is meant to be the idealistic alien, humans before all else Superman, and this is supposed to be the grizzled weathered Batman who’s been living in Gotham, fighting crime himself for 10 years, you need a guy who’s older, you need a guy who’s got more weight, you need a guy that a Henry Cavill Superman is gonna be actually scared of.”
And Affleck can’t be that guy? I’m certainly over the “Affleck’s not old enough” complaint. The man’s 41, how long would you expect Batman to be able to keep this gig going? Really? By his mid-40s Bruce’s body is probably more like a 65 year old with the amount of damage it’s had to withstand.
Anyway, King counters with, “Affleck is a very good actor, and you’re supposed to act,” to which Green responds,
“Yes, but, there is only so much that you can act a role before people are or are not going to believe you in that role.
“I’m never going to play, um, you know, an MMA fighter, because I’d step into the ring with an actual MMA fighter like Batista and I wouldn’t look correct.”
Again, I don’t know. Just imagine all the shit Affleck has had to deal with, especially from fans. First there was that Daredevil atrocity and the now all the heat he’s had to take over this Batman casting? I’m beginning to think Affleck has plenty of pent up anger and will appear to have more than enough world weariness about him to make a convincing Batman.
But that’s what I think, how about you guys? Batman vs. Superman won’t release for another two years, but I’m sure you must already have some opinion on Batfleck. Share it below!
Source: Geek Tyrant