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Batman is cast...
« on: August 23, 2013, 02:16:36 AM »
Ben Affleck has been reported to be cast as the new Batman.  I dunno.  I'm sure a bunch of folks are gonna be up in arms about this and needless to say the name Daredevil will be invoked as exhibit A.  I'm cautiously optimistic.  Ben has been showing a slight degree of talent since Hollywoodland and has been keeping his nose clean as far as stinker films go.

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« Reply #1 on: August 23, 2013, 02:32:48 AM »
and yet I don't think he has the gravitas to pull it off. to be both the intimidating Dark Knight and the playboy Bruce Wayne. he is a good actor, but that's  very specific talent set to call on.

what bothers me more though... if they really want batmanslashsuperman to be out by summer 2015, they need to start principal photography within the next few weeks. that does not bode well for quality story telling
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« Reply #2 on: August 23, 2013, 02:40:50 AM »
It's as if millions of DC comic geeks suddenly cried out in terror...

As good as he was in Argo and The Town, I don't know if he could play millionaire playboy by day, scary vigilante detective at night.
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« Reply #3 on: August 23, 2013, 02:50:16 AM »
Well, heck why go with Affleck when you've got a guy like Val Kilmer around. Best thing about him is he already has experience with the roll.... :roll:

I think Affleck could do a good Bruce Wayne, but I just can't see him as Batman at all. Even if he does a stupid semi-demonic voice: "WHARISLOIS?!?!"

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« Reply #4 on: August 23, 2013, 02:51:37 AM »
dude, have you seen kilmer lately?
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« Reply #5 on: August 23, 2013, 03:09:51 AM »
I'll say it.

I think it's an inspired choice.  I like it.  Works for me.




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« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2013, 03:12:17 AM »
Well, heck why go with Affleck when you've got a guy like Val Kilmer around. Best thing about him is he already has experience with the roll.... :roll:

I think Affleck could do a good Bruce Wayne, but I just can't see him as Batman at all. Even if he does a stupid semi-demonic voice: "WHARISLOIS?!?!"
Uh. Val Kilmer is a creepy old dude these days. He could lose the weight he's put on, but he just looks creepy.
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Re: Batman is cast...
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2013, 03:59:31 AM »
Uh. Val Kilmer is a creepy old dude these days. He could lose the weight he's put on, but he just looks creepy.
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« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2013, 04:22:48 AM »

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« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2013, 05:25:31 AM »
i think it is a bad choice imo. i think jensen ackles from supernatural would make a good choice.
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Re: Batman is cast...
« Reply #10 on: August 23, 2013, 06:53:57 AM »


I didn't think much of Man Of Steel...
Really thought less of the next movie including Batman...

Haha, at least this cast decision has provided some entertaining reactions from people.
I'm not sure that naming any other actor (that was believable) could have created quite the same reaction.

I'll not entirely doubt his ability, but I'm not really thinking very highly of this at all. That is mostly the director though. I doubt it would really matter who they cast... unless it was Bale... then I would have been intrigued.

We shall see!

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« Reply #11 on: August 23, 2013, 08:59:50 AM »
Well, heck why go with Affleck when you've got a guy like Val Kilmer around. Best thing about him is he already has experience with the roll.... :roll:

I think Affleck could do a good Bruce Wayne, but I just can't see him as Batman at all. Even if he does a stupid semi-demonic voice: "WHARISLOIS?!?!"

Don't think Kilmer is interested anymore.

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« Reply #12 on: August 23, 2013, 11:04:54 AM »
I've also read reports that Kilmer was notoriously difficult to work with as Batman.  Can't say I can blame him with how he describes wearing the suit.
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Re: Batman is cast...
« Reply #13 on: August 23, 2013, 10:59:23 PM »
Ben Affleck has been reported to be cast as the new Batman.  I dunno.  I'm sure a bunch of folks are gonna be up in arms about this and needless to say the name Daredevil will be invoked as exhibit A.  I'm cautiously optimistic.  Ben has been showing a slight degree of talent since Hollywoodland and has been keeping his nose clean as far as stinker films go.


My problem with Afleck is the same one I had with Clooney. I can see them as millionare playboy - not as a vigilante crime fighter. Certainly not as someone with the gravitas to stand up to Superman.

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« Reply #14 on: August 23, 2013, 11:36:36 PM »
Heh, I'm old enough to remember the blood curdling screams that arose from general comic book fandom when they heard Michael Keaton was going to be Batman in the film that was released in '89...  I'm not overly impressed with Ben Affleck's acting, since he seems to almost always play the same basic role, in most of the movies I've seen with him in it.  Then again, I've seen a lot of worse actors. (Why, oh why didn't they choose Nicholas Cage???) GRIN!!!  Of course, perhaps they envision Bruce Wayne to be as blind as a bat in this version.

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« Reply #15 on: August 24, 2013, 02:31:53 AM »
Saw mention of this on Fox News earlier, and kind of agreed with the news anchor's suggestion. Get Adam West to put the 'ol tights and cowl back on. ;)

Seriously though, not seeing Afleck as "Batman material", and I don't think he's ever really had a real "dark" role to showcase him being anything other than a "quirky/humorous" save his role in Dogma, and even that was too humorous to be considered serious(granted the movie was a Comedy...)...

I'm willing to give the benefit of the doubt, but my gut says it's a poor choice and will either help tank the movie, or he'll be replaced before filming begins...

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« Reply #16 on: August 24, 2013, 03:03:00 AM »
There's an article floating about how he was the "safe" choice given his potential relationship with the studio and his bankability as a director.  Hopefully, this isnt the only reason he was chosen and that he actually wowed Snyder and company in an audition.  It's bittersweet news because as talented I think Bale is, the over-the-top bat voice would have driven me bonkers.  Just imagining what a conversation with superman would sound like makes me cringe. 

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« Reply #17 on: August 24, 2013, 03:06:20 AM »
While this does seem a little left field, so was casting an Australian ex-soap actor to play The Joker, so this could turn out to be interesting - but at the same time, the overall direction of this current attempt at a Superman franchise could also see him becoming the new George Clooney :P
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« Reply #18 on: August 24, 2013, 03:39:11 AM »
While this does seem a little left field, so was casting an Australian ex-soap actor to play The Joker, so this could turn out to be interesting - but at the same time, the overall direction of this current attempt at a Superman franchise could also see him becoming the new George Clooney :P
Exactly. I could go either way on Affleck personally... but any movie based around Man of Steel automatically goes in the shite pile for me it would have to be plated in gold and do unmentionable things to me for the price of the ticket to even get me into the theater.

We want Daniel Day Luis as Batman, and the Cohen Brothers directing; not Zack Snyder's Mallbats
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« Reply #19 on: August 24, 2013, 05:33:15 AM »
Affleck?

Cavill?

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« Reply #20 on: August 24, 2013, 07:17:03 AM »
Is this going to be the style of batman we had in the former movies and the animated series and not the one that was in the Dark Knight crap? Dark Knight was interesting and all but I liked the previous batman movies more. They were more true to the comic and less of a hollywood thing.

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« Reply #21 on: August 24, 2013, 08:24:37 PM »
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you know, if it wasn't all based on MoS... I'd actually be interested i seeing it.
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« Reply #22 on: August 25, 2013, 12:55:24 AM »
Agreed, Eoraptor. Agreed.
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« Reply #23 on: August 25, 2013, 01:26:35 AM »
The Batman films remind me of a group of drunk frat boys in a costume store, passing around a rubber mask to try on, and laugh as they cough up stupid one-liners. These Golden Heads they are pulling from hollywood, and stuffing into the black suit in order to sell tickets is just sickening to me. A stain upon the character and concept in general.

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« Reply #24 on: August 25, 2013, 03:27:53 AM »
Didn't Affleck piddle all over the idea of playing another superhero after "Daredevil"?
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« Reply #25 on: August 25, 2013, 05:06:42 AM »
Didn't Affleck piddle all over the idea of playing another superhero after "Daredevil"?

As much as I disagree with the casting of Aflac, who in their right mind would turn down playing Batman? There was even a rumor about a week ago saying that Bale was considering coming back (mostly cause of the astronomical paycheck).

Also people keep bringing up Ledger as the Joker, but in my mind, that was a freak occurrence of perfection that will likely not happen again for a long time. I sure hope BA spends a lot of time reading Batman comics and watching TAS to get ready for this role.

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« Reply #26 on: August 25, 2013, 08:16:56 AM »
Listen, everyone agrees they like Tommy Lee Jones (at least, I think they do), and yet, IMO, his portrayal of Two-Face was the most horrific thing to come out of any Batman move. It's just embarrassing to watch him attempt to do non-stop maniacal laughing at everything that Jim Carrey (Riddler) said. Worse than Carrey's chewing the scenery. Worse than Arnold's Mr. Freeze. Worse than nippled armor. It's.... horrendous. On top of that, it was pretty obvious that the 'holes' in his face was painted on make-up.

So, you have a great actor failing and those expected to do poorly (Keaton and Ledger) doing well.

Anyone who says now that Affleck is going to do a bad job... or an excellent one... is talking out the wrong side of their alimentary canal.


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« Reply #27 on: August 25, 2013, 04:12:58 PM »
Worse than nippled armor.

Let me stop you right there, good sir. I don't think it's possible to be worse than bat nipples... :P

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« Reply #28 on: August 25, 2013, 05:11:39 PM »
Let me stop you right there, good sir. I don't think it's possible to be worse than bat nipples... :P

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« Reply #29 on: August 25, 2013, 05:56:13 PM »
Saw mention of this on Fox News earlier, and kind of agreed with the news anchor's suggestion. Get Adam West to put the 'ol tights and cowl back on. ;)


What if and I'm just throwing this out randomely here they get Affleck to play Batman Beyond(Terry McGinnis) and get Adam West to play old man Bruce Wayne. Batman Beyond has jet boots it would probably make fighting along side Superman much easier. IDK just what me and some friends were thinking.

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« Reply #30 on: August 25, 2013, 11:40:31 PM »
It could be worse....I just stumbled across the fact that Ryan Reynolds is being cast as the new Highlander....

The rom-com is a new spin for the franchise I guess...

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« Reply #31 on: August 26, 2013, 03:03:57 AM »
It could be worse....I just stumbled across the fact that Ryan Reynolds is being cast as the new Highlander....

The rom-com is a new spin for the franchise I guess...
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« Reply #32 on: August 26, 2013, 02:10:27 PM »
I fall firmly in the "I'll give Affleck a chance with this" camp.

There are several things going for him:

1) His experience playing Daredevil.  Now I'll completely agree that overall the Daredevil movie was very crappy.  But if you forget about the story/plot/directing of that movie and just focus in on Affleck's individual acting/fighting ability he actually did a fairly decent job.  As a long time comic geek I think he'll be able to avoid many of the problems that movie had and help make something better this time.

2) Affleck can act.  Say what you will about silly movies like Gigli but Affleck himself is a pretty decent actor as long as he has a good movie to work with. Clearly he has name recognition and is seasoned enough that he'll probably serve in a pseudo-mentor role for the younger Cavill.

The only real problem I have with Affleck in this role is getting past the idea of seeing "Ben Affleck in a Batsuit".  Henry Cavill had a fairly easy time becoming Superman because he was a relative unknown actor.  As an established actor Affleck's going to have to work the extra mile to help convince the audience that he's actually Wayne/Batman and not just Affleck pretending to be Batman.  Even with this "problem" I think he has a decent chance to pull it off.

Remember that most people hated the idea of Michael Keaton as Batman and Heath Ledger as The Joker.  For this movie Affleck doesn't even need to be absolutely perfect because more than likely he'll be playing second-fiddle to Cavill's Superman.

Is this going to be the style of batman we had in the former movies and the animated series and not the one that was in the Dark Knight crap? Dark Knight was interesting and all but I liked the previous batman movies more. They were more true to the comic and less of a hollywood thing.

In the overall spectrum of Batman portrayals (with Adam West at one end and Christian Bale at the other) I suspect that Affleck's version will be a notch or two less "severe" than Bale's.  He'll probably interject a bit of witty, dry humor (especially as Wayne) to counterbalance Cavill's slightly rigid/messianic version of Supes.
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« Reply #33 on: August 28, 2013, 12:59:14 PM »
I too am in the "I'll give Affleck a chance with this" camp, for the reasons Lothic cited, and for one more...

The level of fannish butthurtitude over this casting choice reminds me of the whining that ensued when Keaton was cast as Batman for the 1989 Burton flick, AND the whining insults that erupted when Heath Ledger was cast as the Joker for "The Dark Knight" has pushed me from indifference to the casting to "Oh man, no I wanna see this. Bring it on!" enthusiasm.

Battfleck, HO!

That said, the fact that its based on MOS and will supposedly be a sequel to that flick again gives me cause for concern...and irritation.

What if and I'm just throwing this out randomely here they get Affleck to play Batman Beyond(Terry McGinnis) and get Adam West to play old man Bruce Wayne. Batman Beyond has jet boots it would probably make fighting along side Superman much easier. IDK just what me and some friends were thinking.
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« Reply #34 on: August 29, 2013, 03:46:35 AM »
I'm willing to give Affleck a chance. Maybe he can do batman's voice without needing a riccola after each scene.  :P He  may be wise enough to get some pointers on doing bats/ wayne's voice from batman the animated series.

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« Reply #35 on: August 29, 2013, 02:16:31 PM »
We need a Bat actor to distinguish himself from the crowd by using a high pitch falsetto instead.

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« Reply #36 on: August 29, 2013, 06:38:10 PM »
We need a Bat actor to distinguish himself from the crowd by using a high pitch falsetto instead.

If I had any Photoshop skills I'd give you Barry Gibb in a batsuit.

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« Reply #37 on: August 30, 2013, 04:30:06 PM »
We need a Bat actor to distinguish himself from the crowd by using a high pitch falsetto instead.

The first voice he uses in this is the closest I could find...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOg3ZE3hNQc

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« Reply #38 on: August 31, 2013, 01:07:13 AM »
The first voice he uses in this is the closest I could find...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOg3ZE3hNQc

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