The Social Caped Crusade Against Ben Affleck

Rob Sutter
Rob Sutter Writer & SEO Specialist, fishbat

Posted on August 25th 2013

The Social Caped Crusade Against Ben Affleck

ImageThis past Thursday night, it was announced that Ben Affleck would be starring as Bruce Wayne. Even though 2015 is still quite some time away, it didn’t stop the masses from responding in a multitude of fashions. While one might find a few superhero fans that couldn’t care less, the vocal majority cried foul, even to the point when #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck was trending.

The argument can be made that this hashtag is nothing short of a joke, seeing as how Tweets were made declaring Sheldon Cooper from “The Big Bang Theory” as a better alternative. As humorous as this is, it’s clear that the general consensus is Affleck isn’t the ideal choice to play Batman. His track record is not exactly spotless as far as comic book films are concerned; the only notable movie under Affleck’s belt, “Daredevil,” played a role in him earning the Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actor in 2004, topping Justin Guarani in “From Justin to Kelly” and Mike Myers in “The Cat in the Hat.”

Even though Affleck’s track record could be improved, he has a string of talented performances to boast about. “The Town,” for example, was released in 2010 and not only did Affleck star in it but he also directed and co-wrote the film. It’s understandable where passionate Batman fans are coming from, especially when Christian Bale has donned the cowl respectably between 2005 and 2012. However, instead of accepting potential change, it would appear that the public immediately doubted the potential of Affleck as a comic book character brought to the silver screen.

The period between 2005 and 2012, when Christopher Nolan was at the helm of the Batman films, showed that everyone was initially optimistic about Heath Ledger portraying the Joker in “The Dark Knight.” In fact, it was thought that “10 Things I Hate About You” and “A Knight’s Tale,” amongst other movies he’s been featured in, all but solidified him as an attractive actor who couldn’t portray arguably the most important Batman villain. Once Nolan’s second Batman film reached theaters, skeptics and critics alike were silenced. The fact that Ledger could not only act as the Joker but make the role his own brings hope to the idea that Affleck can do the same under the black armor. 

As any online marketing firm can predict, judging by the initial reactions of Affleck’s reveal as the next Batman, criticisms are going to remain until the film is released in 2015. It’s stunning to see just how tremendous of an outcry there was in response to the news and one has to wonder if this is going to change even after the movie hits theaters. The aforementioned case of Ledger was, in the eyes of many, lightning being caught in a bottle by an actor exceeding expectations and then some.

Will Affleck prove to be the next bolt secured?

Rob Sutter

Rob Sutter

Writer & SEO Specialist, fishbat

Rob Sutter is a writer & SEO specialist for fishbat, an Internet marketing firm located in Bohemia, NY. He graduated from Farmingdale State University with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Professional Communications in addition to minoring in English Literature. Outside of writing, he is an avid gamer and professional wrestling fan.

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I, as did many people around the world, heard the news of Ben Affleck's casting and exclaimed, "What? No, that's a terrible idea." Since the news has broke, I've had time to think this over. Unfortunately for Ben Affleck, people are going to look at his past performances (remember Gigli and Jersey Girl?), rather than his recent successes in Argo and The Town. Also, you see this happy, go-lucky guy with Jennifer Garner and wonder if he can truly become Batman. I think Christian Bale is so iconic for playing  Batman that people forget who has actually played the comic hero in the past. Remember George Clooney, Val Kilmer, and Michael Keaton? I think I'd have to go back and see if those were good casting decisions now that I've seen Bale's performances. He epitomizes Batman for so many people simply because he has that dark, brooding character dead-on. Ultimately, the Batman franchise is a business and if the backlash against Ben Affleck's casting hurts sales at the theater, they may realize their mistake the hard way. I hope, for the sake of the franchise, that Affleck truly becomes this character and fans say "Wow" instead of "What" at the movies in 2015. 

I completely understand where you're coming from because I felt the same way when I heard the news. I did not think that Ben Affleck was going to do well as Batman and even now I still have my concerns. However, after you take a deep breath and go back to assess the matter, you start to realize that you've seen less of the positive potential behind it. Fans are going to lambaste Affleck until 2015 and even after if the Man of Steel sequel isn't up to snuff.

However, I remember fans feeling the same way about Michael Keaton before the Tim Burton films came out. "Mr. Mom" and "Batman" are two names which are worlds apart. Look at how well Keaton did. I may hold my reservations but I'm willing to give this a chance and I hope that fans warm up to the idea in due time as well.


Thank you for your post, Amanda!

 

The buzz concerning Ben Affleck becoming the new Batmas shows how social media has taken over our lives.  If it wasn't for Twitter and Facebook, I would have never known that a new Batman movie was coming out in the first place.  This social media phenomenon has greatly impacted our society, in good ways and in bad.  The good being, the ability to share information in seconds.  The bad being, the ridicule that actors, such as Ben Affleck, have to endure to do what they love.  We've got to take the good with the bad, I guess!

Social media is nothing short of a monster and it's given so much attention to stories that might not have gained it otherwise. The "Batman" franchise is one of the most recognizable but would Affleck have garnered such an Internet backlash had Twitter, Facebook or what have you not been created? In my mind, probably not. As far as Affleck as Batman is concerned, one of two results is going to occur. Either Affleck is going to perform stellarly as Bruce Wayne and fans have to eat their own words or Affleck won't perform to high expectations, proving said fans right. We will have to see what happens comes 2015.

Thank you for the post, Julia!