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    I felt this deserved its own thread. I like Ben Affleck, but this is a mistake.

    http://www.deadline.com/2013/08/ben-...-superman-pic/
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  • #2
    This is going to be an absolute disaster of a film. Any respect and good will that the Nolan films have built up will be swept away very quickly.
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    • #3
      I dunno. Guess I'm just not that quick to judge. While the Daredevil movie was bad, IMHO that wasn't because of Affleck. This could be a good and interesting choice. I will wait and see...

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      • #4
        I... really don't care. Affleck is an actor. Sometimes he's in good movies, sometimes not. If I cared about these characters, I'd worry more about who is going to write and direct this (i.e. Goyer and Snyder).
        Last edited by Jonas; 08-23-2013, 05:19 AM.
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        • #5
          My opinion is that I like Affleck, but he can't be used to improve on what Bale/Nolan brought to the table. This move just shows that they want you to think they are getting an Academy Award winner so it should be good. The reality is that they have no interest in making "Good" Batman movies anymore because they already have those. They want merchandising Batman movies, so they put a name in the suit; throw Batman and Superman together; total saturation advertising like they did with Man of Steel; cross their fingers that it will make a billion dollars. Unfortunately for them it is a move like this that already starts the negative media rolling against them. Will that eventually take effect and ruin their plan John Carter style?! I doubt it. All WB wants and needs is for kids to see the headline "Superman and Batman Together" and for their parents to shell out the moola. Almost two years away and I am already losing interest in seeing this in the theater.
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          • #6
            Casting Ben Affleck to play Batman is like casting John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart or Jerry Lewis to play the part.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Jonas View Post
              I... really don't care. Affleck is an actor. Sometimes he's in good movies, sometimes not. If I cared about these characters, I'd worry more about who is going to write and direct this (i.e. Goyer and Snyder).
              Agreed. Snyder couldn't direct himself out of a box.
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              • #8
                http://www.firstshowing.net/2013/fun...k-batman-news/

                Fans Take to Twitter: Fun Reactions to the Ben Affleck Batman News

                by Alex Billington
                August 23, 2013

                https://twitter.com/wilw
                Originally posted by Wil Wheaton
                Really looking forward to seeing Affleck bring the depth and gravitas to Batman that he brought to Daredevil and Gigli.
                9:06 PM - 22 Aug 2013
                Last edited by Dan Dassow; 08-23-2013, 08:43 PM.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Dan Dassow View Post
                  Casting Ben Affleck to play Batman is like casting John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart or Jerry Lewis to play the part.
                  I would watch all of those! Especially Stewart.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Dan Dassow View Post
                    Casting Ben Affleck to play Batman is like casting John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart or Jerry Lewis to play the part.
                    Originally posted by Jonas View Post
                    I would watch all of those! Especially Stewart.
                    After thinking about this, all three would be enjoyable as Batman. I will reserve judgement on Ben Affleck being Batman. However, I simply do not think it will work.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Dan Dassow View Post
                      I will reserve judgement on Ben Affleck being Batman. However, I simply do not think it will work.
                      Didn't everybody say pretty much the same thing, at pretty much the same volume when Heath Ledger was announced as the Joker?

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                      • #12
                        With regard to the Ledger announcement, I think the negative responses came from it seeming like an odd choice. I think any negative reaction to the Ben Affleck announcement stems from two camps. One camp is people who don't want to see the star of Daredevil and Gigli playing Batman, or people who just don't like him. The other camp are people who see this as being akin to the Schumacher era choices - based more on getting big names to put money in the box office as opposed to producing a real quality product.
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                        • #13
                          My complaint is the whole reboot issue. ENOUGH ALREADY Hollywood!!!. I am getting sick and tired of getting an origin story then 2 sequels, followed by an origin story and 2 sequels, then the great surprise of......an origin story and 2 sequels. Why can't they just treat it like the comic books. Granted we do occasionally get reboots but not near the number they keep doing. We get it. Peter Parker was bitten by a spider, we know who his friends and enemies are. now give us stories that continue beyond that. The same goes for Bats and any other costumed hero.
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                          • #14
                            Money, Money, Money. The longer a series goes the more expensive it gets to keep the same people. The actors want more money for sequels that will probably make less money. That is a basic and very simplified explanation of how it works. Marvel has developed a brilliant strategy, but even now it is getting to the point where they may have a problem if they want to make an Iron Man 4 with Robert Downey, Jr. Luckily they already have him contracted for at least one more Avengers, but then what and what about their other stars?!

                            In the minds of Execs a reboot gives the franchise a fresh new look and for some reason the buying public keeps eating it up.
                            Last edited by Looney; 08-27-2013, 10:51 PM.
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Ranger 6 and 7/8 View Post
                              My complaint is the whole reboot issue. ENOUGH ALREADY Hollywood!!!. I am getting sick and tired of getting an origin story then 2 sequels, followed by an origin story and 2 sequels, then the great surprise of......an origin story and 2 sequels. Why can't they just treat it like the comic books. Granted we do occasionally get reboots but not near the number they keep doing. We get it. Peter Parker was bitten by a spider, we know who his friends and enemies are. now give us stories that continue beyond that. The same goes for Bats and any other costumed hero.
                              Whilst I agree with the thrust of your argument, if the reports are to be believed, a lot of effort was expended, and a lot of money dangled, to try and persuade Bale to take the Batman role in this movie but he declined.

                              From what I have read about this movie, it doesn't sound like a reboot.
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