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Kryptonite’s Got Nothing on Ben Affleck

Which idea is worse, Affleck as Batman, or Nicolas Cage as Superman?

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Walter Hudson

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August 23, 2013 - 6:34 am
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If you need help digesting the news that Ben Affleck has been cast to play Batman in the 2015 sequel to Man of Steel, feast upon the “true Hollywood story” above. In it, Kevin Smith relates the tale of how he came within a hairsbreadth of writing a Superman film which would have been directed by Batman auteur Tim Burton and starred Nicolas Cage as the super-powered Kryptonian. Smith demonstrates in entertaining detail the fundamental problem which plagues the development of big-budget blockbusters, namely executives and producers whose talents belong in the business office taking creative control of properties they know nothing about.

This almost happened.

This almost happened.

While the overwhelming majority of reaction on social media to the news about Affleck as the Caped Crusader has been negative, the occasional Pollyanna pipes in to remind us of how we first reacted to the casting of Christian Bale in Batman Begins and Heath Ledger as the Joker in The Dark Knight. Indeed, Affleck may surprise us all with an inspired performance none could reasonably expect. I’m not taking that bet though.

Some of the better reaction on Twitter:

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Walter Hudson advocates for individual rights, serving on the boards of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Minnesota, Minnesota Majority and the Minority Liberty Alliance. He maintains a blog and daily podcast entitled Fightin Words and co-hosts the weekly podcast Liberty Tree Radio. He also contributes to True North, a hub of conservative Minnesotan commentary, and regularly appears on the Twin Cities News Talk Weekend Roundtable on KTCN AM 1130. Follow his work via Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube.

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I'll never understand people like you. As though if we ever take so much as a second to talk about something fun it means we don't care about The Big Important Issues Of The Day.

Relax, man. It's not like Obama will stop being President and the NSA will behave if we give up our recreation.
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Whether Affleck turns out to ba a good OR bad choice, I'd still rather see Nic Cage's Superman. There's no way it COULDN'T have been one of the most riveting, meme-generating train wrecks of all time.
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The news has revealed that Obama is being swamped with requests to intervene and get this casting decision changed. While I know that most of the posters responding here are serious people indulging in a bit of fun, there are armies of less enlightened young people to whom who plays a cartoon character in a movie takes precedence over everything else, except maybe where to stick the next tattoo on their overly inked bodies. This is indicative of a culture tumbling head first into decline and, if Obama honors all these requests (which, knowing his adolescent inclinations and view of himself as the ultimate pop cultural icon, isn't out of the question) it's already too late.
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Affleck was excellent as George Reeves, the actor who played in the old Superman TV series. Affleck has had some failures as an actor and is riddled with self doubt. He was able to tap into this quite effectively in his portrayal of Reeves. Batman is kind of a dark character and I think Affleck is a good choice. His work directing his brother Casey Affleck in Gone Baby, Gone was excellent. We must work to build alliances with decent liberals like Affleck.
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Ugh.. Affleck is such a dull, wood-like choad!

Affleck ONLY knows how to play, convincingly might I add - the d-bag bully.

The movies 'Dazed & Confused' and 'Mallrats' showcases inasmuch.

Hasn't ANYONE at WB seen 'Daredevil'? For we all know how this train wreck is going to end.

As for the equally as terrible actor - Nick Cage nearly donning the blue and red cape.. thank Christ!

Cage, without a doubt has thee worst hair plugs I have ever seen. Seriously, Dum-dum Biden has better plugs and it goes without saying his too are dreadful.
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Eh.

They should get Keaunu Reeves as Batman and the blond guy from "Bill and Ted" for Robin. Now THAT would be funny!

"Whooooaaaaaa, Robin, its, like, totally the Penguin!"
"Yeah, that dude is so totally bogus! Maybe if we, like, blast Iron Maiden he'll go away."
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"Some men just want to watch bad films" - Alfred Pennyworth
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For the record:
I didn't object when they cast Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman. And I loved him as Batman.
I wasn't so sure about Bale when he was cast, but after his first Batman movie I was sold.
I never had an objection when they cast Heath Ledger as the Joker. Nolan knew what he was doing.
I've never been a fan of Ben Affleck as an actor, so this is the first Batman movie casting choice I've been genuinely disappointed with. I thought they were going to go with an actor who is a little bit older. Josh Brolin would have been a great choice.
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That's because Keaton proved he could play some tough roles, not just comedies in his heyday.

'Clean & Sober' stood out for me. As well as 'Dream Team'. The late-Peter Boyle's character from Dream Team was memorable as well.

Of course Beetlejuice..

While some of the above movies weren't big hits, Keaton's acting was top notch.

Though Keaton sold his acting soul and the 80's consisted of him doing mostly shlock-type movies.

Ron Howard directed-movies. Mediocre co-stars/ actresses etc.

Also, HOW could you have been on the fence about Bale pre-Batman?

Empire of the Sun, Newsies, American Psycho, The Machinist etc.,

Heck I'll admit he was decent in Little Women..!

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Awesome. Best Walter Hudson post. Until Ben Afflict is running around in Bat tighties, that is.
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Now I so want to see Cage as Superman with Affleck as Batman with Damon as Robin ... ALL IN THE SAME MOVIE!! That would be so much awful it would be awesome. Now if they could just find a role for Jar Jar Binks in all that ... Maybe the Penguin?
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Nicholas Cage? Kinda like seeing my grandpa put on my 3-year-old nephew's Superman PJs.
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