Beware…The Benman!

The Dark (Coated) Knight
The Dark (Coated) Knight

Oh, internet – when will you learn?

No sooner had the news broken that heart-throb-turned-hypethenate Ben Affleck had signed up to play Batman in Zack Snyder’s 2015-bound follow-up to “Man of Steel”than forums, comment sections and social media went into full-on nerd meltdown mode.  Really – it’s not pretty.

Stepping back for a second, can you imagine the proverbial hot mess Snyder would have unleashed by casting, say, Robert Pattinson in the role?  It would almost have been worth it just for the epic, NeoGaf off-topic forum craziness.

Affleck, lest we forget, is actually a pretty decent actor when he’s not being a fantastic director.  Naysayers can try to skew the debate by invoking “Daredevil” (which he’s not that bad in), “Gigli” or – shudder – “Pearl Harbor” as evidence of his limitations as an actor, but it’s just as easy to remember that he did sterling work in “Dogma”, “Changing Lanes”, “Hollywoodland” (eerie!) and the double-bill of “The Town” and “Argo”, to name but some of his back catalogue.

I’m the first to admit that some of his nineties and early 2000’s output lacks, shall we say, a certain delightful consistency, but which working actor can’t ‘fess up to the same problem?  You can’t hit a home run (or a cricket century) every time you’re up batting.

How about we step back for a second and – you know – let the cameras actually roll on the movie before we wade in and start ripping about a movie project which could be seriously fricking cool?


Superman Vs Batman – the movie!

Oh San Diego ComicCon,with this news you are spoiling me...
Oh San Diego ComicCon,with this news you are spoiling me…


Zack Snyder, fresh from annoying a great many people with this summer’s “Man of Steel” – haven’t seen it yet, so I can’t comment – truly chucked the feline incursionist  amidst the pigeons yesterday by announcing that he and Warner Brothers are now working on a “Superman”/”Batman” team-up movie.

Can you say ‘license to print money’?

According to Warner’s official PR blurb, Henry Cavill and his “MoS” cast mates Diane Lane will return – no actor has yet been cast in the Batman role.   Snyder and Warner will have to get a move on, though – this out-of-left-field franchise flick is due in the summer of 2015.  Alongside, lest we forget, such small scale fare as J.J. Abrams’ “Star Wars – Episode Seven” and Joss Whedon’s newly christened “Avengers 2: Age of Ultron”.

Start saving money now, fellow fan-girls and fan-boys – 2015’s going to be a busy summer…