Fans go batsh#% crazy over Ben
Published: Friday, September 6, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 6, 2013 11:09
An uproar was heard when it was announced on Aug. 22 that Ben Affleck, the ex-“Daredevil” actor, would be cast as Batman in the upcoming Batman/Superman film.
Twitter spiraled out of control with comments bashing the future Caped Crusader and other comments defending the actor/director.
Mathew Howard, a junior history major of Paragould, is on the defending side of the issue.
“I personally believe that Ben Affleck has the potential to be a spectacular Batman. He has greatly matured as an actor in the last several years,” Howard said. “He’s done great directing work, I think he’ll be able to take direction perfectly for the better of the movie.”
Howard said many of his friends’ opinions have been mixed, but they lean towards disagreeing with the casting.
Alex Edwards, a senior psychology major of Paragould, is one student who is against Affleck wearing the cape and bat ears.
“Ben Affleck should not have been cast for the role. He has already been the superhero Daredevil and he didn’t play the part well,” Edwards said. “He is a great actor overall, but from what I’ve seen, he isn’t superhero material, much less Batman, the greatest superhero, material.”
Affleck is not the first to receive backlash for winning the role of Batman. According to Entertainment Weekly, comic-book fans wrote to Warner Bros. by the thousands, arguing that an actor like Michael Keaton, then best known for comedies, was unfit to play Batman. Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Christian Bale, and even Heath Ledger, as the Joker, stirred a few doubts about their roles.
“We must all remember that the man who played Beetlejuice dawned the cowl,” Howard said. “Ledger and Hathaway showed us what could happen when you throw typecasting out the window.”
While promoting “Hollywoodland” in 2006, Affleck played George Reeves, the late “Superman” star. Affleck reportedly said, “Wearing a costume was a source of humiliation for me, and something I wouldn’t want to do again soon,” according to Entertainment weekly.
“I’ve been a Batman fan since I was 3-years-old and I feel very strongly that they made the wrong choice,” Edwards said.
According to USAToday.com and Fizziology, a social-media research firm, 71 percent of the 96,088 tweets in the first hour after the news broke were negative. 10 percent of those referred to Affleck’s previous superhero role as a reason.
A petition broke online asking the studio to reconsider the casting collected 75,000 signatures within the first few days, according to Entertainment Weekly.
There is much that isn’t certain. What is certain is that an Academy Award winning actor will be playing the dark hero and will have a lot to live up to.
“I say give it time, and I’m sure we’ll all be agreeing with Affleck when he says ‘I’m Batman’ before we know it,” Howard said.
Good luck Batffleck!