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5 Reasons Casting Ben Affleck As Batman Isn’t Really Armageddon

21 Jun

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The surprising news of Ben Affleck being cast as the new Batman in the sequel to this summer’s Man of Steel has nearly broken the Internet. While some have responded with acclaim and praise on the casting call, others have derided the decision, flooding message boards with negative comments, signing White House petitions for removal, and even going so far as to make death threats.

While these contemptuous reactions can be most accurately described as hyperbole, lets all take a deep breathe and calm ourselves. It’s not like there is an impending ‘Armageddon’ as an asteroid barrels towards Earth and we have no more than a rag-tag oil rig crew to save all of humanity. Nor are we any longer confronting the ‘Sum Of All Fears’ facing down a nuclear apocalypse relying only on a rogue CIA analyst to save all of humanity. We aren’t even faced with the deadliest weapon of mass destruction of all anymore, as ‘Bennifer’ has been long defunct and their aborted love-child Gigli remains the only scant memory of their relationship as the breakup may have not only saved all of humanity, in addition to Affleck’s then-stalled acting career as well.

Ben Affleck’s Oscar-winning resurgence in Hollywood has recast him from former big-time flop-artist to sure-fire hit-maker, turning out and starring in successes like The Town and Argo. While these fantastic turns have swayed Academy members and critics alike, online comic book fans appear to be polarized on the choice of Affleck.

Love him or hate him, he is due respect and here are five reasons why casting Ben Affleck as Batman isn’t the end of the world. In fact, it might be the ingredient needed to spark the “Big Bang” of the DC Cinematic Universe to truly get off the ground and flourish.

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10 Reasons Superman Would Definitely Beat Up Batman

10 May


It’s the age-old question in comic fandom: who would win in a fight? In fact, it’s such a popular question that it’s now become a clich for two superheroes to meet in a story, duke it out, and then later realize they’re on the same side and team-up against a common threat. An untold number of comic book stories have been based on this concept, including but certainly not limited to Avengers vs. X-Men, Alien vs. Predator, RoboCop vs. Terminator, Civil War, JLA/Avengers, even Marvel vs. DC. One of the most-famous match-ups is DC’s pre-eminent superheroes, Superman and Batman.

They’ve faced each other a few times in the comics and now it’s coming to the big screen in the form of Warner Brothers’ 2015 film, Batman vs. Superman. Recently, my WhatCulture colleague Sam Thorne wrote an article discussing ten reasons why the Dark Knight would win in a confrontation with the Man of Steel, and you’re encouraged to check it out here. So I decided to take a look at it from the other end of the spectrum and come up with scenarios where Superman would win.

Of course it should be noted that both heroes have their fair share of advantages. Superman is an alien with a vast array of superhuman abilities. Batman, while he lacks the power for a direct physical confrontation, is a master of stealth and subterfuge-his secret weapon isn’t his gadgets or his vehicles, but his mind. So let’s see how a fight like this would break out.

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Ben Affleck on Batfleck Backlash: ‘I Handle Sh*t’

2 Mar

No one was surprised when the Internet erupted with an onslaught of hate when news that Ben Affleck was cast as Batman in the new Man of Steel sequel. Well, no one except the actor himself.

The two-time Oscar winner sat down for an interview on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Monday night and spoke candidly about his reaction to the fallout from the casting announcement, saying that despite being a “big boy,” he still wasn’t prepared for just how harsh the Internet could be.

“[Warner Bros.] said, ‘Just don’t use the Internet for a couple days,’ and I said, ‘I handle sh*t. I’m very tough,'” he said. “So I saw the announcement, I look on this thing, I look down at the first comment – it’s like, ‘Ben Affleck is going to be Batman,’ – the first one just goes ‘Nooooooo!’

“So we’re going to be luddites for a while, kids,” Affleck added, chuckling.

But fans of Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight can breathe a sigh of relief as Affleck confirmed that his take on the Caped Crusader will be nothing like Christian Bale‘s.

“Obviously, you can’t do what Chris and Christian did,” he said. “Those movies are amazing, and he wanted to do something different and still in keeping with that. And so I thought, this is a brilliant way to do this, and I really want to hook into this.”

Don’t worry, Ben, at least you’ve got Joss Whedon and Matt Damon‘s support on this.

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5 Actors Who Could Play Robin In Batman Vs. Superman Movie

17 Nov


With so much speculation surrounding just exactly what will be included in the new Batman Vs. Superman movie, isn’t it about time, too, that we got a decent interpretation of the Boy Wonder? Since Burt Ward’s spectacularly camp take on the character in the ’60s TV show, and Chris O’Donnell’s just all-out wrong version in the ’90s Joel Schumacher films, the closest we have had so far is a mere tease at the end of The Dark Knight Rises, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s city cop John Blake.

After the character’s creation in 1940, only a handful of live-action films have featured Robin. Though many fans of the DC universe hold hostile views towards the character, there is a large following for not just Robin but the whole Bat-Family in general. However, in the distaste that many fans hold for the Boy Wonder, they miss out on a lot of what he offers.

With countless characters taking up the mantle, it would also be good to finally see a Robin who isn’t Dick Grayson. Matt Damon has already publicly stated he won’t play Robin (duh!), so let’s see who else could work cloaked in all that red and black.

Here are 5 actors who I believe would be capable of donning the mask and giving us a Robin we deserve…

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Superman Vs Batman Movie: One Way To Make Batman Interesting

8 Sep


Superman vs Batman is two years away, and there is a massive split in the audience. On one side you have the people who are already counting down the days until the film comes out, and on the other you have the people who completely hated Man Of Steel and are not interested in Superman vs Batman as long as Zack Snyder is involved. Personally, I can’t wait for this film. I really enjoyed Man Of Steel and I was so excited when they confirmed Superman vs Batman, but there is one element which could either make or break the movie. The re-introduction of Batman.

There are a couple of ways the go about this. One road which they could take is casting Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the Caped Crusader and continue the story from The Dark Knight Trilogy. This is probably the most unlikely option that they will choose because Christopher Nolan worked very hard when writing The Dark Knight films to make them as realistic as possible, and adding a Kryptonian in the mix sort of puts all that hard work to waste. Christopher Nolan is involved with the Man Of Steel sequel, so he will probably be standing in between Zack Snyder and the phone, if Zack decides to call Joseph Gordon-Levitt. On the other hand though, if Christopher Nolan is involved he will probably be able insert Batman into the story very well. Hopefully they won’t choose this option because I feel like The Dark Knight Trilogy story should remain untouched.

Of course what they could is get a new young actor and reboot the whole story once again. If they choose this option, I expect them to not show Batman’s origin story in this film and trust that the audience has learned that Bruce Wayne is a billionaire and when he is young he saw his parents murdered before his eyes blah blah blah, to be honest we really don’t need another Batman origin story. This option is more possible and it will probably be better received by fans rather than continuing Nolan’s story. If they do choose to show his origin story, then they would have to do it with much less screen time than they would if they made a solo Batman movie and the end product would probably be a rushed origin. If you gave the story lot’s of screen time, then you would have a Superman sequel with more Batman than Superman. That doesn’t sound like a good idea.

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Batman Film Reboot: 5 Ways It Can Top Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy

28 Jul

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All good things must come to end right? Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy is unquestionably the greatest cinematic trilogy of Batman ever made, there’s no point even trying to top it really is there? Well… While the trilogy was the Batman we deserved, it’s not the Batman we need right now. Of course the Nolan’s films could be topped (pause for sounds of Nolan fan boys clicking to another article) but it definitely won’t be an easy task.

Now don’t get me wrong I am a huge Nolan fan myself, I am eternally grateful to the man who gave my hero back his dignity and legend status. But even the most devoted of Nolan fans out there have to admit there are some things that could be improved upon with a new series. All may not agree with these changes due to the overwhelming success of the ‘Nolan formula’ but there should always be a desire to improve.

Many people of this generation will now be fully versed on this gritty realistic style of Batman Nolan created, and judging by the huge critical as well as commercial success it seems to work pretty well. Some even suggesting it has now blended into the Man Of Steel blueprint, but that’s another topic all together. The type of target audience the reboot will be going for is also a key element in how successful this new franchise will be. Will they keep to the tried and tested formula? Or go even darker? Something many hard core Batman fans have been eager for years to see. I just think we all hope it doesn’t go down the camp Batman and Robin territory again.

Whatever happens the new franchise will have a tough task in trying to please the new generation and keep them interested, as well as paying homage to the older ones. This balancing act will determine the length and success of our new Batman, whether it drives away old audiences or brings in new ones? Time will tell.

The point this article is going to make is that while the previous entries should be respected (Schumacher entries excluded) the opportunity to give us a new and improved legend must be taken. It can be done and really, must be done to help give the proposed Justice League film every chance of happening and staying relevant.

So here are my 5 suggestions on how to make the next Batman franchise:

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The Dark Knight Rises Expected To Make Over $150 Million Opening Weekend

23 Jul

Unless you live under a rock, it is not surprise to listen for that The Dark Knight Rises are going to be a smash hit. Like a massive, BIG hit.In fact, it would make very much money from the box work that it is the mainly 2012 free up that has a opportunity of beating 1 of the records set by The Avengers.The final installation of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy is expected to generate over $150 million during it’s opening weekend break in Come july 1st, which is what precisely Marvel’s movie was in fact expected to pull in before this job made $207.Four million!When ever The Dark Knight made $158.Some million in the past in 2008, people due the high outrageous to Heath Ledger’s fatality. Now there’s no controversy to help you propel visitors the theater, and yet we have a sensation this compartment office juggernaut won’t want to buy.After seeing the initial couple of amazing motion pictures in the franchise’s, why might not people birds to the movie theater to see what precisely promises to get an epic realization?We’d bet our overall life savings for this movie getting well over $150 trillion during its domestic initial weekend. Then again, we’re not certain that Christian Bale, Hathaway as catwoman, and Tom Hardy will be a sufficient amount of star capacity conquer the case study set by The Avengers producers.Do U think Electricity has a ability at whipping Marvel on the box home office this summer?


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