The Batfleck conundrum



I like most people was very interested to hear who was going to named Batman to star along side Superman in the new Man of Steel sequel/spin off/re-boot/whateveryouwantocallit.  I’m not going to say I was refreshing my screen every 30 seconds in anticipation but I won’t lie, there was an element of intrigue.

Lets get one thing clear, I’m not a comic book fan – the movies sure – but I never read them as a child, never had any desire to and still don’t but I appreciate the history, prestige and accuracy that goes into them when getting them onto the screen.

So when news came in last week that Ben Affleck was going to be the new batman I was quite surprised when my Facebook feed got clogged up with negative comments about the decision.  Some were referencing Daredevil, others Pearl Harbour and Armageddon – I just couldn’t understand this?

Ben Affleck is a good actor, director and writer – he’s now acquired 2 Oscars (Good Will Hunting, Argo) and has matured into a real talent.  So why all the criticism?

You know when I look back on the last 10 years I think about the jobs I had when I was 20.  If you were to compare my ability to work, work ethic and indeed compare my employability then to what is now I’d like to think that A: I’m a much better at what I do B: I’ve learnt a lot to do with my field of expertise and C: I bring something to the table through my experience gained.

Another thing I want to mention is this – when Christian Bale was cast as Bruce Wayne people had doubts.  When Aaron Eckhart was cast as Harvey Dent people had concerns.  When Anne “Princes Diaries” Hathaway was announced as Selina Kyle people were dubious.  And finally, when news broke that Heath Ledger – that’s right, Heath from “A Knights Tale”, “Ten Things I Hate About You” and “The Brothers Grim” – was going to playing The Joker people went slightly apoplectic that a teen heart throb was cast in such an iconic role.  The result, one of the best performances we’ve seem in cinema for a while.

So everyone, let’s get off Bens case and start directing our attention to a more worrying issue – Zack Snyder is directing.  I’m not the first person to voice my concerns when I say that Man of Steel had massive issues and I hold him responsible – here are a few.

  • Too Long
  • Boring
  • Too much CGI
  • Not funny
  • Not enough Costner!
  • They blew up Metropolis

Man of Steel was naff, disappointing and heartbreakingly poor.  I wanted it to be soooo good, back to basics film making; the trailers were epic, but it all fell flat.  Cavil was good (as was his predecessor Routh), but the story was weak, the beginning stuff was rushed and everything went crazy near the end.  That said, when you re-watch The Dark Knight Rises you realise how poor that is too – the dialogue, the plot, Banes voice – however it did have a hard act to follow with The Dark Knight.

So, what it comes down to is this – how do you get Superman and Batman to gel together?  One is a street fighter, trained in the mountains by Brian Mills aka Ra’s Al Ghul, whilst the other is an impenetrable, superhuman alien that is, well, indestructible.  I have some burning questions that will need to be answered.

  • Are they going to be rivals that will sort out there differences?  If so, good luck Batman as if you got your spine broken by Bane, it can be ripped out of you arse in a heartbeat by Superman – without you even noticing!
  • Where was Superman when Bane held Gotham to ranson?
  • Where was Batman when Zod rocked up – having a Latte with Selina in Florence?
  • Is Batman made slightly redundant due to Supermans superior powers?

This all being said, I’m dead excited about the film for 2 reasons:

1: it can’t be as bad as Man of Steel

2: It can’t be as bad The Dark Knight Rises.


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