Posts Tagged ‘Ben Affleck’

At the San Diego Comic-Con, it was announced that the sequel for Man of Steel would feature Batman. Just the thought of a Batman vs Superman movie had fans, including myself, jumping for joy. The big question that followed this epic announcement would be who will play the infamous Dark Knight. Some people thought Christian Bale would return, but unfortunately he turned it down. Well after a few of weeks of speculation, Warner Brothers feels that they have finally found their man to play one of DC Comics’ biggest superheroes.

Ben Affleck

Hold on. Wait a second. Ben Affleck is Batman? Tell me this is a joke. Unfortunately, this is no joke. Ben Affleck is Batman. What’s next? Is Matt Damon going to play Robin?

The internet is buzzing after this blockbuster announcement, but the reaction from fans is rather mixed with more people responding in the negative direction. Where do I stand on this? Well, I have to agree with some of the haters out there who are outraged by this decision. Personally, I have to say that Affleck as Batman doesn’t seem to fit with me. I just can’t imagine him as Batman. To me it would look like Ben Affleck in a Batsuit. To this day I’m still trying to forget his disastrous performance as a certain Marvel superhero known as Daredevil. However, I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt since I think he might make a good Bruce Wayne, but we all know that being a billionaire is only half of the total role. You have to do more than just look good in a suit or a tux to play The Caped Crusader.

Now I’m not going to say that Affleck is a terrible actor, however he’s not a great actor either. I mean he’s a little “one-dimensional”, but has shown some range in films he’s personally directed including The Town and Argo. With him playing Batman, I have that bad feeling that the “one-dimensional” Affleck will return and phone it in. Then again maybe he won’t. I will say that Affleck will not go down as the worst choice ever to play Batman. That honor has to go to the “Anatomically Correct” Bat played by George Clooney. Surely Joel Schumacher would have to take most of the blame for the disaster that is Batman and Robin, but seriously bat nipples, a cock piece, and a Batman credit card with no credit limit. I rest my case.

While I’ll agree with the idea that either Karl Urban, or maybe a relatively unknown actor, would’ve been a better choice to play the legendary superhero, I’m going to give Ben Affleck a chance to prove me and the throngs of haters wrong. It’s not this is the first time we’ve hated a particular choice to play a certain role. Remember the hateful response when we learned that Heath Ledger was chosen to play The Joker in The Dark Knight? What happened? Ledger delivered a masterful performance that was an enormous step above what Jack Nicholson brought to the big screen back in 1989. Can Ben Affleck rise to that level? I don’t know, but he’s going to have to. The pressure is solely on him. If he fails, the future for the planned Justice League movies could also go up in smoke. However, if I’m wrong, I’ll be one of the first to praise him.

“Argo Fuck Yourself!”

Probably one of my favorite lines in cinema. A play on words that had the crowd in an uproar of laughter. Those few seconds make for some good fun, but it’s the rest of the film in Argo that will be long remembered.

Argo is based on the true story of the 1979 Iranian Hostage Crisis at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and the Canadian Caper that followed. During the Iranian Revolution, Islamic students and militia took control of the U.S. Embassy and held more than sixty people hostage. Six were able to escape and took refuge with the Canadien Ambassador. When the Iranians realized that some people were missing they went on a search to find them. The Americans needed a plan of extraction, but all the ideas that the C.I.A. had wouldn’t work. Time was running out. In comes Tony Mendez (Ben Affleck) with an idea.

The Best Bad Idea By Far

A Canadian film crew on a scouting assignment. Sure it was the most far fetched idea out of left field, but it actually worked. What really makes Argo interesting is seeing how Tony Mendez is able to make this crazy plan actually succeed. First, find a script to fit the scene. Add in Hollywood make-up man John Chambers (John Goodman) and producer Lester Siegel (Alan Arkin) to make the fake film credible. Finally, hope and pray everything goes right

Throughout the film I felt the tension, suspence, and the drama of what was going on during this crisis, and how the C.I.A. wanted to get the people out before being discovered. Argo hooked me in from the beginning, and refused to let go until the escapees were finally free. Even though I knew what was going to happen I was always left with that feeling that these people were not going to make it out of Iran and die. Of course I would always get proven wrong. Credit director Ben Affleck for this amazing piece of true storytelling. Argo is clearly his best work to date both as a director and a star.

As for the actors, Arkin and Goodman nearly steal the show with their performances. Absolutely brilliant. I also liked the film presentation with the 1980s look and grittiness of the film itself making everything look old and dated. The classic rock tracks were also a nice touch to help break up any chance of monotony. Even the use of classic media footage and the interview with Jimmy Carter at the end was priceless. Overall, I enjoyed Argo and even applauded when the credits rolled. Blu-Ray…hell yeah. Oscar nominations…you bet. Now Argo fuck yourself and see this film.