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An Impending Batfleck Crisis; or How Zack Snyder Has Backed Himself Into A Corner



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An Impending Batfleck Crisis; or How Zack Snyder Has Backed Himself Into A Corner


Having seen every live-action version of my all-time favorite superhero, believe me when I say this: Ben Affleck is the best Batman so far.





You no go wan try that jawline.


I know; that may sound farfetched – especially considering the track record of all the other Batmen against Affleck’sin 1943 Lewis Wilson played Batman for a fifteen-part serial film (actually the first man to portray Batman on screen), Robert Lowery took over the role in 1949 for another fifteen-part sequel to the original, Adam West, the most popular of all the early portrayals played the Dark Knight from 1966 1969 in a one-hundred-and-twenty television series. Fast forward to 1989 with Michael Keaton taking over the role and playing for two hugely successful films; Batman and Batman Returns and then Val Kilmer for Batman Forever and George Clooney in Batman and Robin, a role he is still apologizing for (he starts talking about it at the 1:30 mark).



“LOOK! Batman has nipples!! I’m traumatized for life!!!’



Then came what I call The New Wave with Christian Bale breathing new life into the character for three movies; Batman Begins (my all-time favorite), The Dark Knight (where Heath Ledger’s Joker successfully made Batman a sideshow freak in his own movie) and Dark Knight Rises (which really made little sense on a lot of levels).


And then, Ben Affleck, who at the time of this writing has not made a full-length Batman movie.


So why am I convinced he is the best man for the job?


First, a little on Affleck’s superhero movie history.


A fan of Daredevil comics as a child (I knew we had more in common than looks!) Affleck jumped at the chance to play his hero in the 2003 tragedy that was Daredevil. Affleck himself hated the movie and reportedly vowed to never wear tights again.



The costume looked one-kind sha.


After he’d recovered and turned in a solid performance directing and starring in The Town, Fox offered him the chance to direct and star in a Daredevil reboot — but Affleck turned it down for obvious reasons.



Now, when I heard back then that he was cast as Batman I was upset. One thing that calmed me was the fact that I’d the same reaction to the news of Ledger’s casting as the Joker – and look how that played out. So I choked my ire and held my peace and I have been greatly rewarded for my silence.



Oh. What a reward. Every moment Affleck’s Batman is on screen in the monster failure BvS is a gem, even his brief unaccredited appearances in Suicide Squad, as Batman and Bruce Wayne. Even Will Smith admitted to being a fan and becoming giddy when the Batmobile appeared on the Suicide Squad set.



“Tell me; do you bleed?”


To avoid going on and on, here’s Cinema Blend’s piece on why Affleck’s the best Batman. Go read, I’ll wait.


Are you done? Good.


Now, apart from raising the bar for every Batman appearance, Snyder has set himself up for some backlash if he’s not careful. Probably the biggest criticism of the latest Batman is his utter disregard for human life, as seen in the way he riddles bad guys with bullets from the Batmobile (I always wondered what those canons were for!), drops a car on some, makes another set drive through a fuel tanker and even being willing to kill Superman.


Personally I don’t mind, even though I understand Batman’s overly strict adherence to his no-kill policy (it becomes a too-easy solution and triggers a faster descent into insanity for him ala Frank Castle), it makes little sense as we progress in the world and in film-making.


Now, as said before, I take some delight in watching Batman brutalize criminals. This Batman is a wrecking ball, tearing through criminals like wallpaper. And I make some allowances; the world has evolved so much from the black-and-white zone it was many years ago. In fact, the initial Batman stories had him using handguns and breaking necks ((Yes, I have some of those comics. Kill yasef) Affleck’s Batman is older, he has lost his Robin and has witnessed the crumbling of Gotham in spite of his twenty-year war on crime. It’s a silent testament to the character that he hasn’t lost his sanity.


But he has to grow; he has to become disillusioned with the reality that legal justice is a revolving door especially where Gotham’s maniacs are concerned. They escape just as quickly as he catches them, and in the most severe cases ala Joker, another thousand pay for that.


So I have made my peace with the fact that Affleck’s Batman is a killer. Are you with me?


And here’s the trap Affleck and Snyder have set for themselves:


Batman had better kill Joker or have an extremely good explanation – like maybe there’s a bomb attached to his heart or something.




Already, that may not happen considering he left Harley Quinn alive after capturing her in Suicide Squad; even though he knows she helped kill Robin (in case you missed that scene in same Suicide Squad, it’s the part she was introduced in the club. She was implicated via on-screen text).


If Bats has no qualms offing common thugs and criminals, how much more a couple that has more homicides to their name than Adolf Hitler?


I also questioned Bale’s Batman’s saving Joker from falling in the Dark Knight movie – after he left Ra’s Al Ghul to die in the first Batman movie (‘I won’t kill you, but I don’t have to save you’); it made no sense other than a selfish reason to preserve an object of personal fascination.


I really hope Affleck can tie up those loose ends in the impending solo Batman movie; already my second most  favorite character Deathstroke is being teased as the bad guy and I’m just biting my fingers. I didn’t like the character in Arrow; I hope this one is way better.


Justice League shows in 2017/2019 and the Batman solo movie is being prepped for 2018.




10 responses

  1. I sha want a 1-on1 fight scene between Bats and Slade. The one in the Arkham game was pretty intense. Asking for much but if half of that makes it to the screen, it would be epic.

    That said, I watched BvS again yesterday and I’m less inclined to call it a failure. Perhaps a doormat for future DC movies. Maybe when we see JL (hope that would be successful), we just might get to appreciaye BvS more. No apologies to non-fanboys though.

    September 5, 2016 at 5:31 pm

    • I feel you.

      The movie na failure – when you consider it has three of the world’s greatest heroes in it – and it couldn’t gross a billion dollars. That’s an abysmal failure to me.

      Still, I get your point and I look forward to Slade because Batman needs to be physical. He needs a physical opponent. I mean, see the workout in BvS. Dang!

      Batfleck rocks though. Shiiiiii.

      Oshey my guy.

      September 5, 2016 at 11:15 pm

      • That workout na die. One of the few things Snyder got right.

        September 7, 2016 at 10:16 am

  2. Nice post, have you shared this on any film websites?

    September 7, 2016 at 2:32 pm

  3. Great post, bro! The successes of the previous Batman movies really increased our expectations from BvS. Ben Affleck, coming on the heels of Christian Bale put up a good show, IMO. Concerning Batman’s willingness to kill now, you aren’t far from the truth. Seeing his baby, Gotham destroyed in the opening scenes (from Man of Steel) must have broken his heart. The rage could even be seen on his face when he rescued that lil girl. Anyhow, let’s see how Snyder and DC manage this paradigm shift though.

    September 9, 2016 at 8:52 am

    • I appreciate that angle – but it wasn’t Gotham that was destroyed. He was in Metropolis on business – it was the Wayne building in Metropolis that was destroyed.

      Still, you’re right. All that carnage really hurt him and I love seeing that humanity at Bruce’s core. Thank you for stopping by!

      September 9, 2016 at 9:22 am

      • Oops! Thought it was Gotham. Gotta forgive me for that- I’m more of a Marvel guy.

        September 9, 2016 at 9:34 am

      • Isn’t everyone?

        Thank you – again.

        September 9, 2016 at 11:39 am

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