I was bored. In fact, I still am. Hence, there I was, pondering random mysteries of the universe while stroking my marginally visible beard (unfortunately, I was forced to take a trim yesterday. Sigh) and all of a sudden, I was re-reading some of the comics I have and as I often find myself doing, I was reading The Dark Knight Returns, yet another classic work by Frank Miller, who is one of the best Batman writers for DC and IMO, the best so far. I couldn’t help but to think about all the hype with the upcoming Batman – Superman movie in 2015 (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2975590/) and the uproar with selecting Ben Affleck as the new Batman. Well, here’s my thoughts on the subject and in case if he proves me wrong, this blog post would do well to remind me that I have thus made a fool of myself!
Anyway, why most people wouldn’t want Affleck to be Batman is simply because he’s being judged with his performance in that god-awful Daredevil movie. To be fair to the outcry of the many, it really was a bad movie. While Affleck did an excellent job in directing Argo and an okay job acting on it, things are high stakes when it comes to this. If you thought The Avengers was huge, well, this movie is going to be bigger. The bond between The Man of Steel and The Caped Crusader, the finest friendship in the world is finally going to be unraveled on the big screen. If this isn’t exciting, nothing is!
Anyway, the rumor is that Frank Miller himself is going to be consulted for the movie and the story is set to be adopted along the lines of The Dark Knight Returns (TDKR). (http://www.comicvine.com/the-dark-knight-returns/4045-55703/) If this is true, hot damn, we’re all in for a treat! And in my opinion, if that’s going to be true, here’s why Affleck is not the man for the job.
The Batman in TDKR (at least in the comic) is considerably old and is coming out of retirement type. But since no movie is the exact same of a book, it’s safe to assume that this wont affect anything much. Nevertheless, above all, non can expect a “shall we play some Foosball” kind of chemistry between the two heroes right from the inception. So Batman can be Supes’ wing-man or his nemesis For all we know, just like how the original comics of TDKR was published, in 3 copies, this movie can go on to be a trilogy. Or better yet, a tie in or a prelude to a Justice League movie. Nevertheless, for all of these movies, there’s one thing in common for Batman. He’s the bad-ass in all of them. And bite me, but I fail to see how Affleck is exactly that.
Daredevil himself is a dark character, feared by the criminal scum. Truth be told, in the movie, all Affleck managed to do was to give butterflies to Jennifer Garner. Call me a pessimist but I don’t see how Affleck can be the Batman that’ll stop Superman if it needs be. I don’t see how he’s the kind of person who’d get the caped crusader up and running to make the Man of Steel his “little bitch”. Then again, not much can be done now, so only time will tell.
Anyway, what’s the alternative? I’d pick the ever so charming Benedict Cumberbatch. Here’s why.
First and foremost, drop the mental image of Cumberbatch from Sherlock. keep in mind his charisma and his behavioral patterns but ditch the image of the tall detective with messy hair in a funny hat. Let’s take Cumberbatch from Star Trek as Khan, the genetically engineered one-man-army! That, is exactly the kind of dark aura Batman should posses in this movie. His deep voice and that commanding charisma, with a little more muscle on the man looks good to make him Superman’s bane. In Sherlock he proved himself as the Mr. Punchline, something along the lines of that will do well to portray Bruce Wayne, the spoiled billionaire playboy. The following two links will prove my argument as to how swift the emotional transition of Cumberbatch is. Here’s he being the trusted ally and the dangerous villain. Mind you, unlike other superheroes, Dark Knight is not a man of mercy!
And then there is this,
I don’t know about you, but having been a fan of Miller’s dominant Dark Knight, who on many a times made Clark Kent look like a big wuss, Cumberbatch in the second video is exactly what I see as the new Batman, playing out logically and yet making sure he’s on top. Gives one the chills noh?
In Affleck’s defense, many people have pointed in out that he’ll be playing an assisting role while Henry Cavill will be the main attraction. What makes a movie, a good movie is when all of its elements fit perfectly like the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle. An assisting role, if played poorly will only downgrade the movie as a whole. And in this case, in a movie like this, one can only hope that it’ll not be the case. Anyway, choices have been made and press conferences have been held. One can only wish Zack Snyder and David Goyer all the very best and keep our fingers crossed.
If all else fails, and if there indeed is a Justice League movie, here’s a picture of Benedict Cumberbatch as The Martian Manhunter.
May the force be with this movie, and the rest of you!