The World’s Finest // artwork by Kenneth Rocafort (2013)
Click on the illustration to read the whole tale of how Batman and The joker ends.
Batman (1989) // artwork by Matt Ferguson (2013)
A new take on the promotional poster for the 1989 classic film!
Rants about this are gonna get old really fast, the intensity that some of us are showing to this movie is alienating the world already with less than 72 hours of this cast being known. Even death threats has been warranted and this is not cool guys. Most of us are seriously displeased with this move, but as a 34 year old man and having witnessed every modern incarnation of Batman in film since the Tim Burton era, I can still remember the news about the very vocal fan community in anger about a low profile actor like Michael Keaton being cast as Batman against a monster actor like Jack Nicholson (Alec Baldwin was everyone’s choice by the time). Or later on how everyone cringed at Heath Ledger as the Joker because the role was deemed untouchable by Nicholson fans and a very thought act to follow. A follower of mine even labeled the casting choice of Affleck ”The X-Box One” (very funny by the way).
What I see here is history repeating itself but now we have the Internet to make us recollect how wrong we where at some point by reacting first hand over some stuff we didn’t like at first glance. I’m no fan of Ben Affleck. I label him as a fame whore, but the fact is that the guy has some acting chops and talent regarding writing and direction of films (hell he even has Oscars awards in both departments) Does he have my full support as the new Dark Knight? No, he doesn’t. Warner has to sell me this one very carefully, they usually have done so in the past with a single image and I tell you, If you have some knowledge of comic books and film in general you’ll realize immediately if an actor can make or break the part. Allow me to illustrate my point:
First Image of Brandon Routh as Superman, released on April 22 of 2005:
At the time this guy looked unheroic, hell he even looked bored, but I gave him the benefit of the doubt (as the world did) but my first impressions were proven right: this movie was a massive failure and Brandon was a terrible Superman.
Another example of the same coin? this image was released on August 4 of 2011:
Now we were in business here!. Although the movie was received with mixed reviews I though it was an exercise of how big a Superman story should be! (and I personally loved the hell out of it)
My point is: lets wait out guys, let’s not get mad over this and most important let’s not cringe at things over which we have no control. The fact is that no matter how much we voice our rants and personal frustrations this movie is getting made and the only way we can vote for his downfall is with our wallets. I have no recollection of an actor being recast for a significant role over fan outrage. Personally, Warner will get my money just once, but they better sell this move brilliantly. because I remember how the bitching and cursing at Heath Ledger ended just with this:
Released on May 20 of 2007:
In the end we just have two ways out of this: best case scenario Affleck manages to shout all our mouths with a brilliant performance; or worst case: he fucking sucks, the movie under performs and he has to be recast, because that’s how it works (remember Clooney? Yeah I try not to either) and I’m personally not going to spend the next two years losing sleep over this. After all, it’s just a movie we are talking about.
I just gonna let this one sink in for you guys, because I don’t have anything nice to say about this right now…
Batman Vs Deadpool // fanmade by Machinima (2013)