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Ben Affleck: Deal With It, Bitches

Posted on August 24, 2013 at 12:50 AM



Ben Affleck: Deal With It, Bitches



Every time…every. Single. Time.

 

When are we going to stop doing this? Something is announced and the internet fanboys are in an uproar. Glove, meet hand.

 

But no, it's always about casting.  The recent announcement of Ben Affleck to portray Batman sent the internet into a fever of idiocy and hyperbole, not to mention making them forget the past ten years where Ben Affleck has done a complete 180 on his career as an actor and filmmaker. Fanboyism causes amnesia, I guess. Or maybe it causes them to travel through time when Ben Affleck was making bad movie choices and Matchbox 20 was the popular band on the charts. Guys, tell me how that election goes, I'm rooting for Kerry.

 

Yet, I wanted to line up a few points for everyone who might be angry over an actor playing a man in tights punching people in the face:


 

#1: It Wouldn't Matter Who, Not Everyone Will Be Satisfied

 

This is how the internet works: something "bad" is going to spread like a virus and turn in to "Hitler." Remember my internet philosophy: something can only be Ghandi or Hitler.

 

So when all those people screaming that Ben Affleck being cast is the worst thing since Syria killing people with gas, which happened the same day mind you, the truth is it could have been anyone. Anyone. I would like to think that Affleck is in people's good graces these days, but then I remembered how cynical the internet is and end up completely not surprised.  If it was another name actor, there would be people against it because they didn't like that one thing he did that one time. If it was an unknown, they wouldn't be experienced enough or talented enough to handle the character.


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#2: Name a Superhero That was Miscast

 

Chances are you'll think of only two: Affleck in Daredevil or Ryan Reynolds in Green Lantern first. Know what? Neither of them were that bad in their roles, in fact I'd say Reynolds was perfectly cast as Hal Jordan. Sometimes, though, people can't separate the fact that the movies were horrible with the idea that the actors were still pretty good. Now in Daredevil, a mistake of a movie form the beginning and plagued with production problems, Affleck didn't add anything, but I also wouldn't say he was miscast either.  In fact, it's not the worst movie ever as many people claim it to be (Either that or Spider-Man 3 seem to be the straw man, neither really all that bad). Daredevil was his favorite superhero, he wanted it to work but nothing did, which he's more than talked about since then and is probably as disappointed in it as we are.


People tend to gravitate to just those two in regards to casting, and seem to forget the dozens of others that are spot on and, especially, spot-on in the past few years with the superhero movie in full-swing of popularity and revenue.  But the thing is, you can't imagine anyone else playing the role…but there was the same vocal fanboy "he's gonna suck" attitude for a lot of them….


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#3: Those That You Love? Same Thing Happened to Them

 

Even before the internet, there was a contention against the casting of someone in a superhero film. The internet has just given that a louder voice. But people were against Michael Keaton…so that should tell you how far it goes back.

 

But in the modern era, alongside the internet and idiots on it, we're talking nearly every time. Nobody wanted Christian Bale. He wasn't a big enough star, and was British. People used the same rhetoric against Henry Cavill for Man of Steel and Cavill was easily a good Superman. People didn't know Hugh Jackman, oh well he's no good. Chris Evans as Captain America was a memorable one, the argument there being "he's too skinny."

 

The only ones I can think where nobody had a problem were Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark, though some felt he was, Sam Jackson as Nick Fury, because the new Nick Fury was based on him, and Patrick Stewart as Professor X because…well people dreamt of that for twenty years and it finally happened.

 

The biggest one, though, was Heath Ledger. How quickly people forget. The outcry against Ledger was massive, probably even more than it is for Affleck right now. Then he goes on and gives an Oscar-winning performance and crushes it to the point where

 

Oh, and all those critics yelling out before they saw the movie suddenly fell quiet. Some probably even said "oh, well I knew he'd be great."


After the Ledger thing, why do we still listen to morons on the internet on casting stuff? This happens every time. After that fiasco, I no longer listen to idiots. You shouldn't listen to idiots in the first place, but that's hard to do in the digital world where everyone thinks they're right and then conveniently forgets all the times they were wrong.



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#4: Your "Ben Affleck Sucks" Arguments are Laughably Outdated


Seriously, get with it. Affleck arguably hasn't made a misstep in his career since 2006, starting with Hollywoodland where he was fantastic, showed he can be pretty damn funny in the criminally underseen Extract, and proved he is an amazing director and writer with the likes of Gone Baby Gone, Argo and The Town - two of which he also played lead in and was great in. He also dipped in to solid drama with The Company Men and To The Wonder and has become a political activist and goes on various newsoutlets and NPR not to discuss a movie but to actually talk about politics. The "bro" persona he had in the late 90s and early 2000s is well gone, he knows what he's talking about and, believe me, is smart enough to know what people think of him.


This really shows how fickle people are, as well as ignorant, as well as children. Now would Affleck have been my first choice? Probably not, only because I like other actors more, but I've also learned a lesson from all the past years - that people making these things tend to know what they're doing. Maybe ten years ago they didn't, but today they tend to. More importantly is that I'm not going to go in to fits of anger over his casting either and, even more importantly than that, I'm willing to give a guy a chance especially after all the recent stuff he's been putting out there. I did it for Ledger while everyone else was yelling out "gay cowboy movie" and came out on top.

 

On a side note, I will say a lot of Affleck's recent success is because he got away from trying to do tentpople and genre movies. To most people, he's just a director now. No, he's an actor and continues to act and be pretty damn good, it's just the movies are probably not movies you're going out to see. So in that respect, Affleck saying "ok" is a little strange seeing as how he reinvented himself. Except for the fact that…



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#5: Ben Affleck Is a Geek


Secret world of nerds, Ben Affleck is one of you. That's what's so strange. He's a guy who loves comic books and particularly loves Batman. He's gone on record discussing comic book movies, noting that they didn't start being taken seriously by producers and filmmakers, and being more than just "money," until Batman Begins. He notes he regrets Daredevil, first because it ended up not being good but most of all because he LOVES Daredevil and he was his favorite hero. Seriously, it's not like he's in a bubble, he's completely self-aware.


He doesn't flaunt it, he's not out there showing off and saying "guys guys guys! Look! I like comics! Seriously!"


He simply is, noted it a few times but never made that a point to really go off on. Did he not do that enough for you? Can't we stop, for once, being pessimistic jerkoffs and just be happy for the guy?


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The world of nerds is as spiteful as they are accepting. Actually, I would say they're more spiteful than accepting these days, hiding behind internet avatars and fake screennames to lambast things they don't like because they now have a buffer zone to protect them. Too bad. Most were probably mocked, made fun of, beat up by assholes, and instead of being kind or trying to open a dialogue as to why they may not like something, = they remind us that people tend to be assholes no matter, bullies no matter what, and will "nerdrage" across the internet to anyone that will listen.


I'm listening, and you're wrong. Here's this guy who's more than earned his laurels, won awards, done some great things especially in the past few years, yet you still can't give him a chance because he did that one thing you didn't like that one time ten years ago. Grow up. Affleck has and completely turned his career and life around. He only asks for a second chance to tackle something like this, he's aware he's taking a risk especially after winning nearly every award under the sun for Argo. And you can't have the decency to give it to him? Casting Ben Affleck isn't the problem. You're the problem.



 

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