Fanboys expect everyone to agree with them on every topic they have an opinion on. This week, that opinion comes int he form of flaming hate balls being launched in the direction of Ben Affleck for accepting the role as the next Batman in Zack Snyder’s upcoming film Batman vs. Superman. Fanboys tend to write off what ‘mainstream’ critics and average moviegoers think about a given decision but this time around, their own kind are turning on them.
First Joss Whedon, the geek god of fanboys, threw his support behind Affleck by tweeting he thinks the actor will ‘crush it’ as Batman. Val Kilmer followed that up with similar sentiment and now self professed geek and comedian Patton Oswalt has jumped on board with Affleck and went on an epic Facebook rant about how fans need to take a deep breath over the decision.
No matter how many times you post your stupid “Fire Ben Affleck from Playing Batman” petition, I’m going to delete it and block you. Take a deep breath, and think for a second: Yeah, the dude’s made some bad films. Every actor has. Every actor does. Every actor will. It’s a huge, arcing career and NO ONE has control over where it goes. Movie to movie, year to year, you’re collaborating and trying and risking and, sometimes, yes — failing.
Oswalt then did something no one defending Affleck has, he related it to the comic books fans are claiming Warner Bros is raping by casting Affleck as Batman.
A Batman portrayed by someone who’s tasted humiliation and a reversal of all personal valences — kind of like Grant Morrison’s “Zen warrior” version of Batman, post-ARKHAM ASYLUM, who was, in the words of Superman, “…the most dangerous man on the planet”? Think for a second and admit that Ben Affleck is closer to THAT top-shelf iteration of The Dark Knight than pretty much anyone in Hollywood right now.
The fact of the matter is, as our own Andrew Shackley pointed out, Batman vs. Superman doesn’t come out for two years and that’s a lot of time to allow a casting decision to sink in. Oswalt has put forth the most sound defense of Affleck yet which just goes to show, running with the masses isn’t always the best thing to do.
We won’t know until 2015 how Affleck does at Batman but he has fans on his side and he also has time, which helped Heath Ledger and other settle into their roles they need up crushing.