It has been over 48 hours since Ben Affleck was announced as the new Batman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel. By now people have tweeted, ranted, commented, posted, memed, petitioned and who knows what else but it does not change the fact that Ben Affleck will be the next Batman. I’ll be honest, Ben Affleck wasn’t my first choice to be Batman but he doesn’t make me go, “Why the fuck did they choose him?” All I’ve seen on the internet so far is hate and anger towards him. The people who try to defend him are engulfed by a sea of internet hate. Having a normal debate or conversation about this seems futile. I’m not here to say that Ben Affleck will be the best Batman ever but why not give him a chance. Why not listen to my reasons about why I think Affleck deserves a second chance at playing a superhero and why I think it won’t be like the last time.
The long anticipated Superman reboot, Man of Steel, is here and it’s amazing. Directed by Zack Snyder, produced by Christopher Nolan, and scripted by David Goyer, Man of Steel is a brilliant revival of a classic and beloved character. Superman has always been portrayed as a truly good hero almost to the point where directors have ignored his internal struggles. I love the old Donner films but it was time for Superman to lose the red underwear and stop saving cats from trees. Even the recent Brian Singer film, Superman Returns, stayed to close to the older films never bothering to re-imagine Superman for modern audiences, which was one of the main reasons it failed to connect with many people.