Dark Trinity: Affleck doesn’t want to be Batman? Fine by me.

Before getting into today’s topic, Robert Kirkman’s got a new show The Secret History of Comics, looks phenomenal. First episode was about the development of Marvel and the second about Wonder Woman. Watched some of the first one and will finish it later, but it seems AWESOME. Who would’ve thought the Fantastic Four were responsible the start of Marvel becoming what it is today, given the group’s irrelevancy now — to the point there’s a comic just starting with the only interesting characters in the group, The Thing and The Human Torch.

It’s weird how when I read Marvel vs. DC books now, it seems like things have totally flip-flopped from where things started out. I think the movies are exactly what Stan Lee wanted, but I can’t say all the books are where they need to be now. And I think a lot more fans of the MCU would LOVE the actual comic books DC produces versus most of what marvel brings to the table.

I digress.

So Mr. Big-Time Superstar wants to “segue” out of the DCEU with the Justice League movie? It’d be a “cool way” to do that, huh? Fine, go then.

Seriously, if you don’t want to be here, then just go. Enough of the whining already, I’m sick of it. This is coming from someone who’s enjoyed Affleck’s work in the past. If you don’t want to portray one of the MOST BELOVED CHARACTERS in the history of storytelling, that is your loss. There are plenty of people who’d be more than happy to take up the mantle after your short tenure. It’s not like they’d be following in Christian Bale’s footsteps.

I know some of you would make the case he’s a better Bruce Wayne, that’s somewhat understandable. But you can’t tell me that if Affleck leaves after the Justice League, we won’t look back and say “Bale was Batman” over Affleck. Affleck has the chance to be THE ultimate Batman, too. He has the look down maybe better than anyone.

I get they’re going to go down the Flashpoint road — which is a tremendous idea, especially with Affleck creating problems. It’s great they have that card in this circumstance. But for the life of me, I can’t get why anyone would create this many problems, especially when everyone’s amped for this movie after Wonder Woman was a tremendous hit and the excitement for Aquaman has NEVER been higher. (I don’t have the numbers to prove that, but c’mon, the only way anyone likes Aquaman is if you insert a bad-ass actor like Jason Momoa.)

Going back to something I brought up early in this, Batman/Bruce Wayne is legitimately one of the most beloved characters in storytelling. Think of the actors who’ve been a hit, Adam West, Michael Keaton, Christian Bale, they’ve played the same character for different generations and being unreal successes. I know people had to suffer George Clooney and Val Kilmer, but that wouldn’t be the first time someone screwed up something so awesome.

But Batman is one of the rare characters in books, movies and television that EVERYONE loves. Women might like Wonder Woman more than men. Cyborg might draw a different audience than Black Panther, or Black Widow versus the Scarlet Witch. Not everyone might like Punisher’s violence, or Deadpool breaking the fourth wall.

But frigin everyone loves Batman — even people who don’t like superheroes. That’s what introduced me to Bale in the first place. And I honestly believe he’s one of the best actors of my lifetime.

So if Affleck’s dealing with too much nonsense in his mind, then go ahead. We’re all sick of you’re whining. Or I am at least.

I’m sure there are plenty of actors who’d LOVE to play that role and the shot at immortality and the chance to make enough money to be the real-life Bruce Wayne.

 

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