Should we petition obama to outlaw Affleck from ever playing batman?

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    Stevennix2001posted 10 years ago

    According to the young turks, they've reported that supposedly some comic book fans are so pissed off that ben affleck is playing batman that many are starting a petition to send to the obama administration to make it illegal for ben to play anymore superhero roles for the next 100 years.  What are your thoughts on this?

    by the way, here's a link for the video: … eYFd0YrZDk

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      Michelle Widmannposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      I find this kind of ridiculous. Ben Affleck has come a long way as an actor since he started, and I think he "made up" for everyone hating him in Daredevil. Not to mention, everyone was so against Heath Ledger playing the Joker and they ended up regretting it, because he was amazing. Let him suck before judging him harshly - he just might surprise you!

    2. EncephaloiDead profile image55
      EncephaloiDeadposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Michael Keaton, George Clooney and Val Kilmer have all played Batman and all of them were atrocious. I think Ben Affleck is just another nail in the coffin for the Batman series.

    3. Pamela N Red profile image84
      Pamela N Redposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      You really don't want the government to get involved in the entertainment industry. This is America with the freedom to express art in any way we see it.

      I'm not a fan of Ben Affleck and probably won't see this version. The best way to boycott a movie is to not go see it. When they lose money they will realize they made a bad decision.

  2. lovebuglena profile image86
    lovebuglenaposted 10 years ago

    Why the heck are they against Ben Affleck playing superhero roles?

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      Stevennix2001posted 10 years agoin reply to this

      because daredevil sucked, and many comic book fans blame him for it.  Plus, there's a lot of fans of the nolan batman trilogy that wanted bale to come back to play batman.

  3. FatFreddysCat profile image92
    FatFreddysCatposted 10 years ago

    Oddly enough, I just re-visited "Daredevil" (the "Director's Cut" version) about a week before the "Bat-Fleck" news broke... and y'know what? It really isn't as bad as I remembered.

    As for the backlash against him playing Batman... I don't get it. In the early '00s it was "hip" to hate Ben Affleck because he'd become so overexposed due to his short lived marriage to J-Lo, which made him a tabloid darling. Plus, he made quite a few really awful movies in that period. ("Gigli," anyone? "Reindeer Games?" "Armageddon?" Need I go on?). However, with films like "Hollywoodland" and "Argo" I feel that he has redeemed himself of late not only as an actor, but a director.

    Besides, let's be honest... Christian Bale didn't do anything particularly special as Batman. Those movies were great, but that was all due to Christopher Nolan. Bale was just The Guy In the Suit. You could've plugged any actor into those films and they would've been about the same.

    The people signing online petitions against Affleck are wasting their time. Nobody takes them seriously. The guys who circulate such things remind me of Comic Book Guy on "The Simpsons."  "WORST. Casting decision. EVER. I was sharing my displeasure with the world via the Internet within MOMENTS. What's next, Shia Laboeuf as Galactus? Don't make me laugh."

    1. citywolf profile image61
      citywolfposted 10 years agoin reply to this

      Yes, they should absolutely pass a law.

  4. anniedee profile image62
    anniedeeposted 10 years ago

    Oh lord. No. This kind of stuff makes me want to go live in a cabin somewhere icy and remote.

  5. lone77star profile image72
    lone77starposted 10 years ago

    Stevennix2001, I hope you're joking.

    Too many Americans have gotten used to the idea of giving their problems to the President (Emperor) to solve. And Obama has betrayed his Oath of Office by using Executive Orders to write new laws. Treason!

    Have Americans lost their minds? Have they forgotten their Constitution? Perhaps they never read it. Perhaps they too think it's a pesky piece of paper that just gets in the way of progress.

    Talking about movies, I seem to remember other characters talking that way. It resulted in Palpatine reluctantly taking over as Emperor of the Galaxy in Star Wars. So reluctant that he would not hold those powers for long (only his entire lifetime).

    Your question is a symptom of the death of America.

    Too many people are not waking up to the tyranny. They're blinded by Normalcy Bias and labels like "conspiracy theorist." They don't want to look. They don't want to understand the implications when Obama says that the Gitmo prisoners should stay there forever, even if found innocent!

    They don't want to understand the implications of the fact that steel never, ever offers zero resistance, except in cartoons and government reports about 9/11. When WTC7 collapsed at perfect free fall for 8 floors on 9/11, it proved that someone had planted explosives and/or incendiaries in the building to implement controlled demolition. That takes months to prepare. And with the CIA in WTC7, I don't think Al Qaeda would've had access. Oops! Al Qaeda was CIA. Perhaps it still is, since we're supporting Al Qaeda-aligned rebels in Syria.

    This is like one of those nightmares you never wake up from. It just keeps getting worse and worse. And then you come along with a ridiculous question about getting Obama to break the law once again, as if it's normal. Perhaps it is the new normal. And too few are complaining about it.

    Their minds are too numbed by the Corporate Party media. And that media is owned by the same people who own Lockheed Martin, Halliburton and other members of the Military-Industrial-Complex. Of course they're going to make war seem sweet and throwing your life away in the military for their profit seem patriotic.

    1. FatFreddysCat profile image92
      FatFreddysCatposted 10 years ago

      I can't believe someone is actually using a thread about BATMAN, of all things, to reference 9/11 conspiracies...  (shakes head)

      1. Pamela N Red profile image84
        Pamela N Redposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        It is weird, FatFreddysCat.

      2. Uninvited Writer profile image78
        Uninvited Writerposted 10 years agoin reply to this

        He sees conspiracies in everything. He probably also believes in chemtrails.

    2. citywolf profile image61
      citywolfposted 10 years ago

      I thought that it was implied that the question was "tongue in cheek," considering that we are talking about whether or not we would like to see Ben Affleck play batman. I wonder how a conspiracy theorist ends up on a thread about the next Batman movie. Sure it is good to look at the government's actions with a watchful eye, but the current matter at hand is batman. Specifically, it is the question of whether Ben Affleck should play batman. Let's get back to that. No, I would not watch that. If I was casting the next batman I would probably choose... drumroll... James Franco. He is small in stature, with an ability to play nuanced emotion, young and physically fit enough to be believable as batman. He's also seasoned in super hero films. I was disappointed by his performance in "The great and powerful OZ," but there was not a performance in that film that I didn't find disappointing in spite of the all star cast. So, there is my two cents.

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        Stevennix2001posted 10 years agoin reply to this

        Really?  James Franco?  I never would've picked him in a million years, but I can definitely see him playing batman.   Although my first choice would've been Ryan Gosling if you ask me, as he's shown to have the range throughout his career.

        He already has the pretty boy ladies man aspect to bruce wayne down, as you can tell from his role in "crazy stupid love", where he played a ladies man.

        In "drive", he was able to play a silent bad ass which is exactly who batman is when he's in costume.  Plus, he's shown he can do great drama like he did with "Ides of March."

        As for affleck playing batman, I never would've picked affleck in a million years to play batman because i guess i always assumed he was done with superhero films after daredevil.  However, after I had time to think about this, I think it's inspired casting if you ask me. 

        Ben's rejuvenated his career over the years, and all the follies of daredevil had more to do with the script than it ever did with him.  Therefore, i can see affleck as batman the more and more i think about this.

        Plus, we also have to consider that zack snyder is a very collaborative director when it comes to his films, and having a great up and coming filmmaker like affleck on board to collaborate with might not be a bad idea. 

        In fact, I'm hoping that affleck will have some say with the script and direction of the film.  Don't get me wrong, I know it'll still be ultimately snyder's movie, and he'll obviously have final say over everything creatively, but i do think it would be a waste of talent if he didn't collaborate with affleck on the film's direction and story during the production of it.  at least, that's my two cents anyway

    3. citywolf profile image61
      citywolfposted 10 years ago

      Ryan Gosling had also crossed my mind, but I think of him as too over masculinized. Batman in my mind is a person of a medium to small physical build who uses his wits to become batman. I do love Ryan Gosling and believe him a better actor than Franco, but perhaps not vulnerable enough for what I perceive Batman to be. You do make a good point though, the man has range.

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        Stevennix2001posted 10 years agoin reply to this

        I think that's a good point.  In fact, I tend to think that's why Michael Keaton made such a great batman because he was small in stature, and due to his personality, you would never suspect in a million years that his bruce wayne was batman; which is kind of the point of bruce's playboy personality, so people won't suspect him.

        However, from what i've been researching into this, a lot of today's younger kids want a batman that can not only act, but who looks like a physically imposing type figure like he's drawn in the comics being all muscular and crap. 

        Although personally, I favor acting over the physical appearance of an actor because the reality is even if you find a person that looks like the character, that doesn't mean they're right for the part, nor does it mean they can carry a film.  Look at "Steel", I thought Shaq was the spitting image of John Henry Irons, but he can't act for beans, so that's one of the main reasons that film didn't do so hot. 

        Plus,  sometimes a great performance can make people forget that the actor looks nothing like they want batman to look.  Take a look at Heath Ledger.  Most people didn't think he could do it because he looked nothing like the joker, and did nothing up to that point to prove he could play a bonifide psychopath, but he proved everyone wrong to where everyone now thinks of him as the quentessential joker.

    4. cfin profile image66
      cfinposted 10 years ago

      Here is a better questions. Should be outlaw Miley Cyrus from playing King Leonidas, in 300- the musical? I wrote this hub when I was bored and after hearing the news of the VMA's and Ben AFflecks relief that it was taking the heat off of him. … iley-Cyrus


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