How You Should Respond to Affleck as Batman

Ben Affleck is Batman? Noooo! How could this happen? How could the world be so unfair? First Bradley Manning says he wants to be a woman, and now Affleck wants to be Batman! Thanks Obama!


First thing is first, no one has seen the movie that hasn’t been made yet. There is no way you can predict how he will be as either Bruce Wayne, or Batman.¬†Yes, we all remember 2003’s Daredevil, but you can’t argue that he was the sole thing wrong with that film. It’s not as if the movie was a brilliant transition from page to screen, and it was Affleck’s performance that was the one catalyst that brought down this masterpiece into misery.

Yes, Affleck did a lot of movies for money. Yes, a lot of them were really, really bad. But, so were the films of a certain actor that played opposite the caped-crusader in 2007’s The Dark Knight.

Many people are already bringing up that the world freaked out when Heath Ledger was announced as the Joker. It seemed like such an odd and unthinkable path to take for a role that was made famous by the legendary Jack Nicholson. There isn’t a person, now, who can say that Ledger’s performance wasn’t extremely memorable.

Need another example? How about when Daniel Craig was announced as James Bond before Casino Royale came out?

Now imagine him with a Bawtsahn accent instead.

Regardless, Affleck has also had an extremely impressive rebuilding of his career; showcasing his talents as a director, in addition to some strong performances in The Town, as well as Argo. Had he not had the reputation for making bad films during the Bennifer Affpez (that was it, right?) then he would be remembered for Good Will Hunting, and his roles in the Kevin Smith films.

Here’s why I think he might be a good Batman.

Affleck is probably still painfully aware of how things went wrong with the previous movies he did. He is a talented writer and director, and will probably have a fair say in the development and portrayal of the character while working with Snyder. There also isn’t an actor out there who knows what it’s like to be under the public spotlight more than he is. He knows how important public opinion is to a career and reputation, and he has taken some major steps to regain his credibility. He could have easily walked away wit his millions and done the has-been path. Instead, he chose to fight a long, uphill battle to be taken seriously again. This deserves some respect, not just for him, but for the gravity of the role he’s agreeing to take.

Affleck definitely has the looks to pull off a Batman/Bruce Wayne character. My only concern would be the voice. Nolan’s version, although well thought out and visually appealing, lacked in a few key areas. One of which was Batman’s ridiculous growl. As much of a die-hard batfan as I am, I had a really hard time getting over that.

There are even people who are talking about how they should have brought Bale back, and they wish that Nolan was still directing the next one. Or that Joseph Gordon-Levitt should be brought in to continue the world. My response to that would be, “Are you kidding me?!”

“But girls like me.”

Don’t get me wrong, Nolan’s Batman films were good, but they had a LOT of problems if you were to go back and look at them. There are plot holes riddling (pun) every single installment of the trilogy. Most people never took the time to go back and watch them objectively; instead choosing to focus on how well thought out the villains portrayals were, instead of if the story actually made sense at all (hint: a lot of it didn’t).

The main point here is don’t be cynical. Why so serious? Let’s put a smile — ok, forget that line of thought. There’s absolutely zero reason to bash on the guy for a film that none of us have seen yet. Ledger and Craig have proven that the wildcard can succeed, and Affleck is someone who has worked very hard to earn the right to be taken seriously again. So, before you start hoisting up rage signs about how his Robin should be Matt Damon, or he should fight Bluntman and Chronic, or that Lois Lane should be recast with J-Lo, or that someone should dub over scenes of Batman with his lines from Good Will Hunting and that accent he carried (someone please do that), just take a step back and relax. He might end up being great.

However, I could be wrong.


Why Elysium is a Regressive Step for Science Fiction


This film is not Halo, nor is it meant as a middle finger to those who didn’t give Blomkamp Halo.

I want to start by saying that the reason I am writing a movie review for a gaming blog is because I was such a huge advocate of Blomkamp doing a Halo film. After seeing this film I now have my major doubts. I’ll just go ahead and jump right into why this film is a step in the wrong direction for science fiction.

The thesis of this is that the film treated it’s audience like 5 year olds. The narrative was cliche and without the thought or heart that accompanied Blomkamp’s previous film, District 9 (which is one of my favorite sci-fi films, ever). Let us count the ways I state thee.

1) The social messages were so heavy-handed I thought I would suffocate. Damon and Blomkamp have come out and said that they weren’t trying to be political with the film. I think I agree with this statement from the simple fact that they are probably both aware that effective allegories are subtle. They linger in the back of the mind and appear at moments outside of the theater to cause the audience to think. This movie was the least subtle film ever. So if it wasn’t political, then why were these themes so blunt? The answer is disappointing and simple.


2) The characters were so uninteresting they could be described as cinematic Ambien. Who were we supposed to feel for in this film? The downtrodden workers of the factories, whose bosses were so ridiculously un-empathetic that it bordered on comical? The lowly criminals covered in tattoos because that’s how we identify who is bad or not, by the ink on their skin? It certainly wasn’t the white people (excluding the three on Earth, two of which were there as antagonists to Matt Damon’s character), whose only motivation and driving force seemed to be greed and causing harm to others. Is this a G.I. Joe script? Characters who are evil just for the sake of doing bad things are boring. Shows like Game of Thrones and Dexter have shown us that the people we consider as bad guys actually see themselves as good guys in many cases. The traditional “evil villain” characterization died out with the Superfriends cartoons. Apparently someone forgot to inform Blomkamp of that.

3) The science made no sense and expected us to dive into the explanation of “because science.” One of the first facepalm moments was when Kruger shot rockets after the shuttles rushing to Elysium at the beginning. The reasons for using a guy like Kruger were simple enough to understand, but how on Earth (pun completely intended) would small rockets fired from the shoulder be able to catch up to fully fueled shuttles that had a significant head start?


Not to mention he prefers not to wear regular clothes, which we see an abundance of. Hardly covert.

Also, the entire Elysium system can be set on a 180 degree path from it’s original ethos by changing one line of code from ILLEGAL to LEGAL. This is either one of the most careless oversights in programming history, or the original developers of Elysium intended for the station to serve as a “power from on high” that the rich folks used for their own purposes and lifestyle choices instead. That would have made for a much more interesting film, in my opinion.

4) The narrative plot points have been overdone. The sacrificial hero. The murky past. The salvation of the human race. Boring! At no point did I end up caring about what happened to anyone. There were no great internal struggles, no degrees of self questioning, and no discussion about anything of substance that dealt with the human condition. There was so much opportunity for that in a world that is so greatly divided. There was no talk about how Earth was governed, but there was talk about how Elysium was. Elysium is governed by a president who can apparently be taken out of power, at a moment’s notice, by “restarting” the station.


Aren’t there people who are involved and invested in the current president’s political station? Wouldn’t someone, like a senate, congress, parliament, or secret service do something about this? Are there no courts in Elysium? Or does Jodie Foster’s character (some of the worst acting I’ve seen from the actress) work as a protectorate like Ceasar? We don’t know, because the world is never fleshed out.

5) The social constructs do not align with Elysium’s economic interests, at all. Let’s just take a look at the factory that Max (Damon’s character) works at for a second. He gets injured and is told he can’t work. He says he can so his boss lets him. Know how this problem could have easily been fixed? Give the place a machine that fixes the workers in seconds. They wouldn’t have to worry about having any delays because of injury; they wouldn’t have to hire additional workers, therefore keeping their personnel expenses lower, and they wouldn’t have to worry about one of them having underground connections and becoming a volatile enemy of the state. Did this future Earth take no lessons away from Breaking Bad?

Is Elysium an Autarky that is able to sustain itself without any support from the dystopian planet of it’s origin? Again, we have no idea, as nothing is explained. However, it would seem careless they they are willing to just let the drek of Earth eat themselves if they are dependent on their services in order to maintain their Eden in the sky.

The major issue I’m trying to get across is that this world doesn’t seem thought out. One of the best things about science fiction is that the world you are engrossed in seems like a living breathing ecosystem that was present before you started observing it. There is nothing here that gives any backstory as to how mankind could have gone so downhill in a 100 year time span other than an incredibly vague opening title sequence.

In fact, maybe the whole point was for us to feel like the inhabitants on Earth, while Blomkamp and those involved in the film were the inhabitants of Elysium. From where we sit it doesn’t really seem like they see us as intelligent, capable beings.