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Patton Oswalt supports Ben Affleck as the new Batman

Aug. 26, 2013by: Jesse Giroux

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I'm sure by now most of you are sick of the news that launched a million memes and we're not going to report every opinion by an actor or actress about Ben Affleck as the new Batman, but Patton Oswalt has shared his views on the controversy and I think he makes some very good points. Plus, it's Patton Oswalt: he has a little bit more geek credibility than your average celebrity. This is what he posted on his Facebook page on Saturday:

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.

Plus, everyone seems to forget that he had the world dropped in his lap when he was YOUNG. And, judging by how other suddenly-famous youngsters do in the same situation, he fared pretty well. Even when it went wrong, he seemed to keep a self-deprecating, long-view philosophy about the burning freak carousel he'd found himself on.

And then what happened? I mean, he'd fallen from a HEIGHT. You know what happens to 95% of people who weather a descent that steep? They come apart, fray at all of their sanity nodes, and give up.

But then there's the 5% who embrace crushing defeat and see it for the gift it is. And here's the gift: when you fail, and fail UTTERLY, you wake up the next morning and see that the world didn't end. And then the fear of failure is gone. And you're free. You're free to proceed on your own terms and pace -- if you have the ego that permits you to.

Ben brushed himself off, realized he'd kept his eyes open on the movies he'd done, and started directing. And he's become a damn good one.

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.

I'd write more, but I have to go work on my post about how an overweight 44 year-old comedian with bad feet and insomnia would be a bold choice for The Joker.

Patton Oswalt might seem like an unlikely person to defend Ben Affleck as Batman, but that's just another reason why I love the dude. He very easily could have come out swinging and be anti-Affleck, which would have been funny as hell and we all would have had a good chuckle about it. But he believes in Ben Affleck and has logical reasons behind his arguments for the actor. If (of all people) Patton Oswalt doesn't have a problem with Affleck as the new Dark Knight, don't you think you should give him a chance too? Or at least wait to see something, ANYTHING from the film before declaring him the worst Batman ever? Don't worry though, you can still be down with the news and enjoy the memes circulating because some of them are really hilarious.

You can also check out this piece by JoBlo.com's Ryan Doom about his thoughts on the casting.

The sequel to MAN OF STEEL (now with more Batman!) will be in theaters July 17th, 2015.

Patton Oswalt can't be the Joker: he's already Penguin!

Extra Tidbit: The petitions on Facebook are ridiculous. Those things don't even work with important issues, what the F makes you think they'll make Warner Bros. change their mind? "Oh, sorry Ben but you see there's this petition on Facebook..." Seriously guys.

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9:41AM on 08/27/2013
I remember when people were saying he was the wrong choice for Daredevil and look how great that movie turned out. .....He didn't pull a Heath Ledger or a Michael Keaton and prove everyone wrong. He sucked as Daredevil, just like a lot of folks thought he would. Guy already had the chance. As for Patton, actors don't need to experience what their characters went through, that's why it's called "acting." A good actor can play the "dark knight rises" and never have experienced that situation.
I remember when people were saying he was the wrong choice for Daredevil and look how great that movie turned out. .....He didn't pull a Heath Ledger or a Michael Keaton and prove everyone wrong. He sucked as Daredevil, just like a lot of folks thought he would. Guy already had the chance. As for Patton, actors don't need to experience what their characters went through, that's why it's called "acting." A good actor can play the "dark knight rises" and never have experienced that situation.
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2:42AM on 08/27/2013
i seem to recall alot of trolls ragging on the idea of Heath Ledger paying the Joker almost everyone thought it was a bad idea and look how that worked out now im not saying Affleck is going to blow us out of the water with his protrayal but you never know personally i think he will make an awsome Bruce Wayne... but just an ok Batman where as i see Bale as an really good batman but a sub par Bruce
i seem to recall alot of trolls ragging on the idea of Heath Ledger paying the Joker almost everyone thought it was a bad idea and look how that worked out now im not saying Affleck is going to blow us out of the water with his protrayal but you never know personally i think he will make an awsome Bruce Wayne... but just an ok Batman where as i see Bale as an really good batman but a sub par Bruce
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11:56PM on 08/27/2013
"i see Bale as an really good batman but a sub par Bruce"

You must be joking. His Bruce Wayne is the best we've ever seen. He was perfect for the role.
"i see Bale as an really good batman but a sub par Bruce"

You must be joking. His Bruce Wayne is the best we've ever seen. He was perfect for the role.
2:17AM on 08/27/2013

Report: Cranston has been cast as Luthor in MOS 2

Haven't seen the story on here and its relevant to the film. Rolling Stone is reporting he has been cast. Comes from not the greatest source but Rolling Stone is running the story.
Haven't seen the story on here and its relevant to the film. Rolling Stone is reporting he has been cast. Comes from not the greatest source but Rolling Stone is running the story.
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2:19AM on 08/27/2013
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12:39AM on 08/27/2013
Where is Ben in all of this? I know it's only been a few days. But I haven't heard anything from him.
Where is Ben in all of this? I know it's only been a few days. But I haven't heard anything from him.
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10:12PM on 08/26/2013
The fact that people are so upset about a fictional character makes me weep for the human race. Get the fuck over it. Just. Get. The. Fuck. Over. It. And don't you chronic whiners even pretend you won't be the first fuckers in line at the midnight premiere.
The fact that people are so upset about a fictional character makes me weep for the human race. Get the fuck over it. Just. Get. The. Fuck. Over. It. And don't you chronic whiners even pretend you won't be the first fuckers in line at the midnight premiere.
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12:40AM on 08/27/2013
Hah. c|:^{D~
Hah. c|:^{D~
8:41PM on 08/26/2013

I think it'll be good. c|:^{D~

I like Ben. Argo was a good movie. He did a good job overall writing, acting and directing. I wasn't crazy about it as much as others were. Though... none the less. Like I said... I thought it was a good film. I think everyone should give him a chance. I mean what has really done to deserve so much criticism and hate thats been poured on him?!? I mean not just today in this world... but in the past too. I mean seriously... I guess you can say... the odds weren't in his favor, or he didn't look
I like Ben. Argo was a good movie. He did a good job overall writing, acting and directing. I wasn't crazy about it as much as others were. Though... none the less. Like I said... I thought it was a good film. I think everyone should give him a chance. I mean what has really done to deserve so much criticism and hate thats been poured on him?!? I mean not just today in this world... but in the past too. I mean seriously... I guess you can say... the odds weren't in his favor, or he didn't look at the film makers as closely as he could have in the past with Dare Devil, Gigli, etc... But I mean... he didn't half ass ever. He has always gave his all. Thats one thing that everyone in life and this world we live in should do... In any field. Give it your all. Don't hold out. Don't hold back. Be the best you can be. Learn from your mistakes. Why do we fall? To learn to pick ourselves back up. If anyone out there today in this world that fits that bill better than Mr. Affleck... please let me know. I'd love to hear it. He's learned from his mistakes he's turned in to one of the best filmmakers in the business today. You cant deny. I mean he just got an oscar for fucks sake. People really need to chill out look in the mirror and see what the fuck they're doing and what the fuck they're thinking and talking about. I mean seriously... Just be real. Who else fits that bill better. Just let me know... I'd love to hear it. Come at me bro...
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8:45PM on 08/26/2013
P.S. I can't wait to see Affleck & Cavill together. I think they're going to have great traction and chemistry.
P.S. I can't wait to see Affleck & Cavill together. I think they're going to have great traction and chemistry.
6:10PM on 08/26/2013

You either die a hero or....

Live long enough to see Ben Affleck play Batman.
Live long enough to see Ben Affleck play Batman.
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5:54PM on 08/26/2013
I don't know about everyone else, but my problem with casting Affleck was never his acting ability (I think he's good). It's just that he's too famous/well-known to disappear into the role. I feel that lesser-known actors are better for these iconic roles. Also, everyone loves to point out the times fanboys were wrong (Keaton, Ledger), but what about the times they were right (Hardy was going to make a good Bane, Reynolds would be an awful Green Lantern). Yep, it works both ways. How quickly
I don't know about everyone else, but my problem with casting Affleck was never his acting ability (I think he's good). It's just that he's too famous/well-known to disappear into the role. I feel that lesser-known actors are better for these iconic roles. Also, everyone loves to point out the times fanboys were wrong (Keaton, Ledger), but what about the times they were right (Hardy was going to make a good Bane, Reynolds would be an awful Green Lantern). Yep, it works both ways. How quickly some people forget.
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12:38AM on 08/28/2013
You are right it does go both ways. The reason people are mentioning the times fanboys were wrong was to hopefully bring people back down to earth. Yes it could go well, it could go horribly wrong. Either way, why not wait and see. Its not like who well Affleck portrays the role will have any lasting affect on anyones life. If it does, then you have a very shallow life indeed.
You are right it does go both ways. The reason people are mentioning the times fanboys were wrong was to hopefully bring people back down to earth. Yes it could go well, it could go horribly wrong. Either way, why not wait and see. Its not like who well Affleck portrays the role will have any lasting affect on anyones life. If it does, then you have a very shallow life indeed.
4:34PM on 08/26/2013
Right on Patton! All of the negativity that's been surrounding this casting announcement really bothers me, I can understand not being a fan of his work but the outrage is very bizarre, sad and unwarranted.
Right on Patton! All of the negativity that's been surrounding this casting announcement really bothers me, I can understand not being a fan of his work but the outrage is very bizarre, sad and unwarranted.
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4:34PM on 08/26/2013

There should be a rule

That people who make stupid declarations about such and such actor being a terrible choice when they know nothing about movies should, after the movie comes out, be forced to listen to how stupid they sounded. That way they can remember for the next time and not open their idiot mouths to spew every dumb opinion that vomits out of their uneducated brain
That people who make stupid declarations about such and such actor being a terrible choice when they know nothing about movies should, after the movie comes out, be forced to listen to how stupid they sounded. That way they can remember for the next time and not open their idiot mouths to spew every dumb opinion that vomits out of their uneducated brain
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3:39PM on 08/26/2013

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3:28PM on 08/26/2013
Sorry, but when did we start giving a fuck about what this guy thinks?
Sorry, but when did we start giving a fuck about what this guy thinks?
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2:20PM on 08/26/2013
Honestly, it's letters like these that reflect the real reason why I'm not a fan of Affleck being Batman. Unlike Keaton or Ledger, Affleck has a very strong off screen persona that collides with his on screen performances. I see mostly Affleck on screen and not his character. Now he's Batman and all I'm going to be thinking about while watching S vs B is him and his performance rather than losing myself in Bruce Wayne's character and the story. Which kinda sucks for Superman because it's
Honestly, it's letters like these that reflect the real reason why I'm not a fan of Affleck being Batman. Unlike Keaton or Ledger, Affleck has a very strong off screen persona that collides with his on screen performances. I see mostly Affleck on screen and not his character. Now he's Batman and all I'm going to be thinking about while watching S vs B is him and his performance rather than losing myself in Bruce Wayne's character and the story. Which kinda sucks for Superman because it's his sequel and he's the main character. I'm willing to give Affleck a chance if only we can stop aggravating this controversy.
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4:28PM on 08/26/2013
Just like how everyone said they'd watch The Dark Knight and all they'd see is Ledger's Brokeback character. So predictable.
Just like how everyone said they'd watch The Dark Knight and all they'd see is Ledger's Brokeback character. So predictable.
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2:17PM on 08/26/2013

Weird...

I'm not sure when I stumbled into a world that gives a crap what Patton Oswald thinks. And based on my quick scan, he's just saying Affleck deserves the role cause he's a good guy. Which I personally never questioned, I just didn't think he was the right choice.
I'm not sure when I stumbled into a world that gives a crap what Patton Oswald thinks. And based on my quick scan, he's just saying Affleck deserves the role cause he's a good guy. Which I personally never questioned, I just didn't think he was the right choice.
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2:10PM on 08/26/2013
You may say he only redeemed himself for the directing, but is still a bad actor. (Which means you never seen his older roles) But what does a good director do? They communicate with actors to project the perfect emotion. To be a director, you have to understand how to act.
Plus, he is working with Cranston. They worked together before, and I can imagine them making a great film together along with Cavill and Snyder.
You may say he only redeemed himself for the directing, but is still a bad actor. (Which means you never seen his older roles) But what does a good director do? They communicate with actors to project the perfect emotion. To be a director, you have to understand how to act.
Plus, he is working with Cranston. They worked together before, and I can imagine them making a great film together along with Cavill and Snyder.
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5:42PM on 08/26/2013
You mean like Reindeer Games? He was awesome in Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Basketball Player #10...but then again, he never got to speak in that role, so that could be why he was so good.
You mean like Reindeer Games? He was awesome in Buffy the Vampire Slayer as Basketball Player #10...but then again, he never got to speak in that role, so that could be why he was so good.
8:13PM on 08/26/2013
If you truly think he's a bad actor, you don't know what bad acting truly is. He's not great, but he's definitely not bad. Try watching any indie horror flicks on Netflix. THAT'S bad. Affleck is... Average to slightly above average but also on an upturn. Acting is a skill and anyone, given the time to perfect it can get better. It's naive to think otherwise.
If you truly think he's a bad actor, you don't know what bad acting truly is. He's not great, but he's definitely not bad. Try watching any indie horror flicks on Netflix. THAT'S bad. Affleck is... Average to slightly above average but also on an upturn. Acting is a skill and anyone, given the time to perfect it can get better. It's naive to think otherwise.
1:26PM on 08/26/2013
So all Oswalt is saying that Affleck's a good dude and deserving individuall, not that he's the right choice.
So all Oswalt is saying that Affleck's a good dude and deserving individuall, not that he's the right choice.
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1:07PM on 08/26/2013

Sooo

What he is saying is because he didn't kill himself after his "decline", he should receive high profile character parts like batman..... um, No
What he is saying is because he didn't kill himself after his "decline", he should receive high profile character parts like batman..... um, No
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12:33PM on 08/26/2013

It 's been 5 years since Ledger...

Take a look at the sheer amount of backlash that casting got. He'd just done Brokeback and no one could see the pretty boy playing the notorious Mr J... But he came out swinging and absolutely flattened everyone, got a fucking oscar and has solidified himself in cinema history.
I haven't seen Affleck in a role that he completely owned, nothing springs to mind when i think of memorable Affleck roles (i'm talking about good ones) but I think Batman could be his. It's a well thought out casting
Take a look at the sheer amount of backlash that casting got. He'd just done Brokeback and no one could see the pretty boy playing the notorious Mr J... But he came out swinging and absolutely flattened everyone, got a fucking oscar and has solidified himself in cinema history.
I haven't seen Affleck in a role that he completely owned, nothing springs to mind when i think of memorable Affleck roles (i'm talking about good ones) but I think Batman could be his. It's a well thought out casting and a bold move; to me this just shows that they're taking it seriously this time.
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12:31PM on 08/26/2013
Hes a fuckin moron. His argument is invalid.
Hes a fuckin moron. His argument is invalid.
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12:35PM on 08/26/2013
Yet there are articles about him and written by him posted across the web (that many people actually read) and you are confined to a comment box...
Yet there are articles about him and written by him posted across the web (that many people actually read) and you are confined to a comment box...
1:39PM on 08/26/2013
FACE!
FACE!
6:42PM on 08/26/2013
You may be right. But you replied. Thanks.
You may be right. But you replied. Thanks.
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12:21PM on 08/26/2013
I supported this right from the start. Not only does he look the part, but he's a fine actor as well. Let's face it, Daredevil, while not THAT BAD of a movie, but not the greatest, was not Affleck's fault. It was the writing and direction. He did fine in his role. Plus, that was ages ago. Another thing I can't believe is how viciously people attack and pre-judge things before they even see it or listen to it or what have you. It's completely and utterly ridiculous and it makes me laugh at how
I supported this right from the start. Not only does he look the part, but he's a fine actor as well. Let's face it, Daredevil, while not THAT BAD of a movie, but not the greatest, was not Affleck's fault. It was the writing and direction. He did fine in his role. Plus, that was ages ago. Another thing I can't believe is how viciously people attack and pre-judge things before they even see it or listen to it or what have you. It's completely and utterly ridiculous and it makes me laugh at how elementary it is. I honestly can't wait to see what Ben does with it. ..... Now if we can just get Matt Damon as Robin we're in for one hell of a ride LOL !! (jokes)
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12:20PM on 08/26/2013
Affleck can be a pretty good Batman if David Goyer and Snyder let him!
Affleck can be a pretty good Batman if David Goyer and Snyder let him!
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12:06PM on 08/26/2013
His buddy Brian Posehn disagrees.
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His buddy Brian Posehn disagrees.
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1:09PM on 08/26/2013
and at least Brian is off the weed and probably thinking clearly
and at least Brian is off the weed and probably thinking clearly
12:05PM on 08/26/2013

Either way

There could have been better choices, but their also could have been much worse choices. I will just wait to see and judge then; yet i can't help to think about when Heath Ledger first got announced as the joker and the tides of people (me one of them) saying what a horrible fucking choice that was.... and i think we all know how that turned out
There could have been better choices, but their also could have been much worse choices. I will just wait to see and judge then; yet i can't help to think about when Heath Ledger first got announced as the joker and the tides of people (me one of them) saying what a horrible fucking choice that was.... and i think we all know how that turned out
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12:02PM on 08/26/2013
its only been a few days since the announcement and frankly im already tired of hearing about it. at first i was like "what the" but after a day of back lash, i actually support Ben. I dont think all the bitching is gonna change anything. people should just wait and see what happens. I wish Ben Good Luck. the person Im more worried about on this film is Zack Snyder.
its only been a few days since the announcement and frankly im already tired of hearing about it. at first i was like "what the" but after a day of back lash, i actually support Ben. I dont think all the bitching is gonna change anything. people should just wait and see what happens. I wish Ben Good Luck. the person Im more worried about on this film is Zack Snyder.
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12:00PM on 08/26/2013

He's actually dead on!

It's ridiculous for us to hate on Affleck for his career choices in the past... Virtually no actor takes on a part assuming the end result will be bad. They may read a script and think "This is a risk," but they never think its going to be bad. Leo DiCaprio, Heath Ledger, Matt Damon, Bradley Cooper, Mark Wahlberg, even Matthew McConaughey; They all did bad movies in the past, but they managed to resurrect their careers, and prove that they are incredibly talented. Everyone can scoff and
It's ridiculous for us to hate on Affleck for his career choices in the past... Virtually no actor takes on a part assuming the end result will be bad. They may read a script and think "This is a risk," but they never think its going to be bad. Leo DiCaprio, Heath Ledger, Matt Damon, Bradley Cooper, Mark Wahlberg, even Matthew McConaughey; They all did bad movies in the past, but they managed to resurrect their careers, and prove that they are incredibly talented. Everyone can scoff and cringe, but Affleck has been on point with his career as of late. You don't think Clooney is a bad actor for Batman & Robin, or Eric Bana for Hulk, or Ralph Fiennes for Maid in Manhattan. Bana even had a two time Oscar winning director to work with, and the end result was still crap... The point is, we should really cut Affleck some slack. At one point, yes, he made a series of crap films, but he saw that, and decided he could do something about it. Ever since Surviving Christmas, he's taken his career more seriously and has been very solid in everything he's done... Even critically ambiguous films like Smokin' Aces (which I actually really dug) and He's Just Not That Into You (which was actually a very clever way to adapt a self help book), were objectively good movies. I can't say he'll work as Batman, but I can say I know he's not going to half ass it. It took years of hard work for him to become a respectable name in this business again, and he's not going to throw it away as easily as some might think. And as for those screaming "look what he did to Daredevil," remember that Chris Evans was once in those terrible Fantastic Four films, and how many of you are disappointed that he's Captain America? Give Affleck a chance.
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1:13PM on 08/26/2013
I agree with what you're saying, but I love "even Matthew McConaughey," I'm guessing he's your favourite actor of all time?
I agree with what you're saying, but I love "even Matthew McConaughey," I'm guessing he's your favourite actor of all time?
11:54AM on 08/26/2013
So,everybody is hating Affleck as Batman.so i want to be special and different from everybody.so i support Affleck as Batman
So,everybody is hating Affleck as Batman.so i want to be special and different from everybody.so i support Affleck as Batman
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11:47AM on 08/26/2013

maybe... just maybe it might work.

i've been supporting Affleck for 3 reasons:

1) Daredevil was a DECADE ago. he's learned since then. comic book movies as a whole have learned since then.

2) hopefully he helps Zack Snyder with directing. Affleck has proven his director skills in terms of story, pacing, etc., Snyder, not so much. in an ideal world, they'd work together to bring a good story with Snyder's awesome visuals.

3) KEVIN SMITH. Affleck is buddies with Kevin Smith who might as well be one of the premiere Batman
i've been supporting Affleck for 3 reasons:

1) Daredevil was a DECADE ago. he's learned since then. comic book movies as a whole have learned since then.

2) hopefully he helps Zack Snyder with directing. Affleck has proven his director skills in terms of story, pacing, etc., Snyder, not so much. in an ideal world, they'd work together to bring a good story with Snyder's awesome visuals.

3) KEVIN SMITH. Affleck is buddies with Kevin Smith who might as well be one of the premiere Batman aficionados in Hollywood today. again, in an ideal world, they're having discussion right now on what to do with the character.

Affleck may not have been the first or ideal choice, but it could have been MUCH WORSE.
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11:32AM on 08/26/2013

Who cares

Really, who gives a Batt's Ass what this little Imp has to say on this subject? What Hollywood "Never was" opinion are you going to post next? Bleacher extra #337 in Spiderman 1's wrestling scene?
Really, who gives a Batt's Ass what this little Imp has to say on this subject? What Hollywood "Never was" opinion are you going to post next? Bleacher extra #337 in Spiderman 1's wrestling scene?
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11:27AM on 08/26/2013

PATTON OSWALT you suck too! You no authority on anything! You lucky to be in Ratatouille...otherwise...!

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12:16PM on 08/26/2013
damn man, whats your problem. are you that much of a fanboy purist that you have to hate on anyone who disagrees with you. too much hate in this world.
damn man, whats your problem. are you that much of a fanboy purist that you have to hate on anyone who disagrees with you. too much hate in this world.
12:42PM on 08/26/2013
I'm guessing Patton beat you out for the role in ratatouille
I'm guessing Patton beat you out for the role in ratatouille
12:44PM on 08/26/2013
You have terrible grammar, and I don't think you know what an exclamation point is.
You have terrible grammar, and I don't think you know what an exclamation point is.
12:59PM on 08/26/2013
I have my opinions no one can stop me from expressing them.

I have my opinions no one can stop me from expressing them.

1:15PM on 08/26/2013
...expressing them terribly. There is a better (andmore articulate) way to go about that
...expressing them terribly. There is a better (andmore articulate) way to go about that
1:38PM on 08/26/2013
so you say your entitled to your opinion, which i totally agree with. but to bash someone else for their opinion. come on man.... think. who are you to say your opinion is more important than another persons. my opinions are just that, opinions, whether someone agrees or not is up to them.
so you say your entitled to your opinion, which i totally agree with. but to bash someone else for their opinion. come on man.... think. who are you to say your opinion is more important than another persons. my opinions are just that, opinions, whether someone agrees or not is up to them.
11:27AM on 08/26/2013
Personally, I think that Affleck is going to give us the best Batman yet.
Personally, I think that Affleck is going to give us the best Batman yet.
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11:19AM on 08/26/2013
Oswalt may have used some strong words, but I'm in the "give Affleck a chance" camp. One person said it pretty well - "you make some bad movies, you work for ten years to get in people's good graces, you direct some great ones, you win an Oscar, you get cast as Batman and bam! You're back to Gigli." Is Affleck the first name that came to mind when I think of actors who might be good as Batman? Not at all. But do I think there's a possibility he'll do well? Sure.
Oswalt may have used some strong words, but I'm in the "give Affleck a chance" camp. One person said it pretty well - "you make some bad movies, you work for ten years to get in people's good graces, you direct some great ones, you win an Oscar, you get cast as Batman and bam! You're back to Gigli." Is Affleck the first name that came to mind when I think of actors who might be good as Batman? Not at all. But do I think there's a possibility he'll do well? Sure.
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12:02PM on 08/26/2013
Very well said my friend.
Very well said my friend.
12:24PM on 08/26/2013
Thanks Rynobro.
Thanks Rynobro.
11:12AM on 08/26/2013
Respectful words, and I'm not on par with the controversy as much as everyone else. Just waiting on a costume test or something.
Respectful words, and I'm not on par with the controversy as much as everyone else. Just waiting on a costume test or something.
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12:17PM on 08/26/2013
thats what i want to see. the costume fitting and a voice check.
thats what i want to see. the costume fitting and a voice check.
12:38PM on 08/26/2013
that will really disenfranchise a lot of the hate... I hope they go for a similar design to the Batsuit in Injustice: Gods Among Us.
that will really disenfranchise a lot of the hate... I hope they go for a similar design to the Batsuit in Injustice: Gods Among Us.
12:53PM on 08/26/2013
That Injustice outfit does look sweet.
That Injustice outfit does look sweet.
10:52AM on 08/26/2013

SO...

I find it funny that the main argument he makes here is...
"Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves up."
I find it funny that the main argument he makes here is...
"Why do we fall? So we can learn to pick ourselves up."
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12:55PM on 08/26/2013
I don't know why people a thumbing down. This is a great post
I don't know why people a thumbing down. This is a great post
10:47AM on 08/26/2013

He makes some good points but...

... this is story of a guy who had crushing defeats as an actor and came back as a director. His redemption was not done through acting and the decision to sign for multiple movies is bad news for both Batman and Affleck, who is way better director than actor and should only direct at this point.
... this is story of a guy who had crushing defeats as an actor and came back as a director. His redemption was not done through acting and the decision to sign for multiple movies is bad news for both Batman and Affleck, who is way better director than actor and should only direct at this point.
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12:45PM on 08/26/2013
Disagree, him in Argo and The Town was excellent.
Disagree, him in Argo and The Town was excellent.
3:49PM on 08/26/2013
I didn't see The Town yet (I intend to) but I thought he was okay in Argo, not great. He played a part that was suited to his abilities but nothing he did made me change my mind about what I think he can and cannot do.
I didn't see The Town yet (I intend to) but I thought he was okay in Argo, not great. He played a part that was suited to his abilities but nothing he did made me change my mind about what I think he can and cannot do.
10:42AM on 08/26/2013
Since when did Affleck ever fall from height? He's always been a top tier celebrity.
Since when did Affleck ever fall from height? He's always been a top tier celebrity.
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10:32AM on 08/26/2013
Much like when Daniel Craig was first announced as the new James Bond, so many backlashes and Craig proved them wrong. I'm sure Ben Affleck will prove us wrong too and fingers crossed that he will be a great Batman.
Much like when Daniel Craig was first announced as the new James Bond, so many backlashes and Craig proved them wrong. I'm sure Ben Affleck will prove us wrong too and fingers crossed that he will be a great Batman.
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10:31AM on 08/26/2013
If Twitter & Joblo existed in 1996, all these same fanboys hating on Affleck would have been jizzing their pants at news Seth Gecko was the new Batman

Affleck directed and starred in last year's Best Picture Winner. Argo, a movie which makes sweet sweet love to each and every one of a viewer's movie-loving erogenous zones. Prior to that he'd made two of the best urban crime thrillers of this young century in The Town and Gone Baby Gone. He's got the looks, he's got the sheer size (gotta
If Twitter & Joblo existed in 1996, all these same fanboys hating on Affleck would have been jizzing their pants at news Seth Gecko was the new Batman

Affleck directed and starred in last year's Best Picture Winner. Argo, a movie which makes sweet sweet love to each and every one of a viewer's movie-loving erogenous zones. Prior to that he'd made two of the best urban crime thrillers of this young century in The Town and Gone Baby Gone. He's got the looks, he's got the sheer size (gotta be the tallest Batman ever) he even has a cleft fucking chin. Yes, there's something about the idea of an Affleck Batman slugging it out with Cavill's Superman I desperately want to see.

This is, by any rational measure, a huge coup for DC & Warner Brothers. Might the movie suck? Sure, that risk is run with every project. But considering most of the haters here had their own terrible suggestions based on whoever starred in some long-cancelled TV show or the DVD bin movie they picked up for $5 at Costco...I think I'll spare myself your esteemed opinion. I mean, for half of you the sole criteria for someone to play Lex Luthor is that the actor have played a bald bad guy in the past. You have no imagination and no sense of perspective.

David Boreanaz as Batman? REALLY?
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3:31PM on 08/26/2013
Argo was a well-done snoozfest - nothing more. Your argument is invalid.
Argo was a well-done snoozfest - nothing more. Your argument is invalid.
3:48PM on 08/26/2013
lolz
lolz
10:01AM on 08/26/2013
Ben Affleck is awesome. He'll be a great batman.
Ben Affleck is awesome. He'll be a great batman.
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9:54AM on 08/26/2013
I love when Patton writes these long rants. His opening statements at that comedy festival (forget which one) were fucking brilliant, and he put this nicely into perspective, hopefully for all the internet trolls who are too happy being depressed. Considering they are probably the same guys who didn't want RDJ for Iron Man or LEdger for Joker or Daniel Craig for Bond but thought Triple H should be Thor, I don't really care what they think about "actual acting talent."
I love when Patton writes these long rants. His opening statements at that comedy festival (forget which one) were fucking brilliant, and he put this nicely into perspective, hopefully for all the internet trolls who are too happy being depressed. Considering they are probably the same guys who didn't want RDJ for Iron Man or LEdger for Joker or Daniel Craig for Bond but thought Triple H should be Thor, I don't really care what they think about "actual acting talent."
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9:46AM on 08/26/2013

No

Patton Oswalt isn't even on my radar as someone's opinion I respect. I'll wait for a trailer to see if this is going to be any good. I'll stop bitching about it though until that point.
Patton Oswalt isn't even on my radar as someone's opinion I respect. I'll wait for a trailer to see if this is going to be any good. I'll stop bitching about it though until that point.
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10:30AM on 08/26/2013
Honestly I concur. Take the downvotes for us, you're the hero Joblo.com deserves but not the one it needs.
Honestly I concur. Take the downvotes for us, you're the hero Joblo.com deserves but not the one it needs.
11:21AM on 08/26/2013
He's not on your radar as someone's opinion you respect, yet you came here, read his opinion and decided to comment on it. Go take a nap and think about what you just said.
He's not on your radar as someone's opinion you respect, yet you came here, read his opinion and decided to comment on it. Go take a nap and think about what you just said.
12:07PM on 08/26/2013
Because I read things. Thanks for trolling.
Because I read things. Thanks for trolling.
12:15PM on 08/26/2013
Did you bitch about Heath as the Joker? Or Daniel Craig as James Bond? I'm guessing you were one of the many Michael Keaton haters as well. Go bitch on an article about how "shitty" you think he'll be, you started the trolling here, now deal with it.
Did you bitch about Heath as the Joker? Or Daniel Craig as James Bond? I'm guessing you were one of the many Michael Keaton haters as well. Go bitch on an article about how "shitty" you think he'll be, you started the trolling here, now deal with it.
1:03PM on 08/26/2013
I knew Craig would be great. Go see Layer Cake. I had no opinion on Heath Ledger or Michael Keaton at the time. I just don't think this is good casting. I'm sorry if that upsets you.
I knew Craig would be great. Go see Layer Cake. I had no opinion on Heath Ledger or Michael Keaton at the time. I just don't think this is good casting. I'm sorry if that upsets you.
1:07PM on 08/26/2013
JTS, stop attacking another schmoe. In regards to casting choices, I wasn't even aware until last week that there was a casting controversy surrounding Craig. I would have to agree, between Layer Cake, Road to Perdition and Munich, I knew Craig would be great.

However, there wasn't a single person who can't say he wasn't against Ledger and you can't assume everyone's going to be the exception to the rule just because one person pulled it off.
JTS, stop attacking another schmoe. In regards to casting choices, I wasn't even aware until last week that there was a casting controversy surrounding Craig. I would have to agree, between Layer Cake, Road to Perdition and Munich, I knew Craig would be great.

However, there wasn't a single person who can't say he wasn't against Ledger and you can't assume everyone's going to be the exception to the rule just because one person pulled it off.
2:25PM on 08/26/2013
@JTS if you read a news article on a hate crime, does that make you a racist or just interested in the news?
@JTS if you read a news article on a hate crime, does that make you a racist or just interested in the news?
4:39PM on 08/26/2013
Oh please. Now you're just equivocating. First you bash Oswalt, then you say you're going to hold your opinion for later. How GENEROUS of you. I'm so sure you decided to back off bashing Affleck entirely on your own, and this article was completely incidental. Give me a break. You're more annoying than people who stand by their dumb opinions. At least they're not afraid to be wrong.
Oh please. Now you're just equivocating. First you bash Oswalt, then you say you're going to hold your opinion for later. How GENEROUS of you. I'm so sure you decided to back off bashing Affleck entirely on your own, and this article was completely incidental. Give me a break. You're more annoying than people who stand by their dumb opinions. At least they're not afraid to be wrong.
5:24PM on 08/26/2013
I'm not afraid to be wrong and I think he was miscast. That's all. I'll wait for a trailer.
I'm not afraid to be wrong and I think he was miscast. That's all. I'll wait for a trailer.
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