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Producer Michael Uslan talks Batman vs Superman casting and direction

Feb. 7, 2014by: Paul Shirey

Although BATMAN VS SUPERMAN has been delayed a year, there's still plenty to ruminate on and one of the film's producers, Michael Uslan, talked recently about the direction that Zack Snyder is taking for the MAN OF STEEL sequel as well as the casting of Ben Affleck and how it relates to Tim Burton's 1989 Batman as well as Christopher Nolan's THE DARK KNIGHT. Uslan has been a producer on the Batman films ever since Burton's original and has a very unique take on the proceedings of translating the famed superhero to the big screen.

On how he feels venturing into Zack Snyder's Batman vision:

"I feel great. First of all, Zack's a fanboy, and he loves these characters as much as any of us do. Everybody grows as filmmakers, as actors, all of us in life, if we don't continue to evolve something is radically wrong, and it's so interesting to see the evolution for everybody involved and to see the evolution of Batman, it's exciting and everybody is pumped up about it. Its a chance for a new direction, and it's going to be something that people I think will just be so excited about."

On his take of Ben Affleck being cast as Batman:

"It starts with this, I've lived this in the past before and I'm speaking now really more as a Bat-fan than as the Bat-producer. We went through it all with Michael Keaton. I lead the charge from the first time I heard Tim (Burton) was thinking of hiring Michael Keaton to play Batman. I'd go, 'Oh my god, all the work, I've put in all these years to do a dark and serious Batman, he's going to hire a comedian!' I could envision the posters: 'Mr. Mom is Batman,' but then he explained his vision, he had a vision, and he was right. This is all about Bruce Wayne, it's not about Batman, it's all about Bruce Wayne. If you're trying to do a serious, dark superhero, people have to believe in Bruce Wayne as that obsessed driven guy, to the point maybe of almost being psychotic. A guy who would get dressed up as a bat and do what he did. So we went through the hoopla with Michael Keaton. The fans were the same reaction that I had initially, except I had the benefit of hearing a vision right away. Then when they actually went to see the movie they never wanted to anyone else to play Batman, never."

"A number of years go by, and then all of a sudden the torches and the pitchforks go up, 'oh my god, the guy that played the gay cowboy is going to be The Joker? They're going to destroy the greatest super villain in history. And then after Heath Ledger's performance, when they actually went to see it, nobody ever wanted The Joker played by another actor again. So here we are, with an academy award winning filmmaker. You look at his last bunch of movies, Hollywoodland he had me convinced he was George Reeves. The Town, Argo, just really, really great quality of work. Again, I'll go back to what Tim said in the beginning, it's all about Bruce Wayne, and when you focus on it, Bruce Wayne, maybe in his mid-forties, what's he going to be feeling? What's he going to be thinking? What does he have on his plate to deal with? I just couldn't be more excited about it."

Interesting stuff. There's piles upon piles of vitriol all across the interwebs over BATMAN VS SUPERMAN, but we've heard very little from the actual people working on the project, as they're focused on actually making the film, rather than the perceptions of what it may or may not be. Personally, I have the utmost faith that all involved are working to make a kick ass film. I know there's a huge base of doubters/haters and that's fine. Enjoy that. While I enjoy talking about the possibilities, I'm more looking forward to seeing it all on the big screen, which is the final destination to making up your mind whether or not a movie is good or bad.

BATMAN VS SUPERMAN is slated to hit theaters on May 6, 2016.

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3:22AM on 02/10/2014
Since he's on the topic of the 89 Batman film...maybe he should keep that thought process going and re-cast Jack Nicholson as the Joker again? :D How badass would that be?!
He's right though - regardless of his views on which aspect of Bruce's persona are the "real" Bruce (which I think is a waste of time to think about anyway) - Michael Keaton, even to this day, played the best Batman. And he was the only one to pull off a great Batman AND a great Bruce Wayne. Everyone else only ever got
Since he's on the topic of the 89 Batman film...maybe he should keep that thought process going and re-cast Jack Nicholson as the Joker again? :D How badass would that be?!
He's right though - regardless of his views on which aspect of Bruce's persona are the "real" Bruce (which I think is a waste of time to think about anyway) - Michael Keaton, even to this day, played the best Batman. And he was the only one to pull off a great Batman AND a great Bruce Wayne. Everyone else only ever got one or the other to work...or neither.
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2:04AM on 02/10/2014

Wrong.

Bruce Wayne IS Batman. The public Bruce Wayne figure is the mask, his real persona is Batman. I think Ben Affleck is a good pick, and is going to blow the haters away, but when I hear nonsensical drivel like this I just wanna punch someone. Don't talk about something you clearly don't understand!
Bruce Wayne IS Batman. The public Bruce Wayne figure is the mask, his real persona is Batman. I think Ben Affleck is a good pick, and is going to blow the haters away, but when I hear nonsensical drivel like this I just wanna punch someone. Don't talk about something you clearly don't understand!
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4:35PM on 02/09/2014
How can anyone compare Affleck's casting to Keaton's casting? When Keaton was cast he was at the beginning of his career, an unknown, and he hadn't yet had the chance to prove his range as an actor.

Affleck has been acting for over 20 years! He has been the leading man in dozens of films. We have already seen everything Affleck has to give, and it aint good. He even had his chance to prove himself as a crime fighting comic book hero, and he fucked it up. Over 20 years, and over 50 movies,
How can anyone compare Affleck's casting to Keaton's casting? When Keaton was cast he was at the beginning of his career, an unknown, and he hadn't yet had the chance to prove his range as an actor.

Affleck has been acting for over 20 years! He has been the leading man in dozens of films. We have already seen everything Affleck has to give, and it aint good. He even had his chance to prove himself as a crime fighting comic book hero, and he fucked it up. Over 20 years, and over 50 movies, and he has only ever given a serviceable performance in like 10% of his films. Whenever I read shit like this, all I see is "WE NEED DAMAGE CONTROL!"
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3:23AM on 02/10/2014
"We have already seen everything Affleck has to give, and it aint good"

UHHH except for the stuff that was GREAT. :|
"We have already seen everything Affleck has to give, and it aint good"

UHHH except for the stuff that was GREAT. :|
3:33AM on 02/10/2014
Affleck has never given a great performance, ever. At his best, he plays himself. At his worst, he wins Razzie Awards. Lots of them. He was even nominated for "Worst Actor of the Decade", and deservedly so.

So don't pretend he was ever great in anything just to hype up this movie, because that is just a laughable statement. No one would have ever made that claim before he was cast as Batman. Now, seems some people just want to convince themselves.
Affleck has never given a great performance, ever. At his best, he plays himself. At his worst, he wins Razzie Awards. Lots of them. He was even nominated for "Worst Actor of the Decade", and deservedly so.

So don't pretend he was ever great in anything just to hype up this movie, because that is just a laughable statement. No one would have ever made that claim before he was cast as Batman. Now, seems some people just want to convince themselves.
9:38AM on 02/08/2014

This is likely to be an epic comment (I do apologise)

First off, let me say that I loved Man of Steel. I know this wasn't the case for everyone, but for me, I had always felt that Superman in film was too cheesy and a little dull. MoS gave me something I wanted for a Superman film... but make it feel as real as possible considering he's an alien flying around in a red cape.

Due to this fact, I feel Snyder has earned my trust. At least to wait until the finished product is out there to judged on it's own merit. At the moment it's like
First off, let me say that I loved Man of Steel. I know this wasn't the case for everyone, but for me, I had always felt that Superman in film was too cheesy and a little dull. MoS gave me something I wanted for a Superman film... but make it feel as real as possible considering he's an alien flying around in a red cape.

Due to this fact, I feel Snyder has earned my trust. At least to wait until the finished product is out there to judged on it's own merit. At the moment it's like judging a jigsaw puzzle when you've only got a handful of pieces... but this is the internet and we are used to forming kneejerk judgements based on very little. So here goes!

I'm looking forward to the MoS return cast - Cavill, Adams, Fishburne and Lane. I'm looking forward to seeing Cavill tackle the clumsy Clark persona, and seeing how they deal with the fact that Lois already knows the big secret.

As for the newest cast members to be announced... I really don't know Gal Gadot so it would be unfair to judge her Wonder Woman. Visually she's not what I was looking for, but for all I know she may nail the role. TBH, Wonder Woman is probably the character I'm least interested in seeing at the moment.

I am, of course very excited to see what characters will grace the screen from the Batman side of the world. Not just for this film, but for the chances of future solo Batflicks. Will Robin/Nightwing appear? Surely Commissioner Gordon is a must?
I know not everyone is thrilled about Jeremy Irons as Alfred. But I'm all for it. I think he'll be as good as the script allows him. If this is a truly a Man of Steel sequel - with Batman in it... how big will the Alfred role actually be at this point?

But now onto the main thrust of the comment (reacting to the article itself). During all the 'Cast This' pages across the internet, I was championing Karl Urban, but I had seen Affleck's name in contention so when the big announcement was made I wasn't as shocked as some as that link had already been made. in my mind. Surprised? Yes. But not shocked. I wouldn't have picked Affleck. But I like him. I think he'll be just fine in the role. He'll be Snyder's Batman. We've had Burton's Batman, Schumacher's Batmen, Nolan's Batman... and not it's time for Snyder to get his. I'm looking forward to seeing Affleck share screen time with Cavill, I'm looking forward to seeing the relationship he has with Irons. Of course there's that chance he'll suck. But returning to my mission statement - wait until the finished product before we make that judgement.

People always use Keaton's casting as a reason to keep the faith. To trust the director (and the actor). But I'm actually going to share my opinions of two other actors to don the cowl.

Now, I love The Dark Knight Trilogy. It was a bold new vision for Batman on film, one that we hadn't had before and one that all future Batflicks will be measured. I love The Dark Knight. And that is DESPITE Christian Bale. I do not like Bale. Not only does he not attract me to a film, but in some cases he repels me. I find his Bruce Wayne unlikeable and as Batman his infamous growl distracting. For me, the fact I'm anti-Bale but am still so very pro-Dark Knight... that means, a film as a complete vision is what you need to judge and can be enjoyed even if the lead isn't quite what you expect. Love him or hate him, Affleck is just one piece in the puzzle.

I'm now going to mix it up and - not for the first time - share my opinion and another casting option. To date, the actor closest to my personal vision of Batman is... George Clooney. Now, Batman & Robin is, again in my opinion, the worst of all Batflicks since the 60s. It's easy to say that Clooney was to blame, but I don't think Clooney failed Batman, I think the film failed Clooney. Bale benefitted from a director with a clear vision and voice on the subject. I would love to have seen Clooney, an older, smoother Bruce, be given some thing closer to tone of the Dark Knight, things could have been so different.

So, I return to my 'in Snyder I trust'. Affleck is Batman. Just a shame we've got to wait until 2016 to see the finished result now!

Now... I could leave it just there. On a positive note... but I'm going to possibly contradict myself now but saying:

For ever Keaton or Ledger... there's also a risk of a Schwarzenegger! I've already stated that I don't blame Clooney for the B&R stinkbomb... but I do point a blame-filled finger at the casting choice of Arnie as Mr Freeze. As well as being a Batfan I'm also a Trekfan and at the time I was so excited at the rumours of Patrick Stewart taking on the role... but then Arnie waded in. I was expected Picard-esque gravitas, but was greeted with Schwarzencheddar. I find his presence in the film cringeworthy and whilst he's probably not entirely to fault for that... it's a good example of casting going wrong.

And I am concerned that this is my feeling towards the casting of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. When the rumours of Joaquin Phoenix was circling I thought THAT could be interesting. Never someone I wouldn't linked to the role, but I was open to seeing how it would pan out, The casting of Eisenberg though, for me, stinks of Schwarzenegger.

Don't get me wrong. I don't mind Eisenberg. I like him in role I think he fits (I'll use The Social Network as an example), but this is Lex. He's Superman's arch-nemesis, and has caused Batman more than enough trouble over the years. It's not that I don't want Lex to be young, that works. But, I don't know - I guess it's Eisenberg's voice? Luthor is almost like a bad Bruce Wayne. At some point Luthor will become President of America. That's not Eisenberg.

I was having this conversation with my friend who likes the idea of Eisenberg in the role. The conversation moved on to other films. Including the next Transformers. This gave me the analogy to express my disappointment in Eisenberg's casting as Lex.

It's like someone's taken Optimus Prime and reimagined him as a skateboard. He'd probably make an awesome skateboard. But all the time, you'd be waiting for when he transforms back into a lorry.

But still... in 2016 I'm still excited to see what I have no doubt will be an epic movie!
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10:41PM on 02/08/2014
whoa
whoa
11:36AM on 02/10/2014
I agree with most of what you said. I totally disagree with Bale as an actor and as Batman. Bale is a fantastic and was fantastic in Batman Begins and TDKR. He was easily outshone in TDK, but still played the role well. I also feel there is a big difference between the horrific casting of Arnold and Eisenberg as Lex. I feel Eisenberg can be a good Lex and deserves as much a wait and see as anybody else in the film. Patrick Stewart would have been an amazing Mr. Freeze, but unfortunately much
I agree with most of what you said. I totally disagree with Bale as an actor and as Batman. Bale is a fantastic and was fantastic in Batman Begins and TDKR. He was easily outshone in TDK, but still played the role well. I also feel there is a big difference between the horrific casting of Arnold and Eisenberg as Lex. I feel Eisenberg can be a good Lex and deserves as much a wait and see as anybody else in the film. Patrick Stewart would have been an amazing Mr. Freeze, but unfortunately much like Clooney, would have been totally wasted in the movie.
11:59PM on 02/07/2014
It's always nice to hear Mr. Uslan talk in behind the scenes material on the special features for all the Batman movies, he speaks as an earnest fan and definitely doesn't sound like a corporate creep out to make a quick buck off the Batman name. He's seen the character through thick and thin and I really am hoping for the best from Batman vs. Superman. Everyone's reaction to Michael Keaton's casting is what I keep going back to. If you look at Affleck at this point of his career vs. Keaton at
It's always nice to hear Mr. Uslan talk in behind the scenes material on the special features for all the Batman movies, he speaks as an earnest fan and definitely doesn't sound like a corporate creep out to make a quick buck off the Batman name. He's seen the character through thick and thin and I really am hoping for the best from Batman vs. Superman. Everyone's reaction to Michael Keaton's casting is what I keep going back to. If you look at Affleck at this point of his career vs. Keaton at the point in which he was cast, Affleck does seem a whole lot more qualified to play Batman (even with massive blights on his CV). But yeah, I'm going to admit that it certainly looks like Eisenberg's Luthor will effortlessly run rings around Affleck's Wayne. Maybe Affleck might play on that, with his Bruce Wayne employing obfuscating stupidity to make Lex Luthor think his opponent is dumber than he really is.
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5:48PM on 02/07/2014

So many haters...

"I know there's a huge base of doubters/haters and that's fine. Enjoy that."
Yeah, I don't get why so many are praying for this to fail. Man of Steel kicked major ass in my estimation. The Kryptonian angle was pretty tight and the action was better than the cartoony Avengers style (not that there's anything wrong with that) in my opinion.
Those who complain about the mass destruction and death in MOS should read a comic book or watch a DC Universe animated feature sometime. I have no doubt
"I know there's a huge base of doubters/haters and that's fine. Enjoy that."
Yeah, I don't get why so many are praying for this to fail. Man of Steel kicked major ass in my estimation. The Kryptonian angle was pretty tight and the action was better than the cartoony Avengers style (not that there's anything wrong with that) in my opinion.
Those who complain about the mass destruction and death in MOS should read a comic book or watch a DC Universe animated feature sometime. I have no doubt Snyder will deliver epic action and story once again.
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5:16PM on 02/07/2014

Marvel Spoiled

With all the great movies that Marvel Studios has been putting out, its easy I think for fanboys to get spoiled. Yes, they are doing a great job handling the comic book to film dynamic. But people need to stop wishing and whining that other studios need to follow their lead exactly the same. Zack Snyder is the biggest comic book fanboy that I can think of AND he's a great filmmaker. He made a pretty decent Watchmen film when it was before thought to be impossible. He literally brought
With all the great movies that Marvel Studios has been putting out, its easy I think for fanboys to get spoiled. Yes, they are doing a great job handling the comic book to film dynamic. But people need to stop wishing and whining that other studios need to follow their lead exactly the same. Zack Snyder is the biggest comic book fanboy that I can think of AND he's a great filmmaker. He made a pretty decent Watchmen film when it was before thought to be impossible. He literally brought comic book pages to life with 300. He wants more than anything to make great Superman/Batman/ whatever films, but also have them be creatively different than the rest. Thats what he did with MoS, IMO. The destruction got pretty heavy at the end, I agree, but otherwise I absolutely loved the direction that he took it. Way better than the hokie Supermans that we have gotten in the past. I cant wait to see what Ben Affleck, Jesse Eisenberg, Gal Gadot, Jeremy Irons, and the rest of the new cast can bring to the table under his direction.
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5:39PM on 02/07/2014
This is exactly what I was thinking. People think DC needs to do exactly what Marvel did in order to be successful but the truth is that they really don't. It just doesn't make sense to me why every hero NEEDS a standalone film before a Justice League or to cameo in MoS2.
This is exactly what I was thinking. People think DC needs to do exactly what Marvel did in order to be successful but the truth is that they really don't. It just doesn't make sense to me why every hero NEEDS a standalone film before a Justice League or to cameo in MoS2.
11:46AM on 02/10/2014
I also personally feel that for all the great work Marvel has done with their movies, they are starting to become a bit boring and formulaic. I mean since Avengers were either Ironman 3 or Thor 2 that great? They were okay, but far from great. Maybe they need to start getting a little more creative to keep the ball rolling. Captain America 2 does look like it could be the movie, that switches up the formula and takes things a little more seriously.
I also personally feel that for all the great work Marvel has done with their movies, they are starting to become a bit boring and formulaic. I mean since Avengers were either Ironman 3 or Thor 2 that great? They were okay, but far from great. Maybe they need to start getting a little more creative to keep the ball rolling. Captain America 2 does look like it could be the movie, that switches up the formula and takes things a little more seriously.
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3:49PM on 02/07/2014
When I think about the release year ......The wait is so damn excruciating!!!
When I think about the release year ......The wait is so damn excruciating!!!
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4:42PM on 02/07/2014
I know, it's still like 2 1/2 years away.
I know, it's still like 2 1/2 years away.
5:36PM on 02/07/2014
Arghhh!!!
Arghhh!!!
7:43AM on 02/08/2014
I'm gonna join in with a "GAAAAHHH!"
I'm gonna join in with a "GAAAAHHH!"
3:46PM on 02/07/2014

Dare

Devil....... :/
Devil....... :/
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2:39PM on 02/07/2014

Could go either way.

I liked Man of Steel, despite it's flaws, more than most seemed to. It had some script issues but Cavill makes a great Superman and the visual style was solid. That said, it seems like they are working really hard to shoehorn a JLA movie into this one so it may seem like you are watching yet another introductory movie. Also, I think Affleck is a great filmmaker, but he isn't a great actor. I've read that he only took the part because Batman is his dream role, so maybe he knocks this one out of
I liked Man of Steel, despite it's flaws, more than most seemed to. It had some script issues but Cavill makes a great Superman and the visual style was solid. That said, it seems like they are working really hard to shoehorn a JLA movie into this one so it may seem like you are watching yet another introductory movie. Also, I think Affleck is a great filmmaker, but he isn't a great actor. I've read that he only took the part because Batman is his dream role, so maybe he knocks this one out of the park, but based on his past I just don't find the choice all that inspiring. Then you've got all of these other characters being introduced in one movie, taking time away from the Superman/Batman storyline. It seems that they're trying to pull off in one movie what it took Marvel several years to do organically. That may have unwanted consequences.

I hope I'm wrong. I love the JLA and will definitely give the movie a chance to surprise me. I love both the MArvel and DC universes, and I think the DC characters may have an even better shot at individual success than did their Marvel counterparts (Iron Man, Captain America and Thor were not particularly popular prior to their movies) but Marvel has proven that the most important aspect has been taking the time to get the right people and right story in place.
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10:45PM on 02/07/2014
"I've read that he only took the part because Batman is his dream role"

I read that he agreed because he thought the script was a fresh take on the character. I've also read that the delay is due to the fact that, as good as Affleck thought the script was, he thought it still needed work so they've brought in an Academy award winning script doctor. This is actually encouraging: Spiderman 2 went through rewrites and it turned out fine; Iron Man 2 was faced with the writer's strike and they
"I've read that he only took the part because Batman is his dream role"

I read that he agreed because he thought the script was a fresh take on the character. I've also read that the delay is due to the fact that, as good as Affleck thought the script was, he thought it still needed work so they've brought in an Academy award winning script doctor. This is actually encouraging: Spiderman 2 went through rewrites and it turned out fine; Iron Man 2 was faced with the writer's strike and they had to go with the script they had.

I think the costume was a deal maker too: I hear that there is no more leather, rubber or plastic, that it is something that an actor or stunt man could move around in. I remember how George Clooney could barely move in his batsuit. Affleck's Daredevil costume looked wearable but Affleck says it was uncomfortable and he didn't want to wear it again. No word on the actual material. Spandex? Cloth? It's worrisome but people who've seen say it looks good on him. You'll have to wait and see like the rest of us.

"It seems that they're trying to pull off in one movie what it took Marvel several years to do organically."

Hawkeye and the Black Widow did not have their own movies. Nor did Nick Fury. Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Arrow, Green Lantern, Aquaman, the Flash, they are all well known to the general public and do not have to be introduced with their own movies. We want GOOD movies. Marvel has the same problem: people want another Hulk movie or a Black Panther movie but in the rush to make a movie to satisfy fan boys they could end up making crap and they don't want to do that.
2:27PM on 02/07/2014

Bat-Producer????

Uslan piles on the pressure.
So... "Previous Bat-pics had one 'cast-choice' that greatly concerned die-hard fans. THEN... the actor's stellar performance convinced fans that NO-ONE else could ever take that role again."
No pressure Ben. No pressure.
Uslan piles on the pressure.
So... "Previous Bat-pics had one 'cast-choice' that greatly concerned die-hard fans. THEN... the actor's stellar performance convinced fans that NO-ONE else could ever take that role again."
No pressure Ben. No pressure.
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11:07PM on 02/07/2014
He said once in an interview that the studio didn't want to make a Batman movie because the TV show had been cancelled a long time ago and there was no interest in a Batman movie so he took a picture of Jack Nicholson from The Shining and drew over it with clown makeup and took it to the studio heads and said "This is what I want" and they gave him exactly what he wanted (including Nicholson) and he got the movie he wanted when Batman came out in 1989. Then things were out of his hands: Batman
He said once in an interview that the studio didn't want to make a Batman movie because the TV show had been cancelled a long time ago and there was no interest in a Batman movie so he took a picture of Jack Nicholson from The Shining and drew over it with clown makeup and took it to the studio heads and said "This is what I want" and they gave him exactly what he wanted (including Nicholson) and he got the movie he wanted when Batman came out in 1989. Then things were out of his hands: Batman made a lot of money and now more people were involved in decision making and the series became campy again and it wasn't until Nolan came along that he was able to get the movies he wanted again. And now, seven movies later, we have Snyder's take on Batman. Say what you will about Snyder, he isn't campy. He uses a lot of CGI but still manages to make everything look realistic. Note that the same thing could be said of the Avengers whereas the Incredible Hulk and Green Lantern movies looked like cartoons.
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2:25PM on 02/07/2014
The reason why people bitch so much about casting is because they have zero imagination. Then they get proven wrong when the actors knock it out of the park.
The reason why people bitch so much about casting is because they have zero imagination. Then they get proven wrong when the actors knock it out of the park.
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2:31PM on 02/07/2014
Exactly.
Exactly.
2:16PM on 02/07/2014
I agree with him. Affleck is going to be a great Batman. Fanboys sometimes get it wrong. Iremember there being a HUGE outcry when Daniel Craig was cast as Bond. After seeing Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall, you can easily see how great he was as Bond. Ben Affleck is a great actor. Trust me, if there is a problem with Batman Vs Superman, it won't be because of Ben Affleck.
I agree with him. Affleck is going to be a great Batman. Fanboys sometimes get it wrong. Iremember there being a HUGE outcry when Daniel Craig was cast as Bond. After seeing Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall, you can easily see how great he was as Bond. Ben Affleck is a great actor. Trust me, if there is a problem with Batman Vs Superman, it won't be because of Ben Affleck.
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2:11PM on 02/07/2014

Love Affleck, always good

I've never had a problem with Affleck as Bats. I would have preferred someone else but my carrying drama were filled when Christian Bale was originally cast so I can't complain much. Affleck had always excelled with a good script. People complain about his earlier work but have you ever seen Chasing Amy? He was excellent in that. Jesse Eisenberg DEF isn't my ideal Luther either but he's a good actor and probably will surprise us. I'm more concerned with Gal Gardot, she's HORRIBLE in the Fast
I've never had a problem with Affleck as Bats. I would have preferred someone else but my carrying drama were filled when Christian Bale was originally cast so I can't complain much. Affleck had always excelled with a good script. People complain about his earlier work but have you ever seen Chasing Amy? He was excellent in that. Jesse Eisenberg DEF isn't my ideal Luther either but he's a good actor and probably will surprise us. I'm more concerned with Gal Gardot, she's HORRIBLE in the Fast and Furious movies.
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2:12PM on 02/07/2014
CASTING not carrying. Fucking phone. Should have proof read
CASTING not carrying. Fucking phone. Should have proof read
2:29PM on 02/07/2014
My dream choice was Morena Baccarin for Wonder Woman. And now with her glorious mommy boobs it would have been perfection.
My dream choice was Morena Baccarin for Wonder Woman. And now with her glorious mommy boobs it would have been perfection.
3:27PM on 02/07/2014
I'm with ya on this! Affleck will not be a bad Batman. I have total faith that he can carry this character. And Eisenberg I'm not psyched about but I"m not ruling him out just yet. I think he has it in him to deliver a good performance as Luthor, just curious more than anything to see how it turns out. But I absolutely cannot get on board with Gal Gadot, she was so bad in Fast and Furious, she just doesn't have the chops to carry this character in a JL movie or in a solo movie. It's just
I'm with ya on this! Affleck will not be a bad Batman. I have total faith that he can carry this character. And Eisenberg I'm not psyched about but I"m not ruling him out just yet. I think he has it in him to deliver a good performance as Luthor, just curious more than anything to see how it turns out. But I absolutely cannot get on board with Gal Gadot, she was so bad in Fast and Furious, she just doesn't have the chops to carry this character in a JL movie or in a solo movie. It's just such a bad move and I think she's the potential to bring down this vision for WB.
11:12PM on 02/07/2014
I agree that Gal Gadot seemed wooden in the Fast and Furious but then again Linda Carter has never been good in anything other than Wonder Woman either.
I agree that Gal Gadot seemed wooden in the Fast and Furious but then again Linda Carter has never been good in anything other than Wonder Woman either.
11:12PM on 02/07/2014
I agree that Gal Gadot seemed wooden in the Fast and Furious but then again Linda Carter has never been good in anything other than Wonder Woman either.
I agree that Gal Gadot seemed wooden in the Fast and Furious but then again Linda Carter has never been good in anything other than Wonder Woman either.
11:12PM on 02/07/2014
I agree that Gal Gadot seemed wooden in the Fast and Furious but then again Linda Carter has never been good in anything other than Wonder Woman either.
I agree that Gal Gadot seemed wooden in the Fast and Furious but then again Linda Carter has never been good in anything other than Wonder Woman either.
2:02PM on 02/07/2014
I can't wait to see ANY footage from this film. I always thought with the right talent a Justice League film could be better than The Avengers. DC has made some questionable casting choices as of late, but I still believe that Batman vs Superman and Justice League is going to blow all of us away and I think Ben Affleck is going to make for an excellent Bruce Wayne/Batman.
I can't wait to see ANY footage from this film. I always thought with the right talent a Justice League film could be better than The Avengers. DC has made some questionable casting choices as of late, but I still believe that Batman vs Superman and Justice League is going to blow all of us away and I think Ben Affleck is going to make for an excellent Bruce Wayne/Batman.
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2:18PM on 02/07/2014
I'm with you dude. I'm not so much concerned with footage just yet, I mainly want to see Affleck in costume. And I'm more excited about a Justice League movie than I am Avengers mainly because I grew up loving the DC characters. As long as the actors have a good chemistry together we'll be in for a treat.
I'm with you dude. I'm not so much concerned with footage just yet, I mainly want to see Affleck in costume. And I'm more excited about a Justice League movie than I am Avengers mainly because I grew up loving the DC characters. As long as the actors have a good chemistry together we'll be in for a treat.
11:40AM on 02/10/2014
I am with you. Batman and Superman together alone has me more excited than anything Avengers related. I am just not that big of an Avengers universe fan. I enjoyed the movies, but I don't go crazy over them like many others. I am a Marvel fan, but my tastes always gravitated toward Spider-man and the X-Men. Batman is my all time favorite and I hope Affleck kills it.
I am with you. Batman and Superman together alone has me more excited than anything Avengers related. I am just not that big of an Avengers universe fan. I enjoyed the movies, but I don't go crazy over them like many others. I am a Marvel fan, but my tastes always gravitated toward Spider-man and the X-Men. Batman is my all time favorite and I hope Affleck kills it.
1:58PM on 02/07/2014
Uslan is awesome. If you watch the Batman documentary on the Batman (1989) special edition DVD that came out in 2005 and is probably on the blu-ray as well, Uslan is a very interesting guy. He actually taught a college course on comic books after comparing Superman's story to Jesus and the dean of the school was then convinced and let him teach the course.

I have no problem with Affleck as Batman, I've always liked the guy. And I think Snyder is going to bring back a little fun and style
Uslan is awesome. If you watch the Batman documentary on the Batman (1989) special edition DVD that came out in 2005 and is probably on the blu-ray as well, Uslan is a very interesting guy. He actually taught a college course on comic books after comparing Superman's story to Jesus and the dean of the school was then convinced and let him teach the course.

I have no problem with Affleck as Batman, I've always liked the guy. And I think Snyder is going to bring back a little fun and style after Nolan's trilogy.
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1:56PM on 02/07/2014

Ben Affleck, fine...

The casting of Ben Affleck as Batman is the one bit of casting news that has bothered me the least. Super Skinny Gal Gadot and Super Puny Jesse Eisenberg are the two eyebrow-raisers for me. This so-called fanboy Zack Snyder seems to not have read the same comics I did growing up.
I sort of feel bad for Henry Cavill, cos he got screwed out of his own sequel and is completely overshadowed by all the questionable casting that is going down. AND, if this movie happens to fail, he gets
The casting of Ben Affleck as Batman is the one bit of casting news that has bothered me the least. Super Skinny Gal Gadot and Super Puny Jesse Eisenberg are the two eyebrow-raisers for me. This so-called fanboy Zack Snyder seems to not have read the same comics I did growing up.
I sort of feel bad for Henry Cavill, cos he got screwed out of his own sequel and is completely overshadowed by all the questionable casting that is going down. AND, if this movie happens to fail, he gets completely screwed out of playing Superman when they inevitably reboot it again.
But whatever, my big hope from this movie is that this movie proves ALL of us wrong when it comes out. It's looking pretty bleak, but who really knows, ya know?
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2:06PM on 02/07/2014
Youre concerned about actors when you think Ben Affleck is superman?
Youre concerned about actors when you think Ben Affleck is superman?
2:08PM on 02/07/2014
I've thought about the overshadowing of Cavill as well and I don't think it will be as much of an issue when the film comes out. I didn't love Man of Steel but Cavill was great as Superman. People are up in arms over casting, etc. but we won't know until we're in the theater and see the movie.

As far as Cavill not coming back for a reboot. First of all, if they do end up rebooting Superman it won't be for a long time. Secondly, I feel they stumbled a bit with Man of Steel but they're
I've thought about the overshadowing of Cavill as well and I don't think it will be as much of an issue when the film comes out. I didn't love Man of Steel but Cavill was great as Superman. People are up in arms over casting, etc. but we won't know until we're in the theater and see the movie.

As far as Cavill not coming back for a reboot. First of all, if they do end up rebooting Superman it won't be for a long time. Secondly, I feel they stumbled a bit with Man of Steel but they're essentially riding this whole wave out so they can start putting together the Justice League movie. So Cavill will at least play Superman two more times, in Man of Steel 2/Batman vs. Superman and the Justice League movie. He's not going anywhere any time soon. Brandon Routh's career is kind of tragic but that's simply not happening with Cavill.
2:18PM on 02/07/2014
@Thunderdome - In this day and age of rebooting, with Spiderman being rebooted SO quickly after Spiderman 3, I'm not as confident they wouldn't try to rush a Superman reboot out there asap. And if Batman vs Superman tanks (which I suppose is unlikely given how loyal we all are), the Justice League movie won't happen ... I dunno, you're right -- I know you're right -- but we'll see. I do feel bad for Brandon Routh -- every time he shows up, though, I always give a little cheer,
@Thunderdome - In this day and age of rebooting, with Spiderman being rebooted SO quickly after Spiderman 3, I'm not as confident they wouldn't try to rush a Superman reboot out there asap. And if Batman vs Superman tanks (which I suppose is unlikely given how loyal we all are), the Justice League movie won't happen ... I dunno, you're right -- I know you're right -- but we'll see. I do feel bad for Brandon Routh -- every time he shows up, though, I always give a little cheer, haha

@The_ConMan -- Yeah, thanks. Fixed. It was just an error due to typing too fast and not thinking it out.
2:26PM on 02/07/2014
Yeah that's mainly my point when it comes to an eventual reboot. I think they're in too deep at this point and don't want to take any more steps back. First Green Lantern wasn't the hit they thought it was going to be, then Bale wasn't interested in coming back so they couldn't use the Dark Knight continuity so now they have to go a different route with a new Batman. I think after the success of Man of Steel they're a little more confident and seem to have at least a clear vision for this
Yeah that's mainly my point when it comes to an eventual reboot. I think they're in too deep at this point and don't want to take any more steps back. First Green Lantern wasn't the hit they thought it was going to be, then Bale wasn't interested in coming back so they couldn't use the Dark Knight continuity so now they have to go a different route with a new Batman. I think after the success of Man of Steel they're a little more confident and seem to have at least a clear vision for this next movie. I think it will work out in the end.

And I liked Routh as well but he was limited by trying to imitate Christopher Reeve (who was born to play the role) while Cavill had more freedom and made it his own.
3:06PM on 02/07/2014
Good points. Physically Gal Gadot doesn't resemble any Wonder Woman I've ever seen. I guess there is always time for her to bulk up. Eisenberg came totally out of left field, and given that he plays Jesse Eisenberg in every movie you can pretty much guess what you're gonna get onscreen.

There is almost no chance this fails though. The only chance I can see for that happening is if the reviews are completely brutal and this looks like a Battlefield Earth level disaster. Even then it might
Good points. Physically Gal Gadot doesn't resemble any Wonder Woman I've ever seen. I guess there is always time for her to bulk up. Eisenberg came totally out of left field, and given that he plays Jesse Eisenberg in every movie you can pretty much guess what you're gonna get onscreen.

There is almost no chance this fails though. The only chance I can see for that happening is if the reviews are completely brutal and this looks like a Battlefield Earth level disaster. Even then it might not matter given the popularity of the genre and the hype involved.
11:42PM on 02/07/2014
Jesse Eisenberg will need to cut his hair short. He's too young to pull off baldness. Michael Rosenbaum looked fine as a bald man but I can understand why they would have wanted to keep the Smallville series separate from the movie series. Ten years from now, Jesse Eisenberg will be perfect as Lex Luthor. The question is whether or not the same actors will be cast ten years from now. If not then casting a young Lex Luthor now is going to seem a complete waste.

Anyway, the same argument
Jesse Eisenberg will need to cut his hair short. He's too young to pull off baldness. Michael Rosenbaum looked fine as a bald man but I can understand why they would have wanted to keep the Smallville series separate from the movie series. Ten years from now, Jesse Eisenberg will be perfect as Lex Luthor. The question is whether or not the same actors will be cast ten years from now. If not then casting a young Lex Luthor now is going to seem a complete waste.

Anyway, the same argument applies to Gal Gadot: she's only 28 and that makes a bit younger than Gina Carano (who is 31). Plus she's easier on the eyes and a better actress. And most of the actresses that were suggested for Wonder Woman, such as Lucy Lawless (45), are much older than those two. They wanted an experienced actress but they also wanted someone who could play the role for 10-20 years. Linda Carter was only 24 when she was first cast as Wonder Woman.
1:46PM on 02/07/2014

Can't wait!!!

It's gonna be amazing!
It's gonna be amazing!
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1:44PM on 02/07/2014
I was really hoping for a stand-alone Superman trilogy.
The 2nd movie would feature Lex Luthor, played by Cranston or Dicaprio. He finds or creates Kryptonite etc etc.
The 3rd movie would've featured Doomsday (who would probably need to be mostly cgi). Superman is nearly killed by Doomsday, he leaves earth, flies into the Sun, get's super-powered, comes back to earth at the speed of light and destroys Doomsday (or flings him out into space - also at the speed of light). He then
I was really hoping for a stand-alone Superman trilogy.
The 2nd movie would feature Lex Luthor, played by Cranston or Dicaprio. He finds or creates Kryptonite etc etc.
The 3rd movie would've featured Doomsday (who would probably need to be mostly cgi). Superman is nearly killed by Doomsday, he leaves earth, flies into the Sun, get's super-powered, comes back to earth at the speed of light and destroys Doomsday (or flings him out into space - also at the speed of light). He then realizes all he needs is the sun. He leaves earth for good and goes to live there, quietly watching over the solar system for 1000's of years.
As far as what we're getting...whatever. I'm sure Afflect will be fine. I'm not familiar with that Gal chick -she doesn't look like wonder woman to me. I would've picked Jamie Alexander. For the little douche from the Facebook movie. Whatever.
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2:02PM on 02/07/2014
whew that is a horrible idea for a superman trilogy. Doomsday yes..but the last part is awful. stick to whatever it is you do...
whew that is a horrible idea for a superman trilogy. Doomsday yes..but the last part is awful. stick to whatever it is you do...
2:17PM on 02/07/2014
Thats cool man.
Thats cool man.
2:41PM on 02/07/2014
Well , Duhyeager, in one comics series he does live in the sun, and basically becomes a god. So there's that...
Well , Duhyeager, in one comics series he does live in the sun, and basically becomes a god. So there's that...
1:42PM on 02/07/2014
Uslan's the real deal. He singlehandedly sold Warner Bros. on making a serious Batman film in the 80s and he's still there today. He even produced Mask of the Phantasm for God's sake. (The Shumacher movies were made when WB was under different management and they wouldn't listen to him. Times are different now). I was happy to see his and Ben Melniker's names at the end of The Lego Movie, because that technically has Batman in it, haha. Uslan is right on the money. Let's wait and see what
Uslan's the real deal. He singlehandedly sold Warner Bros. on making a serious Batman film in the 80s and he's still there today. He even produced Mask of the Phantasm for God's sake. (The Shumacher movies were made when WB was under different management and they wouldn't listen to him. Times are different now). I was happy to see his and Ben Melniker's names at the end of The Lego Movie, because that technically has Batman in it, haha. Uslan is right on the money. Let's wait and see what happens.
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1:35PM on 02/07/2014
"I'm more looking forward to seeing it all on the big screen, which is the final destination to making up your mind whether or not a movie is good or bad."

AMEN
"I'm more looking forward to seeing it all on the big screen, which is the final destination to making up your mind whether or not a movie is good or bad."

AMEN
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