In Defense of Ben Affleck…

Ben Affleck is a good actor. He may have had some bad choices along the way, but nevertheless he is a good actor. Last week, we found out that he was cast to portray Batman in the new Superman (Man of Steel) sequel: Batman Vs. Superman.

How this news was received? People overreacted and even other actors disapproved of this. I was shocked that Affleck got so much hate for one role. Ok, before I start getting hate myself. I’m not particularly excited that he got the role, but I think if he got it the people who cast him saw something that would compliment Cavil’s Superman. Let’s not judge him on the fact that he portrayed Daredevil and that movie failed miserably.

Personally, I didn’t like when Val Kilmer and George Clooney portrayed Batman. Let me clarify the fact that I have only seen Batman in movies and have not read the comics. For me- Batman is a rich man that has a dark side and a sad past.  Simple.

George Clooney is cute and too happy to have a dark side. Val Kilmer’s huge lips would be too distracting under that mask. Once you notice, you can’t stop looking at them! These old movies weren’t as successful as the first ones, right? And then we got over it and welcomed Christian Bale.

Affleck has a little of darkness to him and we know he can do action movies. Daredevil failed because it deviated a lot from the comic. There were probably a lot of other reasons why it failed aside from the main actor. What if this is the role that Affleck gets to redeem himself from his previous superhero portrayal?  Could any of us have known that he would be a great director? No. He was praised with his first attempt with The Town. Then, Argo won an Oscar. Stop spreading around how much you hate the fact that he got cast. We just need to wait and see what happens! Though on the other hand, hey you’re setting the bar low and he can potentially surprise all of us.

If this doesn’t do it then consider the fact that sometimes the actor is just a factor of the final product. Good scripts, shots, directing, editing and effects most of the time outweigh other aspects.

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Daredevil (2003): From Darkness to Light

I’m going to try this out. I picked this movie to review, because I wanted to try something out. I like this movie, I loved this movie when it came out and I own it. Let me also explain I don’t read comics and since I know “its never accurate!” I never looked up criticism on this movie. I lived in my nice “I like the Daredevil movie” world. Recently, while browsing online I read that this was one of the worst superhero origins movies. I thought that was unfair, Green Lantern is out. Oh wait that had not been made yet.

I went to see this movie when it first came out in theaters and my 13 year old self loved this movie. I obsessed over the soundtrack (it introduced me to Evanescence) and I purchased the movie as soon as it came out. I haven’t watched this movie in a long time (years) and all I remember is how much I loved it.

Yesterday, I decided to give it a go again. It’s been about 3 or 4 years since I’ve sat down to watch the entire movie. I didn’t like the movie as much as I liked it years ago. It is a simple plot, the characters aren’t well developed and the ending is awful since the sequel “Elektra” wasn’t really a sequel.  I still love the soundtrack though.

Now for my final thoughts…I’m going to research what was terrible about this movie that people hated it.  I’m sure this is a great idea…

An hour later…

You know how some people have small quirks that they don’t realize they are doing up until someone points it out at them…well it’s the same when you read about movie mistakes. I won’t be able to NOT notice it now.

So Daredevil…

1-    There is a version in the comics where the original outfit was yellow. Of course movie producers would choose not to use this, who wants to see a night hero in yellow tights? The deep red is more appropriate in so many ways.

2-    This is something that personally bothers me…in every origins movie we are shown that moment that made the character decide to turn into a superhero. In this movie, they do show the scenes when he was a kid but then its just assumed that he grows up and decides to wear a costume at night.

3-    The Fixer and The Kingpin. The Fixer orders to kill Matt Murdock’s father, not the Kingpin.  Also, there was a controversy because they picked an actor that did not look like the comic. Well, Michael Clark Duncan did a pretty good job, didn’t he? Also, later on we would see Nick Fury played by Samuel L. Jackson. If the actor can play the role, he should play the role.

4-    I read that there are differences in the ethic of the movie Daredevil and the comic one. Though, by the end of the movie both are the same.

5-    And… Elektra dies. Elektra dies in the movie, in the comic, Elektra dies. The movie decides to put this odd ending where it’s left open ended that SOMEHOW she may still be alive. Then, since Jennifer Garner’s performance was good they miraculously REVIVED her for her spinoff. Just to DIE AGAIN in the box office. Why.

Next time I see this movie again, I don’t know what I’ll think anymore. Wait, I know- hey Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner probably met here. Other than that: it’s probably going to be like the time I read about Deadpool in Wolverine Origins. Once you know, you can’t UNSEE the mistake.