Monday, August 26, 2013
For the 500th issue, I thought I would go back to my roots and feature the two original stars of this blog. It's no secret why I focused on Batman and Thing-centric team ups early on, as they are my favorite characters from each company.
Well, Batman has been on the news plenty this week with word that Ben Affleck would be taking over the cowl for the Man of Steel Sequel and potential other films. I don't have the instant hate that many do for Affleck and I an cautiously optimistic to see what he will do with the role. He is one of my favorite current directors - I love all three of his films - so the idea that he may go on to direct a solo Batman film down the road has me intrigued, I think he is a great choice for that. He hasn't done a big effects heavy film yet though, so I don't know if he would be a perfect fit to direct the inevitable JLA film. I actually didn't mind him as Daredevil, the problems with that film were with the rest of the casting, script and direction... and besides, that was a decade ago, his recent performances have shown him grow as an actor. At any rate, I am ready for a new incarnation of Batman - this time with more emphasis on the detective aspects, and with a better costume (and one that doesn't retire every time he has a bad day).
The Thing is due to return in a FF reboot as well, but nothing I have heard about that film, from casting to direction, gives me much confidence yet. Hopefully he will at least be created with CG this time around.