This is my favorite scene in TDK.
Frankly, I’m very calm about it. I don’t have any passionate negative or positive feelings about Ben Affleck playing Batman. I’m just calm. I’m reserving judgment until I see how this plays out in context.
One reason why I’m calm is because there have been many instances in the past where unusual casting decisions turned out okay. When Michael Keaton was picked to be Batman, fans threw a shitfit and he did a great job.When Heath Ledger was chosen for the Joker, fans threw a shitfit and his performance turned out to be legendary.When Anne Hathaway was chosen for Catwoman, fans threw a shitfit and she did fine.(You’ve probably heard these examples a million times, but I think they are valid enough to bring up.)
I personally threw a shitfit when I saw a picture of the tumbler before Batman Begins came out. I was like ‘THAT’S NOT THE BATMOBILE! Who’s THIS NOLAN GUY! HE DOESN’T KNOW BATMAN! I AIN’T WATCHING THIS SHIT!’.Once I saw the tumbler in the context of the movie it became my favorite bat vehicle ever. And, I went on to consider the Batman films directed by “That Nolan guy” to be the best and most definitive depictions of Batman that I have ever seen.
I don’t know if Affleck is going to be bad or good, and I’m not going to make that judgement until I see him in context. I want to see him in the suit, hear his line delivery, and see the role that he plays in the story before I decide if he fits or not. I’m not wasting my energy worrying about the quality of a performance that hasn’t been performed yet.
With that said, the good news is that if he does suck, it will just make it easier to root for Superman. After all, this is a Superman movie. We’re supposed to be rooting for Superman in this movie.
Another reason why I’m calm about it is I’ve already decided that The Dark Knight Trilogy’s version of Batman is my definitive version. Christian Bale is my definitive live-action Batman. This means that no matter what type of performance that Affleck or any other actor gives of Batman in the future, it won’t change the fact that I can put BB, TDK, TDKR in my blu-ray player and see my favorite Batman. Ben Affleck’s performance, whether it is good or bad, will not be enough to change that for me. So as far as I’m concerned he can give it his best shot. If he does well, more power to him. I’ll be fine either way. (So don’t worry. This blog won’t suddenly be soaked in Batfleck pictures/gifs, though I will reblog some if I like his suit/performance.)
I know that this opinion may be unpopular because a lot of people are upset about this decision, but I just can’t bring myself to be worked up about this. At the end of the day, I’m intrigued to see how this will all play out.
|—||Christopher Nolan on the Joker and Bane - The Dark Knight Trilogy: The Complete Screenplays with Selected Storyboards. pg xiv.|
|—||Jonathan Nolan on the villains in-The Dark Knight Trilogy: The Complete Screenplays with Selected Storyboards. pg xv.|