Monday, January 20, 2014

Bonus Post: More Batman

A couple nights ago, Your Blog promised to finish up on his thoughts about the current state of all things Batman.

As with politics, things in Hollywood, sometimes, change so fast that The PC can't keep up.

*Oh, how The PC envies the full time bloggers who stand at their posts 24/7 to bring us professionally written snark all day long. But, your humble Blog has a life and career that prevent that from happening here. So take it as I give it to you. Or don't. Whatever.*

So, here, in a condensed nutshell...

A quick look at what I wanted to say, two nights ago.

                                                             Ben Affleck as Batman.

I don't have a problem with this.

Back in the late 1980's, while fanboys all over the world were getting their Kevlar™ panties in a bunch over the casting of Michael Keaton as Batman...

I had just seen Keaton in some movie about hockey and murder, I don't remember what it was called...

But, it was dark and intense.

And Keaton demonstrated his dark and intense chops in the film.

Sure he was slight of build and had no chin to speak of...

                                                          But, with the right costume...

I had faith that this would work. 

*It helped that your Blog had run into Kim "Vicki Vale" Basinger a couple of months before "Batman['s]" release, and she assured me that the movie was not going to be played for comedy.*

And, look what happened. After two pretty damned good movies, Keaton was replaced by Val Kilmer and, subsequently, George Clooney.

And, the same fanboys screamed for Keaton.

*I don't blame Kilmer or Clooney. They did the best that they could with the material that they were given. I blame Joel Schumacher.*

Similarly, and coincidentally, not 24 hours before the announcement that Affleck had been cast as the newest Batman...

*Granted, Ben was mediocre as "DareDevil." But, Like Clooney, I couldn't blame Ben for being mediocre when saddled with a mediocre character.*

I saw "Jersey Girl" (the only Kevin Smith film that I had not seen before.)

Affeck's character was dark and intense. Driven by grief.

Like, you know, Bruce Wayne.

So yeah. I think that Ben could be a great Batman. I'm not worried about that.


Breaking Bat-News!!!!

Just yesterday, Warner Bros. announced that the release date of the "Superman/Batman" movie is being pushed from June 2015 to May 2016.

Go to E! Online for a vague and unsatisfying explanation.

For whatever reason, it looks like we will have to wait.

In the meantime...

We Bat-Fans will have to get our fix from the upcoming "Lego Movie."

Television's equivalent of Ryan Reynolds, Will Arnett is the voice of...

                                                                     "Lego Batman"

And based on advance buzz and a handful of trailers...

Totally nails the part, and is funny in a "post-modern" "Toy Story" sort of way.

And, I am okay with that.

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