The Internet still doesn’t seem to have gotten over the fact that Ben Affleck is playing Batman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel. Despite the fact that many actors have embodied the character before him and I’m sure many will after him, and despite the fact that George Clooney’s version of the character included bat nipples, and despite the fact that a lot of fans seemed to hate what Zack Snyder did with the first Man of Steel anyway, people are really mad about this. Some have even gone so far as to draw up petitions, because this is totally the kind of thing that people should spend their time petitioning. Although Twitter exploded in a hellfire of rage and hashtags the night Ben’s casting was announced, it’s nice to see that his good friend Matt Damon has his back. Matt came to his pal’s defense in an interview with the Times of India, but something about his response tells me he’s poised to be the next target of the Internet’s fury.
“I think it will be great. It will be terrific. I know there are a lot of people grousing on the internet. I just think it’s kind of funny. You know, he’s not playing King Lear. It’s Batman! Certainly within his skill set. If anybody saw Argo or The Town, and all the work he’s been doing lately, it’s way more nuanced and interesting and way more difficult than Batman! Batman just sits there with his cowl over his head and whispers in a kinda gruff voice at people. Bruce Wayne is the more challenging part of the role, and Ben will be great at that.”
I think I speak for everyone when I say uh oh to the nth degree. Clearly Matt has seen that there are people “grousing.” Who’s to say they won’t grouse about him and his lack of respect for this very serious franchise which used to feature Danny DeVito dressed up as a penguin? I’m prepared to walk down the street later today with people thrusting clipboards in my face yelling that they need my signature to get Matt Damon permanently banned from Hollywood for suggesting that Batman is easier to play that King Lear. “He’ll never get a swag bag at any award show in this town again! No swag for you, Matt Damon!” they’ll shout. And I’m pretty sure one of those people with the clipboards will be Jimmy Kimmel with a fake mustache and sunglasses disguising his voice with a German accent.
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