The Internet meltdown may be over, but each week seems to bring yet another celebrity weighing in on Ben Affleck as Batman.
The latest? Anthony Mackie, who will play the superhero known as The Falcon in next spring's "phase 2" Marvel movie Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He expects Affleck to make Batman "cool again" after a run of performances in which the Caped Crusader was too often "lost in trepidation."
Not sure I agree, but fine. We're entitled to our opinions.
Others to weigh in recently include Michael Keaton and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who looked like the heir apparent at the end of the final film in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises. Even Stan Lee took a turn.
Can we call it there? Can we finally stop asking celebs about the choice of Affleck as Batman? No? Ah, right. Tonight brings us the 65th Primetime Emmy awards, and Ryan Seacrest needs a conversation starter for when Matt Damon shows up on the red carpet. Wouldn't want it to get awkward.
Frustratingly, both the hand-wringers and "Baffleck" supporters miss the most important part of the Man of Steel 2 story. Director Zack Snyder wants Batman to be a "seasoned crime fighter" while Warner Bros. boss Kevin Tsujihara has enthused that the next film will be Batman versus Superman.
Add it up, and we can fairly conclude that, whatever else is in the script, Snyder isn't planning yet another stale reboot of the character. Shouldn't that be a refreshing change for both fans and investors in Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) stock?
If anything, Affleck's casting proves that DC Entertainment believes it doesn't have to start from scratch in building a cinematic universe that rivals what Marvel has built for Walt Disney (NYSE:DIS). That's an unqualified win for investors like me.
For that, Ben, you have this Fool's thanks.
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