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Even as someone who liked the Daredevil movie okay, this bit of casting news makes me raise my eyebrows. I think his strength lies in directing. This is basically a reboot of the character, not that much beyond the latest reboot.

I will certainly give it a chance - the casting of Heath Ledger as the Jokes back then caused me to go "huh?" as well and I think he turned in a brilliant performance - because Batman is my fave superhero and I think a combined Supes/Batman movie has potential but...hm.

That said, there are other actors I would have prefered. And one unrealistic choice I would have personally prefered very much and wish someone would rescue from their current position of drek and constant under-valuation.



Aug. 23rd, 2013 05:41 pm (UTC)
It occured to me after my initial surprise at the casting that this might be a case of "Executive Decision", that 1996 Kurt Russell/Steven Seagal movie.

In it, Steven Seagal plays some big bad soldier that is supposed to rescue a flying plane from terrorists, while Kurt Russell is the mild-mannered scientist that was supposed to "help" him for about five minutes. However, 30 minutes into the movie, before the action even begins, Steven Seagal's character dies, and Kurt Russell has to take over as the hero.

I'm thinking that this might be what they are up to here: Ben Affleck is Batman, but then he gets killed off early in the movie and a new Batman rises. And the movie will be about the introduction of that character.

Until I hear otherwise, I'm sticking to that theory. :-)
Aug. 23rd, 2013 05:46 pm (UTC)
Oh, I didn`t know that story. Interesting take on it.

It baffles me PR-wise, though. They must know that casting announcement will be met with outrage. I figure with them trying so obviously desperately to get their own versions of the Avengers up-and-running, they would try more to build up goodwill from the comic fan crowd. There are some actors with whom that would have worked.

Maybe they think they are doing the RDJ thing here back when he was first cast as Ironman. Um, nope. That was different.