Why were Ben Affleck’s superhero roles better?

Ben Affleck gets to blame for bad comic book movies, but it’s not his fault.

by Nathan Kamal | published

Ben Affleck may be the least respected, most admired man in hollywood. Despite winning two Academy Awards (one for co-writing) good will Hunting and for one direction argo), three Golden Globes, and the highest honor bestowed at the Venice Film Festival, Ben Affleck is regarded as as much of a Dunkin’ Coffee meme as he is an actor and filmmaker. Nowhere is this more apparent than in two damned attempts to break into the superhero game: first with Daredevil in 2003 and then with Batman in 2016.

In both cases, Ben Affleck was ridiculed for being cast as a beloved comic book character and, frankly, this is deeply unfair to both the man and the superhero he was portraying. In both the cases of blind lawyer/crime-ridden Catholic Matt Murdock and adult orphan/drunken Bruce Wayne, Ben Affleck got a no-win and was then promptly exterminated in the public domain for it. This did a disservice to Ben Affleck (and many of his public personal issues) and the public image of the characters he was portraying.

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we will start brave, the 2003 film starring Ben Affleck as the title character, future Marvel Cinematic Universe mainstay Jon Favreau as his legal partner Foggy Nelson, Jennifer Garner as his romantic partner Elektra Nachios (as well as his future partner). actual wife), Colin Farrell starred as the killer Bullseye. , and Michael Clarke as Duncan Wilson Fisk aka The Kingpin. Simply put, comic book movies were everywhere in 2003; for everyone X-Men 2 who took the genre a step further, a league of extraordinary gentlemen There it was to pull it back six steps. There was no concept of a shared universe in which any film had to focus on tone or continuity, and no real blueprint for success.

Ben Affleck went into that furnace, and of course, he was burned by Daredevil, so much so that he for a time claimed to have vaccinated himself against superhero movies forever. there’s a lot to criticize braveFrom Murdock’s absurdly lengthy voiceover origin story to the ridiculous, frankly batman and robin-inspired suit-up scene in which Vigilante shows off his moves in an empty room, whatever Colin Farrell was doing for no particular reason. That’s not the problem with the Ben Affleck film, though.

The problem is that no one has any idea what kind of movie Daredevil should be. director Mark Steven Johnson, who would go on to make any worse ghost riding Along with Nicolas Cage, he is responsible for some of the slowest, most bizarre fight scenes ever to appear in a superhero film. The film suddenly changes from melodramatic canned angles in courtroom scenes to Ben Affleck jumping on a pipe organ to fight Colin Farrell for murdering a man via a straight-up subway train (never brought back again). gives.

It has nothing to do with Ben Affleck, who actually puts on a decent, subdued performance as Matt Murdock. He was given a bad position during that time period in which 20th Century Fox’s best idea to follow up on the most acclaimed X-Men film was to franchise Brett Ratner. brave The worst trend of Ben Affleck’s career began, rapidly followed by lily, living christmasAnd paycheck until he revived himself as the director of a Boston-set crime thriller.

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Later, the announcement that Ben Affleck had been cast as Batman for the (then) Zack Snyder-orchestrated DC Universe was met with disgust from fans online. Now that he’s nearing the end of his long, arduous journey as Batman, it can’t be argued that Ben Affleck was close to the worst thing about any movie. To innovate: A world-weary, frontline alcoholic who was burned in a crime battle before Superman existed, first threatens him, then inspires him.

Instead of ruining Batman, Ben Affleck nearly ruined him, with the experience reportedly exaggerating his drinking problem to the point of fearing for his life. He has described the production of Justice League That’s one of the worst things he’s ever done, and everyone else on set pretty much agrees. How can they be expected to live up to fans’ expectations when the entire Warner Bros.

Simply put, Ben Affleck deals with a terrible hand when it comes to comic book movies and then he is blamed for being bad. Hopefully he has learned his lesson this time.

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