So what are my thoughts on Ben Affleck being the new Batman?
Take a guess…
I am happy Warner Brothers is moving forward with another movie and I think that Superman/Batman will probably be a less risky and easier leap to take than jumping into a Justice League movie.
However…after The Dark Knight Rises and The Man of Steel…I am not sure I want the “vision” of this duo we’ve seen from WB executives, Snyder and Goyer…at least not without some adjustments. But I’m not sure DC or WB actually listen to fan or consumer feedback, and I don’t think they follow a creative path just a financial one. One thing is for sure it won’t be difficult to create buzz and excitement for this movie and I hope they will creatively prove my doubts wrong and make a great flick.
My brief spoiler free Man of Steel review is that I think it is a good summer action flick but only a good Superman movie for about the first 70% of the film. I’m not going to do a spoiler heavy blog about what I think the movie did wrong, because Mark Waid already did a much better job of that than I’d do and I feel roughly the same way he did.
This fall Marvel will have a TV series on ABC about their superhero universe with little or no direct involvement from their superheroes. Hopefully the series will be a big success and that’ll be good for Marvel Comics and good for fans.
While it may seem like a copycat move, DC has a perfect template in Gotham Central to launch their own series about their properties that does not need a budget built for superheroes. Personally I think the series could be a good fit on a network like USA or TNT, who both seem more interested in hour long dramas than the bigger networks.
I also think that the idea of Gotham City as a character is as strong a hook as the Marvel movies are to help boost interest in a TV series. The idea of Batman and the environment he exists in can create a feeling that the show is much bigger than a standard cop show without actually needing to deliver Batman himself.
I don’t really expect something like this to happen. It would require a much larger amount of respect than Warner Brothers has ever shown in the subject matter to even consider it. But if it does…I just pray they take it seriously and don’t develop it as another teen drama for the godawful CW Network.
This is a great clip of Grant Morrison telling Kevin Smith his take on Batman’s history.
Comics lost a legend today not only as a memorable artist and creator but also as a former head of DC Comics.
Thanks for everything Carmine Infantino.