Don’t Fear the Batman
The recent release of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice brought a negative reaction from critics and a mixed response from fans. Much of the fears that fans had when looking at the trailers came to pass. Though I personally enjoyed the film despite its flaws, there are those who understandably weren’t impressed. But this isn’t about any of that.
Let’s talk about Batman.
In 2013, Ben Affleck was announced as the next actor to portray the Dark Knight on the big screen. This was met with a less than favorable response from diehard fans of the comics and the character. Many people gave Batman v. Superman a death notice before it was even shot solely because of “Batfleck.” As it has turned out, those people are eating crow. Affleck’s portrayal of Batman has received praised from virtually every critic and fan.
Apprehension about Batman’s portrayal on the big screen isn’t anything new. In 1989, Michael Keaton was cast as the Caped Crusader. The backlash from fans was arguably even higher than that for “Batfleck.” To that point, Michael Keaton was mostly known as a comedic actor. Fans were understandably concerned that this would turn into another Adam West Batman. Tim Burton, however, who directed Keaton as the quasi-titular character in Beetlejuice, saw something different. In the end, everything worked out. The film was huge success and critics and fans alike hailed Keaton’s performance as Batman in both Batman and Batman Returns in 1992.
Fans take their passions very seriously. They are adamant that the craft they have devoted time and energy into following isn’t ruined or embarrassed. Batman’s fans epitomize this mindset. They take the character extremely seriously. The casting and reaction of Ben Affleck and Michael Keaton as Batman proves that sometimes you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover.
Matt is a 23-year-old producer, director, and writer from DFW, Texas, who holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Film, TV, and Digital Media from Texas Christian University and is now an apprentice at the Center for Creative Media. His ultimate goal is to bring glory to God as a showrunner on TV. He is fueled by laughter, music, and donuts. Lots and lots of donuts.