Batfleck’s Friends Speak Out!
October 2, 2013 Leave a comment
George Clooney is possibly the biggest movie star on the planet and also happened to play Batman (horribly).
“Batman is still the biggest break I ever had and it completely changed my career, even if it was weak and I was weak in it,” Clooney told Total Film in a 2011 interview. “It was a difficult film to be good in. I don’t know what I could have done differently.” I think we can all agree the nipple suit would have been a good starting point.
With that being said, did Clooney offer Ben Affleck (Clooney’s producer partner on the Best Picture winning Argo) any advice on playing the caped crusader in the upcoming Man of Steel 2 (Batman vs. Superman) movie?
Despite that, Clooney did provide some rational thoughts to those Batman fans who were (and still are) so outraged by Affleck’s casting. “I tend to look at it like this, let’s just see what the movie is before everyone starts beating him up,” he said. “He is a smart man, he knows what he is doing.” I tend to agree with Clooney. Most fanboys reacted in the same manor to the news Heath Ledger would be playing the Joker and that turned out to be an unforgettable performance. We never want to admit, but “some” Hollywood producers know what they are doing.
Matt Damon also weighed in with words of support in August, when the Batfleck controversy was at its climax (until the first screen shots or trailer are released).
“I think it will be great. It will be terrific. I know there are a lot of people grousing on the internet. I just think it’s kind of funny. You know, he’s not playing King Lear. It’s Batman!” Damon said to the Times of India. “[That’s] certainly within his skill set. If anybody saw ‘Argo’ or ‘The Town,’ and all the work he’s been doing lately, its way more nuanced and interesting and way more difficult than Batman! Batman just sits there with his cowl over his head and whispers in a kinda gruff voice at people. Bruce Wayne is the more challenging part of the role, and Ben will be great at that.”
Affleck will play Batman in Warner Bros.‘ “Man of Steel” sequel. The film is due out in theaters on July 17, 2015.