Comic Book ‘Fans’ Have Restored Some Of My Faith In Gamers
Only insofar as, at least now I know that we are not alone in our entitled and hyper-reactive natures.
So unless you’ve been living under a rock these past few days or spent most of it passed out, the most controversial thing this year has happened and it revolves entirely around the recently announced Batman / Superman movie. You know, that movie that’s supposed to be the sequel to Man of Steel only it’s Batman’s name that comes first in the title and it’s the news of who gets to play the Dark Knight that has been making all the headlines thus far. So Batman Again But This Time With Superman Too, basically. Well, we now have that famed role filled and did we mention how controversial the entire thing has been?
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Seriously, you just cannot fathom the amount of rage videos that hit the internet this past weekend after it was revealed that Ben Affleck would be playing the role of Batman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel.
Before you guys get on my back about this, yes, I know it’s not Friday and therefore I should be talking about gaming today, but I promise there are comparisons to be drawn. But hey! While I have the floor, right? The thing is, I can understand a lot of the rage about Ben Affleck being cast in the role of Batman. First and foremost, he’s not really the greatest actor in the world, is he? His directing ability aside, his acting has been spotty at best and they’re putting him in a role that demands a certain level of attention and care. On that much, I can agree with the world that it’s a questionable choice.
But then I think about it and I remember that it’s meant to be a Man of Steel sequel, and the amount of controversy surrounding the man’s appointment astounds me. For one, people are claiming that it’s his Hollywood connections that made the difference in his winning the role of Batman. For two, just how fucking entitled are comic-book geeks in this world? That was probably the biggest reminder for me, of just how hardcore comic-book readers can be sometimes. I’m not even sure that some of them have even read that many comics, but they will rage about how unsuitable Ben Affleck is, for this role.
Try and tell me he doesn’t look like a real-life Bruce Wayne, from all of the fictional content that Frank Miller has provided the world.
I’ll agree that he’s too contemporary, too already-famous and there’s that distinct lack of acting pedigree about him that might reek of subpar performance when he eventually gets around to it. But I at least am willing to wait for a bit and see what he can do. Know why? Simple, really. I remember the way fans reacted to news of Heath Ledger as The Joker.
Perhaps you guys don’t remember, so I’m going to take the liberty of sharing with you all, an image that was shared to my Facebook page this past weekend. I’m glad that it was (thanks Charl) because it saved me a few hours of having to Google for old forum threads and the like, to prove to the world that I wasn’t just talking out of my ass when I cautioned against hating on Ben Affleck because fans reacted exactly the same to Heath Ledger once upon a time.
Don’t believe me? Go ahead and read:
And you know, that’s not all. Even some superfans of the DC Comics universe are getting behind Ben Affleck and cautioning other geeks against over-reacting. Check out the video below for Angry Joe’s vlog in which he first rages and then defends Affleck as the future Bruce Wayne.
All of this comes down to one simple truth, one unavoidable observation of a weekend filled with fanboy rage: Fanboys will be fanboys. And that absolutely delights me because it means that we as gamers are not alone in being self-entitled, whiny asshats about stuff we don’t like. Whether it’s the latest iteration of Call of Duty, or whatever else, we as gamers love to bitch and moan and cryface about this, that and the other completely irrelevant topic. Easy mode in Dark Souls? Let’s have a cry about it! Mass Effect 3 didn’t end the way you wanted? Go ahead and tell the world how much you hate it! BioShock: Infinite still has no singleplayer DLC? Fuck it, Irrational, what are you guys doing!? And now I can safely say that we’re not alone in doing this; we’re joined by all the self-entitled, whiny asshat geeks of the world.
What’s that? The latest Green Lantern film was shit? We have yet to see a decent Wolverine movie? There’s still no proper Gambit showings in the X-Men movies? What the fuck was X-Men 3 anyway? What is wrong with the Spider-Man movies that makes them so lame? Where is the Deadpool movie we all want? Why was Superman Returns so absolutely shit? Nolan isn’t directing or producing this movie so how can it not be made of pure suck? Ben motherfucking Affleck, are you kidding me?!
I feel a little better about gamers now. I’ll feel worlds better after a few crazy geek fanboys start issuing death threats, though. I’ll let Jim clarify.
Before I leave, I’d just like to make a slightly more personal observation. I’ve always thought that Batman was a highly overrated character and whatever he can do, Daredevil can do blindfolded. Only he won’t need the blindfold because he’s already blind. Now this is one of those standard DC Vs Marvel match-ups so I won’t go into extraneous detail over why I think that Daredevil is better, but I do feel that he doesn’t get the credit he deserves sometimes, because Batman is just the most loved fictional character in comics. I’m not sure why the ‘devil himself isn’t cooler than someone who’s afraid of bats, but I guess that’s the world for you. Glorifying the undeserving, one orphan at a time. But I guess the joke’s on the world because who was it that played Daredevil in that movie from a few years ago? OH. Right…