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(The Atlantic)   What we've all been waiting for: The Atlantic weighs in on Baffleck being Batman   (theatlantic.com) divider line 21
    More: Strange, New Batman, Batman, David S. Goyer, Ben Affleck, Man of Steel, Iron Man, Batman Begins, Superman Returns  
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2013-08-28 07:32:31 AM
Heh, I read that as "Batfleck".
 
2013-08-28 08:06:44 AM
I'm not looking.  Did they blame capitalism?
 
2013-08-28 08:13:04 AM
First, a caveat: The studio's history of mishandling excludes Christopher Nolan Dark Knight Trilogy. Those films were critical and financial hits . . .

An accomplishment made even more remarkable by the fact that "The Dark Knight Rises" was an utter piece of crap.
 
2013-08-28 08:36:48 AM

markfara: An accomplishment made even more remarkable by the fact that "The Dark Knight Rises" was an utter piece of crap.


Cmon, it wasn't that bad. I mean it was bad when compared to its predecessors but on its face it wasn't a horrible film.

I blame lack of time and poor editing on that one.
 
2013-08-28 09:25:20 AM
"After an unapologetically optimistic, worldly and still action-packed character study of the character in Superman Returns.. "um, did I miss something? I seem to remember that film having no action.
 
2013-08-28 10:22:38 AM

markfara: An accomplishment made even more remarkable by the fact that "The Dark Knight Rises" was an utter piece of crap  in comparison to the previous two films.


Which still puts it miles above most any other schlock coming out today, particularly for comic book movies. .
 
2013-08-28 10:23:15 AM

Saber: "After an unapologetically optimistic, worldly and still action-packed character study of the character in Superman Returns.. "um, did I miss something? I seem to remember that film having no action.


Well, he saved that plane....and...uh....

Yeah, actually, that movie sucked.
 
2013-08-28 10:39:40 AM
Dark Night Returns was written as a one-off.  Not a reboot.  Bats and Supes teamed up thousands of times over a 70 year period--and THAT is their inspiration?   It's a good story.  It's not something to build a brand around.
 
2013-08-28 10:51:37 AM

Rhypskallion: Dark Night Returns was written as a one-off.  Not a reboot.  Bats and Supes teamed up thousands of times over a 70 year period--and THAT is their inspiration?   It's a good story.  It's not something to build a brand around.


It honestly doesn't even make sense in the context of the sequel. Superman just showed up on the scene, and all of a sudden, they're going to adapt a graphic novel that depicts a world where superheroes are illegal, and Superman is a patsy of the U.S. government? Doesn't make sense. It also doesn't help that Snyder himself has said it won't be an adaptation of the novel.

What's much more likely is that Snyder, knowing he needs true fans to be on board if the film has any chance of success, threw out that quote when announcing the sequel because he knew comic fans would shiat their pants just hearing about it, and wouldn't bother to ask why the hell that quote would even be relevant to the film.
 
2013-08-28 11:35:01 AM
BRING BACK BAT-MITE!
 
2013-08-28 11:39:28 AM
What a junk article. "Warner can't do superhero films. To prove it, first ignore the three great movies based on one of its core heroes." Also, "Man of Steel" was not a failure. Was it as good as the first two Nolan Batman movies? No; but it was smart, and to many, satisfying; moreover, it rehabilitates the character as a movie subject.
 
2013-08-28 12:09:31 PM

Robert1966: Was it as good as the first two Nolan Batman movies? No; but it was smart, and to many, satisfying; moreover, it rehabilitates the character as a movie subject.


I think the pre-supposition that Man of Steel was poorly executed is pretty blatantly begging the question. I, and many people I know, loved that film, and it certainly didn't do badly at the box office. Something tells me the author really wasn't happy about the ending. And they call me a fanboy...
 
2013-08-28 12:13:38 PM

un4gvn666: Robert1966: Was it as good as the first two Nolan Batman movies? No; but it was smart, and to many, satisfying; moreover, it rehabilitates the character as a movie subject.

I think the pre-supposition that Man of Steel was poorly executed is pretty blatantly begging the question. I, and many people I know, loved that film, and it certainly didn't do badly at the box office. Something tells me the author really wasn't happy about the ending. And they call me a fanboy...


I enjoyed the film. Hopefully the next film's portrayal of Batman actually gives credence to the title "World's Greatest Detective" instead of the implied title "Meatheaded Vengeance Addict" that Bale's character was.
 
2013-08-28 12:22:22 PM

imashark: I enjoyed the film. Hopefully the next film's portrayal of Batman actually gives credence to the title "World's Greatest Detective" instead of the implied title "Meatheaded Vengeance Addict" that Bale's character was.


Yeah, I'm not too happy about the huge number of people calling Bale's Batman the "definitive" film interpretation. The films were miles above anything before them, but we've still got a ways to go before we get a definitive take on the character on film.

/if anything comes close, it's the animated movies
 
2013-08-28 04:29:55 PM
In the article's defense, any time Warner Bros finds success in anything the last ten years it's been a complete fluke.

/no, that's not a typo. They will milk the hell out of anything when they finally remember they own it.
 
2013-08-28 05:27:14 PM

un4gvn666: imashark: I enjoyed the film. Hopefully the next film's portrayal of Batman actually gives credence to the title "World's Greatest Detective" instead of the implied title "Meatheaded Vengeance Addict" that Bale's character was.

Yeah, I'm not too happy about the huge number of people calling Bale's Batman the "definitive" film interpretation. The films were miles above anything before them, but we've still got a ways to go before we get a definitive take on the character on film.

/if anything comes close, it's the animated movies


DCs animated movies are amazingly done.  You just want to scream at some WB execs to just use some of the animated stuff in the live action.

GL:First flight live would have been a million times better than what actually happened, for instance.
 
2013-08-28 07:58:58 PM

Robert1966: What a junk article. "Warner can't do superhero films. To prove it, first ignore the three great movies based on one of its core heroes." Also, "Man of Steel" was not a failure. Was it as good as the first two Nolan Batman movies? No; but it was smart, and to many, satisfying; moreover, it rehabilitates the character as a movie subject.


"Smart?" No. Clumsy? Yes. And leaves the smart viewer with a host of unanswered questions about a titan's place amongst mere mortals.
 
2013-08-29 05:25:03 AM

Saber: "After an unapologetically optimistic, worldly and still action-packed character study of the character in Superman Returns.. "um, did I miss something? I seem to remember that film having no action.


There was the scene where the bullet bounces off Superman's eyeball. That was pretty cool.

rzrwiresunrise: Robert1966: What a junk article. "Warner can't do superhero films. To prove it, first ignore the three great movies based on one of its core heroes." Also, "Man of Steel" was not a failure. Was it as good as the first two Nolan Batman movies? No; but it was smart, and to many, satisfying; moreover, it rehabilitates the character as a movie subject.

"Smart?" No. Clumsy? Yes. And leaves the smart viewer with a host of unanswered questions about a titan's place amongst mere mortals.


Or maybe you're just taking it too seriously. It's a superhero movie for God's sake.
 
2013-08-29 10:17:32 AM

Robert1966: Also, "Man of Steel" was not a failure.


In what sense? It was one of the worst major blockbusters I"ve ever seen. Utterly joyless, totally cliche, and and instantly forgettable.
 
2013-08-29 10:20:46 AM
I was honestly impressed that I was able to make it past the (far too long) opening sequence where Zach Snyder thought "Man, Superman's dad is just some lame-o scientist. Let's EXTREME him up into Krytopn's greatest, most nobelist, most grittiest, dragon-riding, first live birth fathering, kung-fu master of krypton!"

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2013-08-29 10:22:57 AM
But, hey, I'm sure some Itchy and Scratchy fans loved Poochie too... to the exxxxxxtrrrrrrrrreeeeemmmee
 
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