The Ben Affleck "Batman" backlash and online petition is in effect and fans of the popular DC Comics superhero want the "Argo" star out. Despite a growing contingency of fans saying Affleck is not right for the Bruce Wayne/Caped Crusader characters, one blogger says the "knee-jerk" reaction from the public is out of line, citing an August 23 Yahoo Movies.
The thrill of the "Batman vs. Superman" movie suddenly took a turn among loyal followers of the franchise when the casting of the film tossed in a spoiler -- in the literal sense for some.
The Ben Affleck as "Batman" backlash, on the surface, is a fair fan reaction based on one ominous reminder of a previous character debacle: "Daredevil."
Sure, Ben picked up some notable street-cred when he starred in and directed the Academy Award-winning film, "Argo." He pulled off a convincing role as Tony Mendez, but taking on the role as Batman is altogether different, according to opponents of the casting decision.
However, Joal Ryan says the Ben Affleck "Batman" backlash is "wrong" for a number of reasons. One only has to look at the success of a previous installment by director/producer, Christopher Nolan.
According to Box Office Mojo, the "Dark Knight," starring Christian Bale, is the most successful installment in the "Batman" franchise. It earned over $1 billion in theaters domestically and overseas.
Another reason the petition to remove Affleck from the "Batman" starring role is off-kilter is because of where the actor is now in his career. Having gone through a string of movie failures, it appears that Ben is in another place and time.
"Batman vs. Superman" could make the case for his comeback.
The success of "Argo" is proof of how he's gone from being a D-Listed actor to being in the same conversation with the George Clooneys and George Lucas' of the world...sort of.
Finally, Ryan reminds viewers and fans of the unreliable social media establishment. Arguably, many on Twitter use the social media site to lob scud missiles, just because. Just ask anyone who has said anything less than fabulous about Lady Gaga or Justin Bieber.
In short, it's not a place where "reasoned-thinking" takes place. Therefore, the backlash against Ben Affleck cast as Batman is likely distorted...just a tad bit.
Perhaps, DD is getting an early taste of Ashton Kutcher's "Jobs" fallout.