The New Manbat

The interwebs are currently aflame regarding Zack Snyder’s choice of Batman for the 2017 sequel to Man of Steel.  While Ben Affleck is undoubtably a talented writer/director, his acting projects have been both undeniable hits and cringe-worthy misses.  NO ONE, it would seem, is ready to forgive or forget Daredevil or Gigli.  But what people cannot seem to remember is that his more recent work shows off some real acting chops.  The Town, The Company Men, and Argo all show a darker side of Mr. Affleck.  Will he be able to top Christian Bale?  Probably not, but name me a single actor who can.  Still thinking?  That’s what I thought.

Affleck certainly has the charisma required to play Bruce Wayne.  Embodying the Caped Crusader will obviously require more effort.  But so what?  Let’s give the guy a chance, people.  It’s bad enough he’s following in Christian Bale’s footsteps…I mean, who would want to be in his shoes?!  No one held out much hope for Iron Man five years ago, and look what’s happened.  Robert Downey, Jr. has a relaunched career, and the film has spawned several different franchises.  What everyone needs to focus on is that BATMAN AND SUPERMAN WILL BE IN A MOVIE TOGETHER!  Ummm…YAY!!!!!!

So come on, fangirls and fanboys.  Let’s put this on the back burner until 2017.  If Affleck turns out to be an awful Batman (not a less freaktastic version than Bales, because that’s unavoidable…but legitimately vomitous), we can start grabbing the torches and pitchforks.  But until then, chill.

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Fall 2013 TV Show to Watch – Sleepy Hollow

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Premieres September 16th at 9:00 (eastern) on FOX

Each year as summer nears a close, networks start promoting what they hope will be their newest TV cash-cow. For years networks have been trying to find “the new Lost” by greenlighting supernatural/futuristic/science fiction, character-driven, mythology heavy, serialized pilots. Shows like V, Flashforward, and Terre Nova with their large casts and flashback-driven character development failed to find their footing with audiences who don’t always want to commit to a lofty and abnormal premise.

Sleepy Hollow seems to be the best of both worlds. The story is recognizable enough (either through Washington Irving’s tale, Tim Burton and Johnny Depp’s 1999 film or some other medium) and therefore approachable to a general audience. It also adds an element of the supernatural that has been driving many movies and TV shows over the past few years, in this case: witchcraft. It can appeal to history lovers, literature buffs, people interested in the supernatural, resurrection, crime dramas and, let’s be honest, there’s bound to be a romance. It has a mythology without having to deal to smoke monsters (Lost), reptilian aliens in human form (V), alternate dimensions and realities (Fringe), or all the power in the world going out (Revolution).

Sleepy Hollow seems to offer the simplicity of a crime drama with complexity of a history and magic driven plot. Time will tell if relative newcomers Nicole Beharie and Tom Mison can lead the drama but with Once Upon a Time‘s suprising literary-fueled success, I have hope.

What do you think? Do you predict a hit or will it fizzle out before Christmas?