I still haven't seen Man of Steel, so I don't have any kind of real benchmark for how Snyder handled this world. But I suspect, well I HOPE we're going to get something close to his take on Rorschach with Batman. I would be happy with that, regardless of who is playing him. Well . . .
James, buddy, I can't even tell you how happy I am that Gosling is not Batman. I'm just not a fan of his in any way shape or form. I know I'm kind of solo on that around here, but it's how I feel. I think Gosling is too young to play the Batman they talked about anyway.
Affleck, I'm just indifferent enough to be interested to see where it goes. I'm not a fan of his, but I do like The Town, and Argo. But it's just impossible not to have a clear and stinging mental picture of the crushing awkwardness that was his portrayal of Daredevil when you imagine him as Batman. The characters are so close in so many ways. So I get it. I get the petitions, I understand why people are dropping to their knees and crying out to the heavens. I also think it's kind of funny.
In the meantime, I recently watched Batman Year One on netflix and I just fell in love with it. So, if you need a fix that will not disappoint, check this out. It's a nearly word for word adaptation of the comic too, which I can't get enough of.
Also, I mentioned this on FB. You guys remember those Ben Affleck is directing Justice League rumors? I kind of scoffed at those rumors, and he denied them if memory serves. Was that just a misunderstanding? Or could it be true?
Noeland, I know that I was probably alone with the GOSLING opinion. But, all I can say to justify is it is that I have just been a fan of his since MURDER BY NUMBERS. I grew up loving BATMAN, and honestly I just always wanted to see GOSLING play a YEAR ONE/FRANK MILLER inspired BATMAN. And I know that it is a stretch, or a lonely opinion, but it was certainly worth the shout out
Anyway, GOSLING wouldn't be the one I'd want for this though. As you said, age is an issue.
With AFFLECK I just see him actually being like what he did with HOLLYWOODLAND in both playing the actor who portrayed SUPERMAN and also actually portraying SUPERMAN. That film wasn't widely received or even seen. I really liked it though. He had a lot to work with and he really showed what he could do with playing multilayer characters. It was like his real life alias, and the story that went with it was very intriguing. Reminded me of a better THE BLACK DAHLIA. It is certainly worth a watch.
Also, the animated YEAR ONE was amazing. And THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS with PETER WELLER voicing BATMAN was sensational in both style and quality adaptation.
I just see AFFLECK as being that BATMAN that you saw from childhood. The animated series, and the various action figures. He seems like that type of hero that will be borderline with everything. But, then again I am a huge fan of THE TOWN.
So, it might just be me.
Either way, I love talking about it. People have been arguing with me all day at work about it. These are also the people who have liked some really horrible films as well.