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Netflix: Shows to Look Forward to in 2016

The reboot of a classic family sitcom, the sophomore seasons of a number of 2015 hits, and the beginning of a highly anticipated historical series are some of the highlights the world’s top provider of streaming entertainment will be bringing our way this calendar year. Here’s a detailed look at the most intriguing of these options:

Fuller House (Premiere Date: February 26th)

Fuller House

The classic family sitcom of TGIF fame returns with a familiar premise as two of Danny Tanner’s daughters (the Olsen twins are not slated to return) and annoying friend Kimmy Gibler raise DJ’s three boys after the death of her husband. Here’s the teaser trailer for the “new” show:

House of Cards Season 4 (Premiere Date: March 4th)

The series that turned Netflix into an original programming giant enters a presidential election season (which may provide us with better candidates than our real life election) with plenty of marital drama to match coming from the Underwood home. Here’s a mock presidential campaign video promoting the new season:

Daredevil Season 2 (Premiere Date: March 18th)

Daredevil Season 2

2015 was the year Netflix convinced us they could successfully enter the superhero genre. Jessica Jones was a huge hit towards the end of 2015. And Daredevil was so well-received that the streaming giant moved plans for a second season ahead to this year.

And now Season 2 adds Punisher and Elektra (let’s hope it’s better than the Jennifer Garner version of the heroine) to the stable of Marvel characters fighting crime in Hell’s Kitchen.

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Season 2 (Expected Premiere Date: Spring)

In a banner year for Netflix, Kimmy Schmidt deserves as much claim as any other series the streaming giant put out in 2015. And per the agreement Netflix made with NBC, Season 2 will be back for another 13 episodes of hilarity as Kimmy (Ellie Kemper) continues her reintroduction back into society following 15 years living underground. And as a bonus, does any show on television have a catchier theme song?

If that song is in your head now, then you’re welcome!!!

The Crown (Premiere Date: Sometime in 2016)

The Crown

Six seasons are planned for this biographical series about Queen Elizabeth (or Princess Elizabeth as she is called at the start of the series) and her rise to the British Crown. The first season will focus on post World War II England with John Lithgow playing Winston Churchill. Here’s the trailer for the much-anticipated historical drama:

Honorable Mentions:

Narcos (Season 2)

Orange is the New Black (Season 4)

Arrested Development (maybe, Season 5)

Luke Cage (debut season)

 

“Honorable Mentions” were more from my lack of knowledge about those shows as opposed to some ranking placing them below the others. If you have any knowledge to drop or have a show you’re really excited about that’s not mentioned, feel free to discuss in the comments.

4LN’s Favorite TV Shows of 2015

2015 was a big year for TV. From the return of Kevin Spacey as everyone’s favorite cunning and crooked politician, President Frank Underwood, in House of Cards, to the debut of what appears to be everyone’s new favorite tattooed darling, Jane Doe (played by the beautiful and infinitely talented Jaimie Alexander) from NBC’s new #1 hit show Blindspot. There was the widely discussed (and argued about) new season of Game of Thrones, as well as the end of brilliant dramas Mad Men and Parenthood. Read on to see what shows were at the top of our “Must Watch” lists this year!

 

Jeff Merrick

Game of Thrones
It was an Emmy award winning year for my favorite show, and with good reason. Not everyone agrees with my belief that Season 5 was better than the previous season, but I much preferred each story arc moving at a consistent pace instead of the Season 4 structure that relied on big moments to keep us interested while characters spent the rest of the time doing nothing.

This season also produced “Hardhomme” (episode 8), one of the best episodes the show has ever done, and another jaw dropping moment at its conclusion, the kind viewers of Game of Thrones have come to expect.

Better Call Saul
If you were a fan of “Breaking Bad,” then you must start following this prequel series (assuming you haven’t already) that aired its first season in 2015 about the lawyer who laundered all that money for Walt and Jessie.

The style that made “Breaking Bad” one of the greatest (if not the greatest) shows of all time is maintained throughout the ten episode season. Of course, Bob Odenkirk owns the role of Saul (or Jimmy McGill as he’s called at this point in his life). But the highlight of the season is Jonathan Bank’s portrayal of Mike Ehrmantraut, the enforcer for Gus Fring and Walter White on “Breaking Bad.” The episode presenting Mike’s backstory during “Better Call Saul’s” first season was one of the best hours of television in 2015.

Saul (Bob Odenkirk) and Mike (Jonathan Banks) were one of the top duos on television in 2015.

The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Tina Fey’s Netflix original about a woman adjusting to modern life after spending the last fifteen years living underground was the best comedy of 2015. The comedic commentary on modern trends, a staple of Fey’s productions, raises its game to a higher level than even “30 Rock” was able to do. Ellie Kemper (who’s previously known for playing Erin Hannon on the Office) gives her breakthrough performance as a lead actress with her portrayal of Kimmy. And Kemper’s chemistry with her costars (Tituss Burgess, Carol Kane, Jane Krakowski) paints a surprisingly accurate picture of how a person overcoming her situation would handle it while keeping us laughing all the way through the journey.

 

Bill Clark

Supergirl
I’m a DC guy. The comics AND the shoes. I like to buy mine from Shoe Carnival because they have such good deals! I buy my comics from Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million though. They also have such good deals! Anyway, I was really excited when Supergirl came out cause there’s never been a TV show that focused only on a female super hero and I felt it was about dang time! Melissa Benoist plays Kara/Supergirl and she’s just fantastic! My only complaint, and it’s really a small one, is that she’s almost TOO pretty. I really wish there wasn’t such an emphasis on looks and status cause I feel it takes away from the characters personalities. Like, why can’t Supergirl have like a big birthmark on her face, and a limp or something. Maybe she’s even in a Hoveround and does her superheroing in between renting movies from the library and selling little dolls she makes out of cardboard toilet paper rolls and yarn at the Farmer’s Market. I’m just saying, I’d watch the hell outta that show.

 

 

Married

I’m sad because this one recently got canceled and I really loved it. I’m not married so I didn’t really relate to most of it, but it was still really funny. Also, it had Judy Greer and she really grinds my gears. I used that correctly right? I’m trying to say I think she’s really pretty and when I look at her I get a funny feeling in my body. I’m sorry. I’m really getting off-track. I’ll try to get back on. Ok… so it’s about this married couple and Judy Greer is the wife and this one episode she was in some lingerie and I was really happy about that. Darnit! I did it again. I promise I’m not objectifying her or anything. I just really appreciate her and respect her as a sexy…  I mean TALENTED actress. Ah! Good grief. Just… If you like funny shows then you should watch this one. I have to go Google some stuff.

Fargo

I’ve never been to Fargo, North Dakota and after watching this show I’m not sure I want to. People keep getting murdered up there! I certainly don’t want to get murdered so I think I’ll just stick to watching this exciting crime show. It’s a little confusing because none of the actors from the first season (Billy Bob Thornton, Bilbo Baggins, and Tom Hanks’ son) are back this season and I’m a little lost but I sure as heck still love it! This time around it’s got Kristen Dundst, Todd from Breaking Bad, and one of the guys from Cheers. I’ve never seen Cheers but I asked Stephen Andrew about it and he just threw an empty whisky bottle at me and muttered something about the boxer Joe Frasier, so I assume it’s about drinking and boxing. Also, someone told me that this show was based on a movie from a while back but I went to a couple Redbox kiosks and didn’t see it so I think they were messing with me.

 

Stephen Andrew

Daredevil
I watch all the comic book shows. I mean, this site is called “Four Letter Nerd” so you’d pretty much expect that right? I even pretty much really enjoy all of them. The Flash started very strong and has been extremely consistent throughout. Gotham and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. both had rocky moments but I think they’ve both found their way with very precise direction. Oh, and if you haven’t picked up iZombie, you are sincerely missing out on some fantastic television. Then along comes good ol’ Netflix and their partnership with Marvel.  First up: Daredevil. A character that by all logic shouldn’t work in this medium of entertainment. But I’ll be damned if this show didn’t absolutely redeem Matty Murdock and his superpower of being blind some of the time. In fact, that’s one of the things that makes the show such a success. They never tried to pull the whole “he’s got sonar vision” crap. I’m looking at you, Daredevil movie from 2003. Another thing that makes it stand out is how relentlessly brutal it is. Like, in one scene,  Vincent D’Onofrio’s Wilson Fisk (Kingpin) liquefies a dude’s head with a car door. A F**KING CAR DOOR. The action and the fight scenes are top notch, with some brilliant martial arts choreography. Plus, it really set the bar for what comic book shows, specifically super hero shows, have the potential to be. Gritty and dark. Daredevil doesn’t pull punches, and that’s exactly what we needed. Speaking of not pulling punches…

Jessica Jones
It wasn’t really long we had to wait for the second installment of the Netflix/Marvel shows (which will continue with Luke Cage and Iron Fist, before bringing all 4 heroes together in a Defenders mini-series). When I first heard that they were doing a Jessica Jones show, I thought, “Surely there are better known, and more well-deserving female characters that they could include here.” Well I happily ate those words after only about 5 minutes into the show. Because season 1 of Jessica Jones is best season of a comic book/super hero show that I have ever watched. The story is intense, it paces perfectly, and the acting performances are fantastic. For me, there’s no better villain than David Tenant’s Kilgrave, The Purple Man. He was just so despicably and deplorably captivating. There are moments where they give you backstory that almost, not quite but almost, make you feel sorry for him, and then it’s right back into “oh no this guy is a walking bag of rabid ferrets”. The star of the show, Krysten Ritter, is flawless. She perfectly captures the cold, hardened attitude of Jessica while also showing us those vulnerabilities that she doesn’t even want to have, let alone allow people see. If you haven’t watched it yet then you need to go right now and start. Netflix killed it with this one. Speaking of Netflix and killing…

 

Making a Murderer
That may seem like a cheesy transition to you guys but I’ve had a couple shots of whiskey and so it’s probably the peak of my creativity at this point. (If you skipped my other entries and are just reading this one, then you missed a whole thing and you’re gonna need to go back and get caught up. We’ll wait…) Anyway, back to the business at hand.

THIS SHOW IS THE MOST COMPELLING THING I’VE WATCHED IN I DON’T KNOW HOW LONG. Sorry. The caps lock was stuck. But that doesn’t make the urgency of the above sentence any less crucial. Making a Murder is a 10 part documentary series that I binged watched in an entire day. Dead serious. I was that enthralled. I don’t want to give away too much, so I’ll just post the Wikipedia summary.

Making a Murderer is an American web television series which first streamed on Netflix on December 18, 2015. The first season recounts the story of Steven Avery, a man who was imprisoned for sexual assault and attempted murder, and who was later exonerated, only to be subsequently accused of the murder of Teresa Halbach. The series was filmed over the course of ten years, with the creators moving back and forth from New York to Wisconsin during filming

I’ve never had a TV show, or a documentary for that matter, have me so compelled and infuriated at the same time. It really coveys what type of corruption and injustice can fester when small town law enforcement and judicial systems function without appropriate accountability.

If you don’t have Netfilx but you’re interested, you can watch the first episode on YouTube. I urge you to at least give it a chance to grab your attention. If you get sucked in you’ll be on one crazy, real-life roller coaster.

Marvel/Netflix Shows: What We Know, Hope, and Speculate

Last week it was announced that actor Charlie Cox (Boardwalk Empire, Stardust, etc.) has been cast by Marvel to star as Matt Murdock in their Daredevil series for Netfilx. In addition to Daredevil, there will also be series for AKA Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage, which will all culminate in a Defenders mini-series event.

 

This announcement comes on the heels of the news that writer/director/producer Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) had dropped out to focus on the Sinister Six film, and that Steven S. DeKnight (Sparticus, Smallville, Angel) has stepped in to take over the position of Show-runner. It should be noted that Drew’s exit was not on bad terms and that he is still staying on as a consulting producer. Steven seems like a phenomenal choice to me as the guy has proven he can craft action and drama together perfectly. Plus, he already has history with Joss Whedon and, since these Marvel/Netflix series take place in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), I feel like he’ll a very good grasp of how to fit this new piece of the puzzle in with the epic picture already unfolding.

Steven S. DeKnight: Writer, Producer, Director, Guy-You-Want-On-Your-Side-Of-A-Barfight

 

Back in November when the Marvel/Netflix shows were announced, I wrote this piece and included some fan-casting ideas. I was half right on Daredevil. I fan-casted (I just made that word up) Michael C. Hall as Daredevil, because I really like him as an actor, but I guessed that they’d “probably go with someone younger”. I was right. (You may all bow down before my superior intellect!)

Pictured: My Superior Intellect

 

Time will tell on my fan-casting choices for Jessica Jones, Iron Fist/Danny Rand, and Luke Cage, but realistically those are all probably way off too. That’s the thing about fan-casting; It’s just fun speculation. You can’t put too much stock in it.

Show-runner’s are typically less speculated about. Most people are way more concerned with who will play the character they love than they are with who will be in control of the creative direction. When it comes to these shows, regardless of who runs each individual series, I hope they keep DeKnight on as an producer all the way through to the Defenders series, because the guy has a lot of experience with long-running plot-lines and complex stories. I feel like he’d be able to keep it all cohesive without letting the stories get mundane.

But, how about those other shows? I mean who out there has the talent and know-how to put together Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage, and Iron Fist? Honestly, I have no idea. There is one thing I have a suggestion on though (like Marvel gives a s–t what I think)…

RZA should absolutely direct Iron Fist, if only just a few episodes.

 

For those of you unfamiliar, RZA is a rapper and member of the Wu-Tang Clan. But, he’s also an accomplished actor and filmmaker.

Specifically, the dude knows his Kung-Fu movies and culture, and he’s got a great grasp on how to blend it with the supernatural. He’s already made a movie called “The Man with the Iron Fist”. There’s no connection between that film and Marvel’s Iron Fist, but my point is that they want to hire people with fresh vision, who can effectively capture the genre that these specific characters fit into, and I can’t think of another current filmmaker who knows the Kung-Fu genre better than RZA. I mean, I’m sure there are a lot of great Asian filmmakers out there who would be just as qualified to direct Iron Fist (Wilson Yip, who made the IP Man films, comes to mind), but I still feel like RZA’s style and ability to think outside the box sets him apart.

At the very least, if Marvel ever decides to make a Shang-Chi: Master of Kung-Fu movie, or TV show, RZA definitely needs to be involved.

“Protect Ya Neck! It’s tha Killa Bees, son!

 

So what do you nerds think? Any filmmakers come to mind that you feel could take on these awesome characters? Let us know!

Man of Steel sequel: Wonder Woman’s origin?

So there’s a pretty interesting  theory that’s popped up, about the approach to Wonder Woman’s origin for the Man of Steel/Batman vs. Superman film…

To boil it down for you, basically what was speculated is that Wonder Woman, and all the the Amazonian’s, would be descendants of ancient Kryptonians who attempted to set up bases for Krypton all throughout the universe thousands of years ago and the one here on (or around) Earth would have eventually seen the Amazonians emerge after the Kryptonians mated with humans(?).

Source: The rumor about Wonder Woman’s movie debut will make your head explode

“Wait… Clark’s my what.?”

 

There is no proven truth to this whatsoever. It was merely a speculation of another writer. But… it’s pretty damn good to be honest. I really like that theory and think it makes a lot of sense for how to introduce the character into the DC Cinematic Universe in a very logical way. Some people are opposed to the alteration of an origin however, and would most certainly NOT approve of this change.

The first obvious issue here is that, for some people, this seems like too easy of an explanation of why Wonder Woman exists. “Why does this chick have superpowers? She’s Superman’s DISTANT relative. Oh OK, that’s good enough for me.” Another problem I foresee here is that many people will feel like it’s a chauvinistic direction. “How do we make Wonder Woman work on screen? Make her more like Superman? Oh OK, that’s good enough for me.” (Warner Bros executives aren’t very deep thinkers.)

I personally don’t feel that this will really damage the character’s impact anymore than it would other characters, because there are many factors that go into screwing up comic characters in movies. Jennifer Garner is a good actress, but Electra was not successful and just wasn’t good. Mainly because Jennifer Garner, as good as she is, is not a the right person for the role. It has nothing to do with the back story or the characters origin. In fact, the Daredevil and Electra films stayed fairly close to Electra’s true back story and still screwed things up. Electra was portrayed as a tough-as-nails girl with some minor revenge motivations, instead of as a cold, hard badass with no remorse and no hesitation to do what needs to be done. Electra is an unapologetic killer, and she was played like a hopelessly romantic martial arts enthusiast. Had the right actress been given that role, and played it closer to cannon, then those films would have gotten a little more respect.

Calm down Benny, I said “a LITTLE”.

 

Origin changes do have an effect on comic book films (Ang Lee’s HULK, Catwoman) but that’s never the only thing that’s wrong (Ang Lee’s HULK, Catwoman). Many comic book films suffer from poorly written scripts (Jonah Hex) and bad, lazy, or ignorant directing. By “ignorant” I mean that the director just isn’t very familiar with the source material and the resulting film reflects that (Green Lantern). I love the Green Lantern movie personally, but I feel like if they had brought in a director that had a passion for the character, the way Jon Favreau did for Iron Man, then the film would have turned out much less chaotic and more condensed. The character seems to get pulled in several different directions as a result the film is somewhat convoluted.

#TeamReynolds4Ever

 

How about when an origin change goes right? Bane’s origin is COMPLETELY altered in The Dark Knight Rises and it worked great. It made sense for the character to not be a skinny twerp who bulked up due to a serum pumping into his veins from a thousand tubes in his body. The universe that they were functioning in, that Christopher Nolan created, couldn’t have hosted the original version of the character. It wouldn’t have made any sense.

Point. Made.

 

But how about that potentially chauvinistic issue? Why does Wonder Woman have to be more like Superman to be relevant? The correct answer is “She doesn’t”, but also I don’t think that’s what’s really going on here. The whole Greek mythology back story is cool and all, and it works in the comics, but in the cinematic universe that DC and WB are building I think they’re trying to avoid “deities”. I mean, you’re already in Thor-territory here (Thoritory?) with the whole Kryptonians-existing-thousands-of-years-before-humans thing so it’s already got the possibility of seeming unoriginal. Why try to cram mythology where it doesn’t belong? Gods don’t exist in this universe. These characters ARE the gods. It actually makes sense to alter the character’s back story to make her MORE relevant and powerful. You’re not *taking* her unique origin away from her… you’re giving her a reason to exist in THIS universe. You think “Aliens did it” is a cop-out? “Gods did it” is an even bigger cop-out. Rather than the scientific possibility of evolution and adaptation, you’d be saying, “Oh it was the Gods. They put the Amazonian’s here.” That doesn’t necessarily make less sense than Kryptonians being responsible for the Amazonians, but it doesn’t make more sense either.

I’M SORRY! I DON’T MEAN TO BE RUDE! I THOUGHT I WAS COMPLIMENTING YOU! PLEASE DON’T MURDER ME WITH FIRE!

 

One last example: The Amazing Spider-Man. Aside from people complaining that Peter was more emo than they would have liked (not me though, I love that movie) the character’s abilities are not less prevalent just because there was an alteration to his origin. Now, granted, we don’t know how significantly his origin has changed yet because they were very cryptic and left us with some questions that I hope the sequels will answer, but there seems to be this idea that there was something inside of Pete’s DNA that was mearly “activated” by the radioactive spider bite. And while people had their gripes with Peter, Spider-Man was… well, AMAZING in that movie.

I suppose my point here is that we don’t know enough yet to get anxious, and there are plenty of successes and failures for us to look back and asses that there’s truly no perfect formula for creating a comic book movie. I like Gal Gadot. She seems like a solid choice for Wonder Woman, regardless of what her origin is in the films. I feel like they chose her because she’ll capture the genuine strength and power of the character in a way that hasn’t been done before. Yes, the script needs to be right, and the directors vision for the character is crucial, but the performance that the artist gives is what we’ll remember most. I know that Gal hasn’t done a lot but inexperience doesn’t equate to incompetence.

If you had any doubts about her I’ll leave you with this which I believe will squash them…

Marvel and Netflix Team Up For Defenders Live-Action Shows

 

It has just been announced that Marvel and Netflix have signed a contract that will see live-action series of Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke (muthaf—in!) Cage premeire on the streaming service in 2015. Theses shows will culminate at a live-action mini-series of The Defenders, which in the comics most of these characters have been apart of.

Now comes the fan casting…

For my money, Eliza Dushku (Buffy, Tru Calling, Wrong Turn) would be perfect for Jessica Jones. She’s proven she can do tough action roles, and she’d likable.

 

Iron Fist (Danny Rand) is a tad tougher to figure out, but I’m gonna say Garrett Hedlund (Friday Night Lights, TRON: Legacy). I think if the dude got into some serious martial arts training NOW, he’d be ready to roll by the time they start filming.

 

 

Luke Cage, hands down, I’m going with Terry Crews (The Expendables, Brooklyn Nine-Nine). I know they probably want someone younger, but I just think the dude is perfect. Sure, he’s mostly known for doing comedy projects, but he can definately pull off action roles and be damn intimidating while he’s at it.

 

Lastly, Matt Murdoock… The Man Without Fear… Who could pull off that character ass brilliantly as Battfleck did? No one. That’s who. But for the hell of it, I’m gonna fan-cast Michael C. Hall. He was the first choice by many way back a couple years ago when a new Daredevil project was being worked on, but that’s because HE’S PERFECT. You need Matt Murdock to be a strong, tortured leader, and MCH (move over NPH) can do that. Again, they’ll probably go with someone younger, but this is who I’d like to see.

 

Who would you like to see take on these roles? Let us know in the comments below!

 

4LN Discussion: Batfleck Addition

As most of you have heard by now, Ben Affleck has been confirmed as Batman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel, and not a lot of people are happy about it. There was even a White House petition requesting that it be made illegal for Ben Affleck to play Batman.

Since this has become an overnight issue, we are going to make this the first in our 4LN Discussion series. In a 4LN Discussion we will have two or more of our writers write standalone arguments for a particular issue. Today, Cody will be writing why Ben Affleck is a horrible choice, and I will be writing a pro-Affleck argument. Here goes:

Cam:

Judging from my Facebook feed, and the explosion of the Twittersphere, I can only assume that those of us that are actually comfortable with Ben Affleck as Batman are few and far between. We are like survivors of some post-apocalyptic tale, in which droves of leather-clad gangs roam the streets in their armored pick-up trucks hunting for stragglers to eat i.e. the Road, or Mad Max.

Affleck does come with some superhero baggage. He played Matt Murdock, a.k.a. the pudgy-cheeked, Daredevil, in one of the worst superhero movies of the modern era. I absolutely hated that movie, and I never even saw Elektra, which I assume was just as terrible. Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck are pretty much the power-couple of awful superhero movies. And let us not forget Gigli, which is frequently cited as one of the worst films ever made.

However, the Affleck of today is on a completely different level than the Affleck of the past. I don’t know how much time he spent killing lower level creatures and running side-quests after that slew of awful movies, but he leveled up big-time. Over the last decade he has starred in (and directed) some amazing movies. The Town? Great. Argo? That movie is considered one of the best movies of 2012.

I have seen several people say they would rather have George Clooney over Ben Affleck. I am not sure what nostalgia pills they are taking, but up until the news broke yesterday people spent half their time wishing the Schumacher era (which I will now refer to as the Dark Times) never existed, and the other half of their time wondering why Bruce Wayne adopted a 28 year old acrobat.

There are several flaws with equating Affleck as Batman with a return to the Dark Times. First of all, Zach Snyder is on a completely different level than Schumacher. With Snyder, we aren’t going to be subjected to an Austrian Mr. Freeze with a penchant for stupid quips (“Ice to meet you!”), nor will we be subjected to Bat-Ice Skates. We don’t have to worry about Batsuit nipples; we don’t have to worry about neon-laden gangs, or a mentally-handicapped Bane. Do people even remember how awful the Dark Time films were?!

Secondly, Affleck is slowly becoming a master craftsman when it comes to acting. He is dedicated to his craft, and I have no doubt that he can put on the suit and become Batman. My only worry was his ability to pull-off Bruce Wayne, but with the story appearing to call for an older, wiser, Batman, Affleck won’t have to become a billionaire playboy, as much as he would a business savvy CEO. If you’ve read Alex Ross’ World Finest, you’ve seen Bruce Wayne as the socially conscious, business owner, and Affleck would be at ease in that role.

Overall, I don’t think Ben Affleck is all that bad. Could they have found someone better? Perhaps, but they also could have found somebody unbelievably worse. I absolutely loved Christian Bale as Batman, but we have to face the facts – he isn’t coming back. Worst-case scenario I see him being a slightly underwhelming, but decent, Batman. However, judging by his recent work, I have no problem with the idea that he could dominate that role.

Cody:

WHAT IN THE HELL ARE YOU THINKING CAM!? Look I know that the Dark Times were dark, and I don’t really put this on the same playing field, but it’s just a matter of Christian Bale owned the role of The Dark Knight. Owned it. I swear he has a deed to the character in a vault somewhere. The reason why social media is blowing up is because everyone knows you’re not really going to get a better Batman. You’re just not. Another reason I hate this decision is because Affleck is similar to Ryan Reynolds. No matter how you dress him up, he’s not really going to be cool in the role. I mean this is Keanu Reeves bad. Now Ben Affleck is a much better actor then Keanu, but do we really want the guy from JERSEY GIRL as Batman!!?? Here’s the other thing, when you look at the line of Marvel movies and how they are all somewhat cohesive with each other, part of what makes that successful is having the same cast throughout. So this interpretation of Batman will be the same one for the Justice League, which if it’s as Bostonian as I imagine it could be will be horrible. For some reason I envision Affleck needing to put the Boston Redsox’s B on the front of his suit as well. Which brings me to this script I wrote, with Affleck as Batman:

Scene:34 (Scene opens to a smoky low lit room and a gang of thugs playing cards)

(Door crashes open. Batman enters breathing deeply)

Batman: Where’s da jokah!?

Thugs: Huh? I don’t know nothing!

Batman: Get outta heeya before I’s calls da cawps! Or I might have my boy wondah Rawbin hit ya wit da flim flam!

Don’t you see how terrible this is going to be!? Boston Batman. Terrible Decision

So what do you think? Is this the worst casting decision in the history of cinema? Does Affleck have the ability to pull this off? Will this movie make you wish you hadn’t gotten the Bat-symbol tattooed to your left calf? Sound off, nerds.