Ben Affleck cast as Batman in Man Of Steel 2

Sequel's opening 17 July 2015

The search has been called off for a new Dark Knight - Ben Affleck has just landed the role of Batman in Man Of Steel 2.

The one-time Daredevil is re-entering the world of comic-book movies with the big budget sequel, exactly a decade after his critically-panned Daredevilmovie.

According to an official press release, Affleck's Batman is going to be “a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter”.

Which means we're moving away from origins territory (well, after Nolan's films, what's the point?), which is something of a relief.

Director Zack Snyder explained the casting in the press release, stating: “Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman."

Snyder added: "He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal [and] retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.”

After Affleck's fantastic directorial work on Gone Baby Gone, The Town and Argo, it's no surprise that he's landed the role, having become a hot Hollywood property again after years in the wild.

Can he pull off The Bat? He certainly impressed as George Reeves in Hollywoodland, and he's got the jaw for the Batman cowl - which is surely half the battle.

And, for those concerned about the casting, remember when Heath Ledger signed onto The Dark Knight as The Joker?

It seems we're not the only ones interested in Affleck's casting - celebrities the world over took to Twitter to express their thoughts, too…

 

As well as confirmation of Affleck's casting, a release date of 17 July 2015 was also announced for the sequel.

Production on Man Of Steel 2 is expected to kick off in 2014.


For our thoughts on the matter, read our Opinion piece on Why a Ben Affleck Batman is a Good Idea, and weigh in with your own thoughts on the matter!

What do you think of Affleck's casting? Tell us below...

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    • ilikescifi

      Aug 23rd 2013, 7:08

      I'm glad it is not George Clowney. Maybe I should watch Holllywoodland

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    • Chufferstud

      Aug 23rd 2013, 7:16

      *coughs* have they forgiven him for Daredevil?

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    • chibik

      Aug 23rd 2013, 7:45

      The Town was rubbish imo. But yeah, I guess could be Batman.

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    • BobTheSkull

      Aug 23rd 2013, 8:01

      Oh god, when someone told me this I was hoping it was another rumour. I like Affleck as a director. There are some films where he is really good in. There are more where is god awful in. I just can't see him as Bats. At all. It's pretty bad though that, not only is Cavill's sequel being hijacked by another major character, but that character is being played by a former (now heading back) A Lister? That's gotta be a kick in the nuts.

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    • MoodyMonkey

      Aug 23rd 2013, 8:27

      ‘Takes guts getting back in the ring, knowing you’re gonna take a beating’. Personally I think Affleck as an older, angry Bats will be great. Not good, great. Anyone remember ‘craignotbond’?

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    • dangoodfellow

      Aug 23rd 2013, 8:28

      will wheaton? ...............................aw bless

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    • Mck123

      Aug 23rd 2013, 8:55

      After The Dark Knight Rises I did not think it could get any worse for The Batman franchise and Bat fans. And now this news, as I have been saying I think it is time for Nolan to leave WB as a producer and get on with making films like The Prestige. I don't know how Batman has gone from the sublime brilliance of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight to the complete joke of the last film and the casting of Ben Affleck. Warner Brothers are destroying DC plain and simple by trying to imitate Marvel, DC should be the innovator and this is just crazy. What about Josh Brolin, Colin Farrell these actors have an edge, Ben Affleck is just wrong. Lets hope it flops in 2015 and Warner's have to reboot Batman with a proper director and a proper actor.

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    • H3isenberg

      Aug 23rd 2013, 9:11

      haha, Wil Wheaton. Bit rich coming from him isn't it?

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    • chibik

      Aug 23rd 2013, 9:13

      @Mck123: Yeah, because what DC really needs now is another reboot. Surely next time they'll get it right, yes?

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    • martinsvennaes

      Aug 23rd 2013, 9:25

      Ben will do just fine, I'm sure. He may not be many peoples first (or second) choise, but it will work. I must say I like the idea of making batman a bit older and more experienced. He is supposed to be a sort of detective, and also extremely intelligent. We've already seen what skills like this could do for Lois (she figured out Supes identity rather quickly).This sort of brought out a really cool scene in my head where Bruce Wayne in person knocks on Clarks door. Clark opens, a bit bewildered by seeing the worlds wealthiest man on his doorstep, and then left completely speachless as Bruce says: "I'm Batman - you're Superman. We need to talk!" --- anyway: I have been hoping for a long time that the Batman character would play second violin in the movie. I was hoping his part wouldn't be too big. Now that we know it will be a big part, I'm concerned about how they will form the story. Do we really ned the vs. bit? It will probably play out like this: Work together-conflict-almost kill eachother-greater threat appears-kiss and make up-join forces-kick a**e... This is just an action version of a predictable romantic comedy. I hope they will really come up with an original idea on how to cast these legends together... but hat are the odds...

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    • TheShamrock

      Aug 23rd 2013, 9:27

      I personally think this is a good choice. Yes, he had his bad films but who hasn't? He has matured as an actor since his Pearl Harbour/Daredevil days and I think his time behind the camera as given him perspective on how to act. Saying that, I hope we don't see too much of Batman in this film - not because of Affleck - just because it will deflect away from what should be a stand alone Superman film. I think a mature Bruce Wayne in the main part of the film with a small dose of Batman in the finale will suffice.

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    • SiMan

      Aug 23rd 2013, 9:32

      I wonder how Cavill and the rest of the MoS crew, from the producers to the writers, feel about this. Could this have always been the plan? Or is is it a knee-jerk reaction because MoS didn't do Dark Knight levels of box office? Would be interesting to find out the truth of it, but I bet this will be one of those things that is never made public

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    • vinnym1980

      Aug 23rd 2013, 9:32

      Mck123 dark knight rises was very good, i think ben affleck could be a good choice a lot better than colin farrell anyway lol

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    • MoodyMonkey

      Aug 23rd 2013, 9:34

      Remember The Human Torch as Captain America? worked out fine. Matt Smith as The Doctor? Daniel Craig as Bond? Nobody saw them coming, loads whined (good god it was embarassing), and the actors did just fine.

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    • CharsmatcEngma

      Aug 23rd 2013, 9:52

      @martin. I rememeber an episode of Justice League where the main members of the league were talking and i think Flash comments that they don't even know each others names, then Batman points at every person giving their real name, before identifying himself, it was awesome. i think something like should be kept for the JL movie.

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    • Mck123

      Aug 23rd 2013, 10:02

      vinnym1980 - TDKR was one of the worst films I have ever experienced in my life. A terrible film that is an insult to the history of Batman (retiring with Selina Kyle - Really!) , I am complete fed up with people who don't understand the concept of Batman or film making (Turn the audio up and edit properly for a start) in general trying to defend this turkey. If it was made by anybody other than Nolan it would have been laughed out of the cinema. End of story. Nolan was not interested in making a third film and it shows. Ben Affleck is a nice guy but Batman he is not. Colin Farrell has an edge he can bring the darkness of Batman to the role. It is all starting to look very Wolverine like. Time to call Darren Aronofsky I think and bring some new ideas to the table.

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    • MoodyMonkey

      Aug 23rd 2013, 10:20

      If you have a ‘definitive’ Batman in your head, then chances are you’ve already seen it or read it – do you really want them to repeat what’s gone before? My favourite will always be the animated series from the 90’s, and I do love many of the other versions but one of the defining concepts of Batman is change. There are so many different versions, what’s wrong with another one? You have your box sets or comics if you are chained to one version…

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    • Ali1748

      Aug 23rd 2013, 10:35

      Holy s**t this is amazing!!! Ben will make a great Batman, he's grown a lot since DareDevil and IMO deserves another chance to play a character like this. LOL at Kevin's tweet this weeks Hollywood Bable-on is going to be epic.

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    • Hadouken76

      Aug 23rd 2013, 11:05

      Lets face it, fanboys haven't exactly warmed to ANY of the past bat-actors. Keaton (too short), Kilmer (too smug), Clooney (see Kilmer), Bale ( too intense) they aren't going to be happy until Kevin Conroy puts on the batsuit.

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    • Gimmeshelter

      Aug 23rd 2013, 11:26

      The simple fact is Man Of Steel was that bad to justify a sequel they have to bring the Batman character into it , they should have offered Bale a lot more than $50million, maybe they did and he read the ideas and thought this sounds just as s**t as the first one. The problem I have with this recasting of Batman is at the end of the credits on The Dark Knight Rises you clearly see Bale reading a newspaper with a headline about the Man Of Steel , I know this was only shown at selected cinemas but to me and any proper DC fan this links the DC universe so why recast, why not use Jospeh Gorden Levitt? or bring Bale out of retirement why cast an actor who f**ks up every blockbuster film he's ever been in, Affleck is only good in films he directs,writes or indie films, he can't do blockbusters FACT! I was looking forward to MOS for a year with all the hype there was until ten minutes in to the film , and the mass genocide caused by the so called Superman at the end of it just shows that this version of the story was very badly scripted ,edited and just plain wrong!

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    • smellyhands

      Aug 23rd 2013, 11:28

      I dont mind Affleck. Its a safe choice. But for the love of jeebus Snyder is directing. He is an awful film director. Get rid of him if you want a film and not overlong fancy trailer.

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    • Ali1748

      Aug 23rd 2013, 11:31

      It's ashame there has been such a negative reaction but I shouldn't be shocked, people who pay attention to the movie industry know Ben has turned his career around but most casual people probably still think of him from his days with Jennifer Lopez. Affleck hit rock bottom last decade but he worked his a*s offf to get back on his feet. Sure Ben isn't in the same league as Daniel Day Lewis when it comes to acting but he's pretty solid, I implore you to check out Affleck's performance in Hollywoodland, that was the moment Ben started to get his career back on track. Now that I've had time to digest the news I really like the choice, Ben's got the looks, physique and chin for Batman and Bruce Wayne. Daredevil and Gigili were ten years ago, give the guy another chance he's earned it.

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    • chibik

      Aug 23rd 2013, 11:41

      @Hadouken76: Or voice-over somebody in the batsuit, anyway! :-)

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    • Ali1748

      Aug 23rd 2013, 11:52

      BTW has anyone heard from Henry Cavill since the news broke out about Batman vs. Superman? I haven't seen one single comment from him. Is he just busy shooting Man From U.N.C.L.E?

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    • RaveyDaveyGravy

      Aug 23rd 2013, 12:04

      Im sure Affleck will do a stirling job, he has a smug quality as an actor to play a billionaire egotist with a back story. More interestingly though is his resurgence as a proper director. Id much rather see him replace Snyder behind the camera and let Snyder do what he does best, trailers and music videos. Or porn, he'd be good at that.

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    • dex2010

      Aug 23rd 2013, 12:11

      Good choice BUT.... It kind of makes a mockery of The Dark Knight Rises , Surely JGL was lined up to fill the boots of Batman! But it obviously has nothing to do with Nolans world.

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    • Ali1748

      Aug 23rd 2013, 12:19

      @endofdays Yeah Ben was really good in The Town but for me Hollywoodland is probably his best peroformance to date, it gets overlooked because it happened during the time when Affleck was considered a joke. There's also Argo and State of Play. Gone Baby Gone is an excellent movie but he was just the director, his brother Casey was the lead. People should also consider having Ben as the new Batman could lead to him either directing a Justice League movie or the inevitable solo Batman outing.

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    • illkillyoulast

      Aug 23rd 2013, 13:22

      why not bring michael keaton back and link it in with the tim burton universe of batman films (ignore the joel schumacher ones)?

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    • vincevega

      Aug 23rd 2013, 14:39

      his best performance was in Will Hunting.

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    • batt101

      Aug 23rd 2013, 15:16

      Wow that's a great idea, how did I never think of Will Wheaton as Batman!

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    • SiMan

      Aug 23rd 2013, 18:23

      Hmmm....actually, wasn't Affleck considered for the Justice League director's job? (Total Film article dated August 9th 2012 - huh, can't believe you can't post a link to a past artice that appeared on this same site!) - wonder if he's being given a role in the MoS sequel to see if he'd be willing to also get behind the director's chair? Warren Beatty directed and starred in a comic book movie adaptation.............albeit with a bit of mixed results

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    • SiMan

      Aug 23rd 2013, 18:30

      Wasn't Affleck rumoured to be in line for the Justice League movie's director's chair a while back? (Total film article dated 9th August in 2012 - can't believe you can't post a link to a past article on the same site!). Wonder if this is why they offered him this role, to get him to grips with this universe. Warren Beatty directed and starred in a comic book movie adaptation - albeit with mixed results, but could this be the way WB trumps Marvel in the directing stakes?

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    • GarthMarenghi

      Aug 23rd 2013, 19:59

      Ben Affleck as Batman? Argo fug yourself.

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    • Mattsimus

      Aug 23rd 2013, 19:59

      I don't know whether I'm intrigued or I hate it! Craig with bond was different, no one thought Craig would be a good choice based on his look even though he's excellent in everything, torch to cap America was different because he was being directed by whedon! Affleck however has evolved more as a director than an actor, although he can do both this at first glance and instinct feels more along the lines of the Joel Schumacher Batverse as apposed to say burtons or nolans, either way there is something missing from this. I am disappointed but Ill wait for the film to judge. The choice feels, empty, emotionless, rushed and def safe! DC don't deserve the success Marvel have worked hard for.

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    • apo1978

      Aug 23rd 2013, 20:50

      Yeah, Affleck's a reasonably good choice - but thats irrelevant. Its the idea of Batman and Superman together thats still doesn't sit right with me. I think the MOS franchise will sit alongside the new Spidey one...i.e very average. Woah, woah everyone! Just my opinion..... ;-)

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    • Mattsimus

      Aug 23rd 2013, 20:58

      @apo1978, Yeah it does feel like that, to be fair MOS still prob feels a bit more than just average, but I'm not sure bats vs supes was the right direction to take, admittedly I was excited but it was a ploy to get everyone stoked for something that is just rushed......... f**k I Love Nolan n Bale (i will move on shortly) hahaha

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    • GarthMarenghi

      Aug 23rd 2013, 21:13

      I don't know where this idea that nobody though Craig was a good choice for Bond came from. Certainly the hardcore fans didn't want a blond in the role, but I also recall plenty of people walking away from Layer Cake saying he would be perfect as 007. That was the film that got him the role. Affleck isn't in the same league as Heath Ledger or Daniel Craig, so it's insulting to them to include his name in the same sentence, really. At least Snyder and Goyer have got one of the creative c*ck-ups out of the way early with this decision. Our expectations are appropriately lowered and we might be pleasantly surprised with the final product.

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    • Mattsimus

      Aug 23rd 2013, 21:36

      @GarthMarenghi.... I do recall the "Blonde Bond" issue, also the "ugly Bond" comments but yeah I know it was layer cake the paved the way etc!..... I didn't know what to think actually as I was never a bond fan before Craig took the helm, although ill judge after I've seen this film my instinct is that Affleck isn't a good choice!...... Who knows yet though?

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    • CossieNuttas

      Aug 23rd 2013, 22:22

      Affleck was the bomb in Phantoms

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    • pdanyluk

      Aug 23rd 2013, 22:45

      I actually enjoyed Dare Devil... just sayin´!!!!!

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    • Hadouken76

      Aug 24th 2013, 8:19

      How does Daredevil know he's wearing red?

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    • 2Dglasses

      Aug 24th 2013, 9:58

      What film since 2006's Hollywoodland has been in any way derided? If memory has it right most had Oscar nominations or were otherwise acclaimed, with Afflecks own performance praised in many of them. Give him the benefit of the doubt people...

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    • spid2411

      Aug 24th 2013, 13:04

      It's irrelevant who plays Batman in this new film because....ITS A s**tE IDEA THAT IS BEING MADE JUST TO MAKE MONEY. This is all a result of that mediocrity called The Avengers as the interest is no longer in making sophisticated, intelligent fantasy films like the Nolan Dark Knight trilogy but instead just an attempt to churn out any old s**t to rake in the cash. Its a shame because all that will happen here is we will descend into the camp, immature nonsense of the 90's Batman (which was dire) that the Nolan films so brilliantly erased from the memory. Man of Steel was a missed opportunity - we went to see it and walked out disgusted as the first hour or so was good and then it turned into a total mess, clearly as a result of studio interference and product placement. I have never seen a film with so much of that in it - an insult to anyone with intelligence. It's a joke everyone is getting so excited about this rubbish but dont worry about quality - all that matters is the money. Right? ps and for the record, Snyder once scoffed at what a ridiculous question it was when he was asked who would win in a fight between Superman and Batman, rolling his eyes at the immature stupidity of the idea. And now he is making a film about ti to set up the Justice League?? Seems a bit like a sell out to me

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    • Stephen1984

      Aug 24th 2013, 13:32

      I was slightly surprised, as I thought they'd go for someone less well known. Makes sense though, as Ben Affleck's in 40's, so at least it won't be an origin story, which after Batman Begins we don't really need. 'mI excited to see a different take on the character. Affleck's a more than capable actor, as Hollywoodland, The Town and Argo (to name a few) proved. Some of the criticism seems a bit harsh, such as "will we see J-Lo as Catwoman?", ignoring the fact he's been married to Jennifer Garner for almost ten years. Yes, he's made some bad films, but what actor hasn't? Even Christian Bale has Shaft, Reign Of Fire and Terminator:Salvation on his CV, which all got bad reviews. And to rule him out just because he's done a bad comic book film before is ridiculous, especially as Josh 'Jonah Hex' Brolin was touted as a contender. Why not give the man a chance? Watch the film, then we can all judge. A lot of fans didn't want Michael Keaton, then the film came out, and the majority seemed to like it. Like Keaton, Affleck could prove a lot of people wrong.

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    • Hadouken76

      Aug 24th 2013, 14:10

      Nice of Wil Wheaton to have a dig, seeing how his career took off into the stratosphere since leaving Star Trek TNG. No wait...that was Patrick Stewart, Wheaton is mewling has-been with no career. Sorry,.

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    • GarthMarenghi

      Aug 24th 2013, 14:36

      Wheaton's actually a well-respected author and critic of geek culture these days.

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    • Ali1748

      Aug 24th 2013, 18:39

      At least Affleck will look pretty intimidating in the suit, he's like 6'3 and probably weighs about 220lbs -240lbs.

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    • GarthMarenghi

      Aug 24th 2013, 22:31

      He'll look intimidating... and then he'll open his mouth. It's the David Beckham effect.

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    • Mattsimus

      Aug 25th 2013, 11:39

      Great... I couldn't think of anyone less intimidating, well maybe Steve coogan ooohhhh that said, Steve coogan could be the next joker?..... Whatever, this still feels like a bad dream.

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    • Mattsimus

      Aug 25th 2013, 21:09

      Holy s**t, you genius... David Beckham should play bats... N posh can be scarecrow! Haha

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    • budthechud

      Aug 25th 2013, 22:50

      Holy Bat Casting!! Imagine if it were Orlando Bloom- who was next on the list. Meantime, take a trip to STUDIO CITY on Youtube /StudioCitySeries

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    • Mattsimus

      Aug 25th 2013, 23:45

      Yeah but Orlando would never have been cast as Batman.... That's like casting mr bean for expendables 3!

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    • chibik

      Aug 26th 2013, 6:35

      @Mattsimus: Someone should do this.

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    • TwoBobRuss

      Aug 26th 2013, 7:28

      My choice would have been Ray Stevenson

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    • vincevega

      Aug 27th 2013, 15:06

      that's it, spid2411 stroke again with his little m@sturbation over Nolan's work and his little hatred over Marvel. let me tell you something you pretentious smug, there has been as much marketing and money put into the Dark Knight trilogy to make it pass as a cool dark movie only interested in the arty and creative side of things to please the crowd to make them believe they have a higher quality product, than in the Marvel movies to make them pass as fun and entertaining! I did really like MoS, and the Avengers, and there are even people to like Daredevil (see other articles) and even some... Oh Lord!... who didnt like the Dark Knight trilogy! like me... I can go over why i didnt in another time, but it isnt the topic, the topic is that your arrogant, presumptuous and let's say it straight... rude way of putting people down when they don't think like you is quite offensive. I would say "a word to the wise" but I dont think you're wise enought to take it in, accept it and change the way you think...

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    • vincevega

      Aug 27th 2013, 15:07

      that's it, spid2411 stroke again with his little m@sturbation over Nolan's work and his little hatred over Marvel. let me tell you something you pretentious smug, there has been as much marketing and money put into the Dark Knight trilogy to make it pass as a cool dark movie only interested in the arty and creative side of things to please the crowd to make them believe they have a higher quality product, than in the Marvel movies to make them pass as fun and entertaining! I did really like MoS, and the Avengers, and there are even people to like Daredevil (see other articles) and even some... Oh Lord!... who didnt like the Dark Knight trilogy! like me... I can go over why i didnt in another time, but it isnt the topic, the topic is that your arrogant, presumptuous and let's say it straight... rude way of putting people down when they don't think like you is quite offensive. I would say "a word to the wise" but I dont think you're wise enought to take it in, accept it and change the way you think...

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