• Djornad

    True story this, true story.

    We’re allowed to judge those with poor track records though, right? Like the appalling Michael Bay?

    Regarding Ben Affleck – although people give him way more flack than he deserves, we have to admit he’s been in a large number of bad movies. It’s difficult to judge whether he’s actually a decent actor or not, or whether he just keeps signing up to movies with awful scripts. Either way, it doesn’t matter. Although extremely tedious and judgemetal, and people really should wait for the actual film to judge him (it may be one of his good films), the scepticism for him playing an iconic role isn’t ungrounded.

    As for people bad mouthing the new X-Men film – they’ve completely lost me. Singer directed the best two films of the series. What the heck is the problem with people?

    • EmpathDigital

      I think it’s fine to judge actors and directors based on their track records, but only if their full track record has been considered. You bring up Michael Bay, but his output isn’t all bad – ‘The Rock’ and ‘Bad Boys’ are both decent action movies, ‘Armageddon’ has its merits and even ‘Pain and Gain’, his most recent offering, had more in common with a Coen Brothers film than a typical Michael Bay explode-a-thon.

      The same goes for Ben Affleck – I wrote an article on this site defending the choice of casting him as Batman when the news broke which covered most of my points, but people tend to focus on ‘Gigli’ and ‘Daredevil’ when criticising Ben Affleck, and completely ignore ‘The Town’ or ‘Argo’, or even his earlier, more comedic efforts like ‘Chasing Amy’.

      So it’s fine to consider someone a bad actor or a bad director, but only after you’ve taken their relevant work into consideration and not just made a snap judgement based on the most recent film of theirs you saw or heard about. For example, I feel completely safe in saying that Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer are terrible directors, because everything they’ve put out in the past ten years has been appalling.

      I agree with you about Bryan Singer, but there are a lot of people out there who consider ‘First Class’ to be the best X-Men film and they may just be angry that Matthew Vaughn isn’t returning to direct this one. But it’s not too much of a stretch to say that Bryan Singer kick-started the renaissance of superhero movies that we’re currently experiencing by directing the first X-Men film, so he’s got my blessing on this one.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the article!

  • The Administrator

    True. So true.

  • Joel Mole

    I actually don’t mind Affleck as Batman. This should be interesting to see how this plays out. Eisenburg may be young but his performance could sell the roll.
    Moral: Don’t judge things before they happen