*If you love — or even like — comic book movies, or if you want to, go see Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
In the spirit of full disclosure, I’m not the most objective person when it comes to superhero movies. The office I’m writing in could double as a Superman museum, festooned with memorabilia that dates back to the classic 1950s George Reeves serials. I love the first two of the Richard Donner-helmed films starring Christopher Reeve, as well as Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel.
That said, I know a stinker when I see one: Reeve’s Superman IV: The Quest For Peace is one of the worst films ever made (of any genre), and while I enjoyed some of the Batman films, and loved the Dark Knight trilogy, I’ve never quite understood the Batman character or the public’s seemingly endless fascination with him.
Thanks to Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Bruce Wayne / Batman in the new Batman v Superman, I get it now. All of Affleck’s critics — he was dubbed “Batfleck” by the Twitterverse upon announcement of his casting — will be silenced with this one. Fanboys never need to mention Daredevil again. With no disrespect to Christian Bale, Michael Keaton, or Val Kilmer (cough cough George Clooney), Affleck is the silver screen’s best Dark Knight.
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