Afternoon Links: The Ongoing Bat Affleck Fallout
Man, you guys (the Internet) are brutal. As soon as the word got out that Ben Affleck had been cast as the new Batman, everyone reacted with the kind of horror usually reserved for, you know, real news. Director Zack Snyder spoke of Affleck’s “acting chops” and “charm,” and you haters can only talk about Gigli. As Variety points out, remember how much you hated the idea of Michael Keaton as Gotham’s rich bat-eared hero? I’m not saying R. Kelly wouldn’t make a great Batman, but give Affleck a chance (and hold onto the hope that Damon will be his Robin, though I guess I always ’shipped them in the opposite roles despite the color of their hair). He’s never going to come out of his bat cave if this negativity continues, and the movie will wind up being like a comic book Waiting for Godot (great pitch, actually — no stealsies).
- This casting also means that Affleck is out of the director’s chair for The Stand, with Scott Cooper (Crazy Heart) stepping in as a possible replacement.
- Five new white people join the cast of Saturday Night Live.
- V, a vamp, I call myself.
- File under: things Nikki Finke disapproves of.
- The newest person who is rumored to be considered for Christian Grey in the proving-to-be-uncastable role from Fifty Shades: Sons of Anarchy’s Charlie Hunnam.
- Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman will star in Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot.
- “The last thing I would want for my daughter is for some crazy drunk black guy in leather to come up and cut her off at an award show.” — Oh, Kanye.
- More ink spilled over Ellen Page’s sexuality, right over here.
- Fan fic is ruining everything, maybe.
- Perhaps it’s time to stop taking the “America’s Most Wanted” tour so literally.
- Aziz Ansari got a hefty advance for his love book.
- You’re in luck if the What Rhymes With Hug Me site is up, because it’s awesome. Here’s a summary if the bandwidth battle has been lost.
- You and me, weekend. You and me.