comScore

Wait, what?

Looks like you came here from Geekosystem. Don't worry, everything is still here. We've just combined forces with The Mary Sue to bring you more and better content, all in one place.

Tell Us: Does This Photo of Affleck as Batman Change Your Mind About Him Playing the Part?

Wherein I speak passionately about a photo of Heath Ledger.

battfleck

When they announced that Heath Ledger was playing The Joker in The Dark Knight, I thought it was a terrible idea. The kid from 10 Things I Hate About You as the Clown Prince of Gotham? Nonsense! I wasn’t alone in hating the idea, and I think everyone came around once the movie was out. For me though, it wasn’t his performance that convinced me. It was this photo:

Ledger Joker

This was the first public image of Ledger as The Joker, and it completely won me over. The scars. The expression. The messiness of it. Everything. I was sold. “They got it,” I thought. We’re supposed to be afraid of Joker, and this picture was scary.

This time around I’m in a different position. I’ve been onboard with Batfleck from the start, but I understand I’m in the minority here. When Affleck was announced as Batman, the Internet went nuts, and not in the good way the Internet sometimes goes nuts. I was so turned off by people’s reactions to the news. Partially because I disagreed with them, but also because I remembered that I reacted the same way when Ledger was cast and that’s not something I like about myself. I thought we all learned a lesson about reserving judgement about casting news from The Dark Knight, but it was clear after Batfleck that the lesson didn’t reach as far and wide as I thought.

I’m just curious if that image of Affleck as Batman had the same effect on anyone as the first Ledger pic did on me. Did it change your mind at all?

Are you following The Mary Sue on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, & Google +?

Filed Under |

© 2014 The Mary Sue   |   About UsAdvertiseNewsletterJobsContributorsComment PolicyPrivacyUser AgreementDisclaimerContactArchives RSS

Dan Abrams, Founder
  1. Mediaite
  2. The Mary Sue
  3. Styleite
  4. The Braiser
  5. SportsGrid
  6. Gossip Cop