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‘Confessions of a Superhero’ is a 2007 documentary that follows around 4 fame obsessed hopefuls as they dress up as various superheroes (Hulk, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman) in LA waiting to be noticed. I fully expected this film to be depressing, but it was actually fascinating. Living in Rhode Island you don’t see many fame hungry people, but this film opens your eyes to alarming number of people moving to Hollywood in search of celebrity. Although this film is 6 years old, it addresses a big problem in our culture: the new generations of kids don’t want to be doctors or teachers; they want to be athletes or musicians or actors. When those kids fail at Plan A, Plan B is sometimes to scary to watch. Do yourself a favor and witness the madness in ‘Confessions of a Superhero’.
In a world of 9-5 jobs and bills something has got to keep people sane. My something happens to be thinking about having superpowers. Most of the time it is the usual stuff: Flying, x-ray vision, invisibility, super strength, etc. But sometimes the superpowers I wish I had get a tad more specific to the situation at hand: knowing all the answers on Jeopardy, having the ability to make beer and food appear in the fridge, and super grass mowing abilities. Ok, maybe those superpowers are a little less practical than others, but superpowers none the less.
So, what superpowers do you wish you had? Answer the poll below and if you don’t see one that fits you, comment below and let me know!
“BREAKING Bad star Bryan Cranston has reportedly been cast as supervillain Lex Luthor in the Man Of Steel sequel, alongside Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman. Cranston is said to have signed at least a six-appearance deal with DC Comics, which means he may have more chances to destroy Superman in future Justice League films, according to Cosmic Book News. An official announcement is expected to be made after the conclusion of the final season of Breaking Bad. Comic book fans will probably welcome Cranston’s hiring, following his celebrated portrayal of Walter White – a timid science teacher who starts cooking meth to pay his medical bills. An insider told Cosmic Book News: “Cranston truly is a dream casting for Luthor.” With Affleck on board, DC is also rumoured to be considering Matt Damon for the roles of Aquaman or Martian Manhunter. Mark Strong may also join in the role of Green Lantern mentor Sinestro, which he played in the recent Green Lantern film.” – news.com.au
Superman vs. Batman is shaping up to be quite the blockbuster. First, Ben Affleck was cast as the caped crusader, and now it appears Bryan Cranston will be playing uber villain Lex Luthor. Breaking Bad fans know Cranston has the ability to portray a bald evil genius, and why not stereotypically cast him now while the brilliant character Walter White is still fresh in our minds. Hopefully this star power, combined with Zack Snyder’s directorial style make for another great superhero flick.
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Hot off the press! Ben Affleck is going to be the new Batman in the upcoming movies. The social media realm has exploded with people very against the two-time Oscar winning film director/writer becoming the caped crusader. Personally, I think that we cashed in on a great actor that will help carry the franchise into The Justice League years. Anyone who thinks Ben Affleck shouldn’t be the next Batman needs to pump their brakes and understand the facts. Because Ben Affleck might not be the Batman we need, but he is the Batman we deserve:
Lets take a look at Affleck in recent years. The last three movies he directed were: Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and Argo (Fuck yourself). A movie lineup as solid as the Rock of Gibraltar. Do you agree? You have to agree. Argo won an Oscar and the other two were all mentioned during awards season. Not to mention, awards aside, I have never felt suspense like I did in Argo; and I knew how the story turned out! Stack those movies up and then remember that he wrote one of the best screen plays to ever hit the silver screen, Good Will Hunting (and won an Oscar for it). Affleck is a student of the film industry, the whole aspect. Acting, writing, directing. You name it, this guy has all the tools, and is constantly sharpening them.
But, no matter what happens in the coming months and years people will still compare him to his performance in Daredevil. Was Daredevil horrible? Of course it was. Before we start ripping big Ben, let me list a few movies for you. The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Hide and Seek, Arthur and the Invisibles, Stardust. Those are four consecutive movies that Robert De Niro made from 2004-2006. Our point is, when you do something long enough, you’re going to make a few stink bombs. Judging Affleck on Daredevil alone is like saying Alex Rodriguez had a great career before he took steroids. Big picture, people.
I have a feeling a majority of the people bashing Affleck are going to wonder why Christian Bale wasn’t brought back as the caped crusader. If you call yourself a fan of Batman and you legitimately think Christian Bale should continue being Batman then you are the first recipient of the “stupidest person in the world” award. Bale was the best Batman. Ever. But Christopher Nolan ended Bale’s reign perfectly, and in our eyes, his version of Batman should be sipping cappuccinos and banging Anne Hathaway until the end of the time. Plus, Bale’s version of Batman wouldn’t be a believable foe for Superman. “The Dark Knight” was an effective heroine because he battled people with evil intentions, not people with super powers. A movie with Bale’s Batman vs. any Superman villain would be too unbelievable, even by movie standards. Batman needed a fresh start, and Ben Affleck is the right guy for the job.
Congratulations Ben Affleck. You have resurrected your career and turned doubters into believers. You deserve the chance to play an iconic character, and if you find yourself having a sleepless night or two, picture Matt and Ryan kissing your forehead gently and lulling you to sleep. This, Is. Our. House.