As you all might know by now the news broke this past week that Ben Affleck is the new caped crusader in the sequel to this summers block buster Man of Steel. He will join Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, and Laurence Fishburne as the new BATMAN taking over for Christian Bale who played him on film longer then anyone going all three movies in the Nolan trilogy as BATMAN.
As soon as the news broke the internet became a buzz with nothing but Ben Affleck related news. All mostly negative as the fanboy community in one loud uproar threw their comments on all things social. A petition to the white house was opened which later was taken down, and a Change.ORG petition was also opened which has now a good 90K signed asking to please remove Ben Affleck as BATMAN.
On PSN Radio it’s been very much a split choice as some of the host are for it, and others are against it. What we would like to know is. Who’s playing Robin? Matt Damon? But no seriously we don’t know much about the movie since no script has been finished, and not a single frame of footage has been shown. But we all do remember what Ben was like in a super hero movie. Remember this…
Yes that was 10 years ago, and yes he’s done great work as a director, and even as an actor as of late with movies like “The Town” and “ARGO” Which won him an academy award for best director. But is he good enough to play the Dark Knight? Does he measure up to the epic Batman played by Bale? Only time will tell, and only watching it on film will answer these questions. The thing that is clear about the WB using BATMAN in the follow up to Man of Steel is that they were not too happy with how that movie under performed domestically, and might not believe that a sequel will be big. So they throw in BATMAN vs SUPERMAN at us, and you know it doesn’t matter who’s playing BATMAN that movie will make tons of cash regardless.
Director of Clerks, Mallrats, Dogma, Jay & Silent BOB Strikes back, and Chasing Amy fame Kevin Smith has come forward in support of Ben, and says he thinks that BEN will be a fine BATMAN. But here is the thing! He’s one of Ben’s closes friends, and the only reason Ben was able to make “Good will hunting” years ago was thanks to Kevin who took the movie over to Miramax, and said “hey this is my guys help them” so it doesn’t shock me that Kevin Smith is now sticking up for his boy. Who wouldn’t stick up for their friends? Doesn’t mean he’s right.
But the fans have been loud, and can the WB/DC and Ben take the heat? Only time will tell… Leave your thoughts, and comments below on the casting choice.
- Pete Dickenson
In the new movie Man of Steel Henry Cavill plays The Man of Steel himself or Superman if you didn’t know who MOS was. This movie also stars Amy Adams as Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane, and Laurence Fishburne as her editor-in-chief, Perry White. Starring as Clark Kent’s adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent, are Diane Lane and Kevin Costner.
Going against Superman are two other surviving Kryptonians, the villainous General Zod, played by Michael Shannon, and Faora, Zod’s evil partner, played by Antje Traue. Also from Superman’s native Krypton are Lara Lor-Van, Superman’s mother, played by Ayelet Zurer, and Superman’s father, Jor-El, portrayed by Russell Crowe. Rounding out the cast are Harry Lennix as U.S. military man General Swanwick, as well as Christopher Meloni as Colonel Hardy.
Following the viral countdown, Warner Bros. Pictures has now revealed the new trailer for Zack Snyder’s Superman movie, Man of Steel.
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SoFloRadio & PSN RADIO will broadcast live from MegaCon this year with Angel “Tha JackaL” Espino” joining the cast of SoFlo Radio’s “The Pow WoW Show” come out, and check them out plus much more!
Make sure if your in the orlando area to stop by, and watch us do the show live!
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Profiles of Current Members of the Superman Homepage Crew
Name: Steve Younis
Email: Click here to send Steve an email
Location: NSW Australia
Occupation: Graphic Designer/Web Designer
DOB: September 16, 1971
Superman Homepage Contribution: Owner, Editor-in-Chief
Coolest thing to happen to you because of working on the site: Meeting all the wonderful people who share the same crazy passion that I do.
I love Superman because: He does the right thing simply because it’s the right thing to do.
I’ve always been a Superman fan, having watched the Superman and SuperFriends cartoons on TV as a child. However it wasn’t until mid-1995 when I found, bought and read a novel called “The Death and Life of Superman” by Roger Stern that I really began to seriously become a Superman fan/collector.
After reading the novel, an ad at the back of the book for Superman Comics attracted my attention and had me searching out my local Comic Shop to get my first taste of Superman comic books… and so began a humble little hobby that would grow into something beyond my wildest dreams.
It was also around the same time that I first accessed the growing world of the Internet, and I naturally sought out websites dedicated to Superman and related information.
Amongst others, I came across what to me was the most informative and up-to-date Superman website called the Superman Homepage. This site was maintained by an American guy called Andrew J Gould. Andrew and I quickly became friends via email, discussing the latest Superman comics, TV show episodes, etc… It wasn’t till mid-1996 that Andrew told me that he was ill… in fact dying. Andrew suffered from a rare genetic skin disease, dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa, which causes the skin to blister and scar in response to minor injuries, and predisposed him to skin cancer. Sadly Andrew passed away in November 1996 but leading up to his death the two of us organised for Andrew’s computer files to be transferred to me so I could continue on his work at the Superman Homepage.
Being a Graphic Designer by profession, I set about updating the website to have a more user-friendly look and feel, adding more content and a wider range of information on top of what Andrew had done, including adding information which Andrew had planned to do but had never been able to get around to.
In early 1999 the Superman Homepage had been built up to be rated as one of the premier Superman websites on the World Wide Web, averaging over 200 unique visitors a day. I was joined by up to 8 volunteers from around the world in keeping the website’s content as current as possible, with regular reviews of the weekly Superman comics, Episode Guides of the TV shows, latest news and rumours, interactive Trivia Quiz, to name just a few of the areas being updated regularly. Contacts had been made with Superman-related stars and creative people, such as writers on the Superman Comics, committee members who organise the Superman Festival in Metropolis, Illinois… and the ultimate experience… contact with Christopher Reeve through a mutual friend!
In early June 1999 I was contacted by a man named Chip Meyers. Basically he and his company were setting up a major website called Fandom which would be the central place for people to come to who were interested in Science Fiction/Horror/Fantasy, and he wanted me to take control of the Superman section. There were a lot of fine details to work out, but what it came down to was that he wanted to pay me to do my hobby!
After much discussions, the deal was done. The Fandom website (of which my Superman Homepage was to be one of 12 other sections in the initial set-up) was to be launched on the 1st of November 1999. Between June and November there was a lot of work to be done, but thankfully I was able to get most of the Superman Homepage up and ready for the big launch.
Fandom was a big success, and reaction to my move had been positive. The Superman Homepage did really well with traffic building to over 1,600 unique visitors a day on average, with a growing community involved in the Superman Message Board and Chat Room. My site’s reputation as one of the premier online Superman destinations has resulted in exclusive interviews with “Superman: The Movie” Director Richard Donner, Producer and Editor on the restoration of “Superman: The Movie” Michael Thau. Both myself and the Superman Homepage have received mentions in DC Comics’ “Superman” comic books, with interviews conducted with the editor, writers, and artists working on the Superman comics.
Sadly, due to economic difficulties, Fandom Inc. closed its doors in mid-2001. However the Superman Homepage continued to live on, moving to a new location at www.supermanhomepage.com, returning to an independant existence as a fan-run website.
Over the years this website has been a resource for many Superman projects, including the movie “Superman Returns”, the “Look, Up in the Sky! The Amazing Story of Superman” documentary, “The Essential Superman Encyclopedia” publication, “Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics” documentary, and more.
Today the site boasts around 12,000 unique visitors daily, and continues to grow in size and content, with more news, more reviews, more interviews and… well… more Superman!
I’m really looking forward to continuing this adventure in my affiliation with the world of Superman.
Up, up and away!