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    Ben Affleck as the new reincarnation of Batman

    When Affleck was announced as the new vigilante hero, the blogosphere exploded. "How could they?!" the writers screamed. What have they done? What is the root of our upset? Are we comparing him to other Batmans or comparing him to his own body of work?

    • In addition to his body of work, maybe fans are upset with his skills as an actor? – Tanner Ollo 5 years ago
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    • On a broader note it may be helpful to look at re-castings of popular characters, especially recently. How many Hulks have we gone through? Will Spiderman ever have an iconic actor play him? The case of Batman is very interesting too because he's almost never been played by the same actor more than twice in the movies, does that make him a special case, like James Bond? These are all important points to look at, beyond Affleck himself. – smartstooge 5 years ago
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    • I think it might help too if you compare this to the last time he played a superhero, Daredevil, and why people are critical to the idea of him being Batman considering that Daredevil bombed. – Ryan Walsh 5 years ago
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    • I agree with the idea that this topic should be expanded. Perhaps how to cast for superhero films? However, if we are staying with the Batman universe - it should be mentioned that Heath Ledger received negative reactions from fans when he was first cast as the Joker. Heath then went on to win an Academy Award for his performance. – cdenomme96 5 years ago
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    • This is an interesting topic, but perhaps this should be used as an example or a starting point instead of the entire topic. I would advise broadening it: why does the internet seem to blow up about these things? Why was Jared Leto's casting of the Joker so controversial? Why was Heath Ledger's for the matter? And why did people freak over the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman, but not Henry Cavill as Superman? It could be an interesting commentary on internet culture, if you broaden it's scope just a bit. – MIKAILARUSHING 5 years ago
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    • I think that's a fair point-- but covering all of the characters would give the article breadth, but not necessarily depth, if the writer were looking to do a shorter piece. – meganhennessey 5 years ago
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    I really enjoyed this article. The first two authors you mention have a difficult task– how do you write about war in a way that feels true to readers who may not have experience war as well? Interestingly, I think we trust writers more who have experienced combat (like Hemingway) because we want them to tell the truth, to give us a chance to experience war vicariously.

    Literature's WWI Veterans

    Loved this article. When we see Irene and Sherlock interact for the first time, I think it’s super important that the cinematography refuses to typecast her as a femme fatale; the camera doesn’t show her full nudity, but instead focuses on Sherlock and John’s reactions to it. In this sense, it also seems to stray away from first wave feminism (your explaining them was super helpful!), as the female qualities are not seen as stronger than male ones.

    Irene Adler: Forever Feminist

    Awesome article. I like the observation you make about Janet’s virginity not being “fully spent” yet. Frank N. Furter is a guilty pleasure to watch throughout the movie, as he isn’t deterred by social expectations– but, it seems, that becomes his undoing.

    The Rocky Horror Picture Show: A Cult Classic that Challenged Sexual Mores