Why I'm not worried that Ben Affleck is Batman

2013-08-23T12:52:00Z 2013-08-23T15:19:36Z Why I'm not worried that Ben Affleck is BatmanHenry Barajas Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

Hold your Bat-horses, internet. We will endure.

Just when you think Warner Bros. announcing the "Superman/Batman" movie news at San Diego Comic-Con was a promising idea, they cast Ben Affleck to play the Caped Crusader. Can Affleck and Henry Cavil pull this off or make us appreciate "Batman and Robin" more?

What I do appreciate that this casting news gives me a reason to geek out about Batman with everyone I know. The water cooler turned in to a mini comic-con this morning with everyone talking about their favorite Batman actor. Some grew up with Michael Keaton, most forget that Val Kilmer wore the cowl, others didn't jive with George Clooney and I'm a big Kevin Conroy fan. Conroy has been the fan favorite Bruce Wayne/Batman voice actor since the Animated series first aired in 1991.

Batman has been handled very well through out it's 74 years in existence. Batman is the highest selling comic since the 52 relaunch last year. There will always be a better Batman comic book or graphic novel despite Affleck's performance. Can you blame Affleck for accepting the role?

The sad part is I'm jealous that he will have the honor of being known as The Batman for the rest of his life and not if he can do the character justice.

If you can't tell but I'm very passionate about this character. I'm very vocal about what I love, so here's my favorite Bat stories that I demand you read (in no particular order):

  1. "Crime City" by Dave Lapham (Author) , Ramon Bachs (Illustrator) , Nathan Massengill (Illustrator).
  2. "Batman: Year One" by Frank Miller (Author) , David Mazzucchelli (Illustrator)
  3. "Batman & Robin: Batman Reborn" by Grant Morrison (Author) , Frank Quitely (Illustrator) , Philip Tan (Illustrator)

  4. "The Man Who Laughs" by Ed Brubaker (Author) , Doug Mahnke (Illustrator)
  5. "The Killing Joke" by Alan Moore (Author) , Brian Bolland (Author)

Contact reporter Henry Barajas at hbarajas@azstarnet.com or 573-4203. Follow him on Twitter @HenryBarajas.

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About this blog

Geek Beat is the brainchild of Tucson native Henry Barajas, who has been immersed in the world of comic books and graphic novels since before it was cool to be uncool. By day Barajas works as a news assistant in the newsroom of the Arizona Daily Star. By night, he does standup comedy, blogs about his hobbies, saves his dough for trips to comic conventions and writes the Captain Unikorn and El Loco comic books.

Here you'll find all sorts of information about "geek" culture, from the well-known to the obscure, with a particular focus on Tucson.

You can email Barajas at hbarajas@tucson.com. Find him on Facebook, Google+ or follow him on Twitter at @HenryBarajas

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