Jeff Smith 11:59 p.m., Feb. 8
A fleck on the fanboy's windshield
Given the twittering hubbub made over Hollywood's latest casting choice, you would think that Ben Affleck had committed murder, not been chosen to replace Christian Bale in the next Batman movie.
What's the matter, widdle fanboys? Did big bad Warner Bros. take away your caped crusader? Grow a set of balls! Do you think I liked it when the networks tried to bewitch viewers by pulling the old Dick York/Dick Sargent switcheroo? I lived. It took months to compose myself after John Williams became the substitute Mr. French on Family Affair. It was tough, but time wounds all heals. Roberto Benigni instead of Peter Sellers? Okay, that last decision was unclean, but you get my point.
Hollywood will always let you down. Get used to it. Whatever nugget of gold there is to be mined from an original idea will be turned to iron, man, by studio alchemists.
The headlines should have screamed, "OH, MY GOD! THEY GAVE ZACK SNYDER ANOTHER BUDGET!"
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