Actor Ben Affleck speaks during a national hungry rally hosted by Feeding America, Monday, Jan. 19, 2009, in Washington. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS/Haraz N. Ghanbari)
Oftentimes it’s easy to judge before we know better.
We judge people before we get to know them. We judge a book by its visual appeal or preconceived notion before reading it.
We judge a movie by posters, initial trailers or biases before seeing it. Sometimes because of these factors we can even write things off without giving them a chance. This is behaviour we are all guilty of at one point or another. This is also behaviour we should strive to eliminate.
What stands out in my mind as the most recent global judgment in this manner is the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman last week in a multi-film deal.
He will play Bruce Wayne/Batman opposite Henry Cavill’s Clark Kent/Superman in the Superman/Batman movie, which is a sequel to this year’s Man of Steel.
He has been criticized harshly to say the least. Negative comments exploded on Twitter instantly, saying he wasn’t fit for the role and that Hollywood made a terrible decision to cast the actor.
The tag #BetterthanBenAffleck was trending on Twitter with suggestions of who would play a better Batman.
There was even an online petition started to have Affleck removed from the films, stating that his skill “is not even close to being believable as Bruce Wayne and he won’t do the role justice.”
But the question remains: How do you know he won’t do the role justice before you give him a chance?
All of this flak is ridiculous. People are assuming he won’t be good for the role before they’ve even seen what he can do with it.
Affleck, a 41-year-old two-time Academy Award winner, has made some very good movies. The most recent award-winning film that stole best picture at the Academy Awards was Argo. He did a great job directing and acting in that movie and he did well in the film Good Will Hunting as well.
Despite how many people strongly disliked him in Daredevil, I didn’t.
I have only seen the director’s cut with approximately 30 minutes of additional footage than the theatrical version, but I like the movie.
Even if you hated his portrayal of Daredevil in the 2003 film, that doesn’t mean he won’t be a convincing Batman.
I’ll admit he’s made some bad movies. But every actor makes bad movies. Just because he made some poor choices in the past doesn’t mean he is incapable of being Batman. There is no solid proof anyone can offer that he won’t be a good Batman.
Either way, people should leave Affleck alone. It just might be that, for all of you skeptics out there, he will surprise you and make a great Batman.
Other celebrities have defended Affleck’s casting and put faith in how he’ll pull off the role, including Matt Damon, Michael Keaton, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Joss Whedon and Stan Lee.
I think Affleck can pull off Batman. I believe he is a good actor who can do it.
For those of you who don’t think Affleck is a good actor, don’t be so quick to judge. You can’t know if he’ll make a poor Batman before you’ve seen his portrayal.
Until then, leave him alone.
Follow Lisa Goudy on Twitter @lisagoudy.