The verdict for Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice” is in. And, at the moment it’s ugly. To say that critics have been unmoved, would be generous. Earlier this week, we ran down the pummeling the blockbuster has garnered thus far (since then the Rotten Tomatoes score has dropped even more). But like we noted, the true test for a film like this, which already has a huge built-in fanbase, is how folks react this weekend.
One thing that most seem to agree on, though, is Ben Affleck’s Batman. By all reports the actor shines as the beleaguered caped crusader. And frankly, it’s no surprise; Affleck has been churning out solid performances for the past several years, after going through his own mini-renaissance. But even before he turned things around and returned to his post as a critical darling (around his directorial debut “Gone Baby Gone”), Affleck gave an affecting turn as another costumed hero: Superman in “Hollywoodland.” Or, at least George Reeves, the man who helped to popularize the superhero on TV. Either way, the footage of Affleck in a red cape has finally been put to good use.
A new supercut by Todd Spence (via AV Club) has pitted Affleck v Affleck. Using footage from the wealth of ‘Dawn Of Justice’ trailers and scenes from “Hollywoodland,” the short video hilariously places the grim and deeply serious Batman against the rather bumbling Superman. The result is genius, and highlights nicely the tonal shift in superhero movies over the decades.
Meanwhile, someone has recut Affleck’s reaction to the critical response of ‘Batman v Superman’ with Simon & Garfunkel‘s “The Sound Of Silence.” It’s pretty hilarious. Watch both videos below.