Friday, May 16, 2014
Last year, with the announcement of the new Batman, the world of super hero worshipers and comic-com affectionados became very worried. Angry even. They said it wouldn't work. That he couldn't possibly pull it off. The naysayers were stumbling over themselves to pipe in with their condemnations and two cents worth. In this age of instant experts and internet sniping nerdships, trolls banded together to condemn the casting even before the production began.
It was deemed the worst casting choice since Mickey Rooney played a Chinese landlord in Breakfast at Tiffany's. Or maybe Madonna as a missionary nurse in Shanghai Surprise, or okay Keanu Reeves starring in Buddha in 1993's Little Buddha.
This week, Director Zack Snyder has given fans their first glimpse of Ben Affleck as Batman and it seems to have passed muster. The film, unofficially titled Batman vs. Superman, won't be released until May of 2016 but it seems the defense has begun in earnest.
It's not a new thing. People have been prejudging the plans of others since time began. It has happened to all of us. Or those of us that try to accomplish new things. Our reputation precedes us and determines whether we're therefore suitable. But estimations like these could simply be underestimations.
JK Rowling was a single mother and unemployed. She moved to Scotland to be near her sister and saw herself as "the biggest failure I knew" but she had a daughter who she adored, an old typewriter, and a big idea. "And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life."
In the early '70s, Dr. Judah Folkman proposed an idea in cancer research that did not fit what scientists thought at the time. “You’re studying dirt,” they said. For two decades, he met with disinterest or hostility as he pursued his work in the study of the growth of new blood vessels that might help stop the growth of tumors. Folkman discovered the first angiogenesis inhibitors in the 1980s. Today more than 100,000 cancer patients are benefiting from the research he pioneered.
Amy Tan was partners in a technical-writing business but wanted to do something more creative with words. So she made her pitch to her partner but her partner insisted that writing was her weakest skill and added, “You’ll never make a dime writing.” She quit and set out to prove him wrong. Being on her own was tough but she set out to try her hand at fiction. The Joy Luck Club was born. And the manager who couldn’t write became one of America’s bestselling, best-loved authors.
So go, Ben Affleck and Zack Snyder. Go. Prove the naysayers wrong.
Posted by Rand MacIvor at 9:02 PM