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Published: Thursday, Sept. 5 2013 8:39 p.m. MDT

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rvalens2
Burley, ID

"Those outraged at the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman forget that a superhero movie’s quality depends more on the writing and the direction than the actor's performance." Jim Bennett

Sorry, but I have to wholeheartedly disagree. I need only point to the success of the Iron Man franchise. Robert Downey Jr. is "Tony Stark." If the studio were to abruptly dump Robert for someone like Ben Affleck there would be rioting in the streets of Hollywood. While a decent script is important; it's Robert that has taken the franchise to the stratosphere.

Another franchise character is 007. No one ever topped Sean Connery's portrayal of the secret agent. 007 is forever etched with Sean Connery's face. No one else even comes close. It was Connery's acting that made the script and the 007 movies he appeared in successful.

Does anyone even remember George Lazenby? He's the actor that replaced Sean Connery as agent 007 in the movie "On Her Majesty's Service" (1969), after Connery left the franchise. "On Her Majesty's Service" was a dud of a movie because Lazenby was not a convincing 007.

Creaver
Sandy, UT

He's not saying the actor is irrelevant, only that a good actor can't save a badly written or directed movie.

Robert Downey is Tony Stark, yes, but Iron Man 2 was a pretty lousy movie just the same.

Creaver
Sandy, UT

Oh, and Daniel Craig is as good or better than Connery as 007.

KJB1
Eugene, OR

Plenty of hardcore Bond fans consider "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" to be the best film of the series. And while Connery made himself legendary in the role, he could certainly be bad at times; I think I'd rather go to the dentist than watch "Diamonds are Forever" again.

delasalle
Sandy, UT

"Those outraged at the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman forget that a superhero movie’s quality depends more on the writing and the direction than the actor's performance." This could be said about all types of movies and generally things in life. But that doesn't mean the actor's performance doesn't matter. Would you cast Tom Cruise or Brad Pitt or Denzel Washington (this might actually be interesting) as Batman no matter how good the writing is? Maybe but probably for all kinds of reasons including who the actor is. The actor's performance is huge and this movie has a high likelihood of being a bust as a result of their choice of the lead.

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