Mea culpa. Mea culpa. Mea maxima culpa.
And no, I’m not apologizing for missing another posting date. Although I did and I am sorry. I wish I could make an excuse like I’m a Time Lord who finds the concept of linear calendars and keeping dates unnatural and abhorrent. I mean, the Doctor keeps forcing Amy Pond to be the Girl Who Waited, and I…
Nope, sorry, got off on a tangent there. Back to my apology.
I recently engaged in some not-Christian geeky behavior and I feel the need to bare my soul and confess my sins. And since I can’t reach the person I wronged directly, I figured I’d do it on this blog. So here goes.
Ben Affleck, I’m sorry.
Let me back up a little. My brother-in-law always goes to ComicCon every year. When he does, we’ll occasionally get phone calls from him when he learns new information about something geeky. So when it was announced that the second Avengers movie was going to be “The Age of Ultron,” he called us immediately to share the news. The same thing happened when they announced that the Man of Steel sequel was going to have Batman in it as well.
When I heard that news, I was stoked. Batman is by far my favorite superhero. The idea of him showing up with Superman on the big screen would be fantastic. But naturally, that raised the question: who would don the cape and cowl?
Speculating ran wild for weeks. And then, the announcement was made. It was going to be Ben Affleck.
And then the Internet exploded in a maelstrom of unrestrained nerd-rage.
Ben Affleck? You mean the guy who starred in that cinematic abomination, Daredevil? That Ben Affleck? Whose dumb idea was that? rage rage rage, grumble grumble grumble
I got caught up in it too. When I saw the news, I posted it to my Facebook wall with the comment, “Really? REALLY?!?! … really?” I even attempted to poke a little fun at the news on my author page. I had this sinking feeling that this casting decision was going to scuttle not only what could have been a fantastic movie, but any possibility of a Justice League movie too.
But then some friends reminded me that Ben Affleck has starred in and directed some pretty good movies lately, meaning that he’s grown since he last portrayed a superhero. They also reminded me that the geek world experienced a similar explosion when Heath Ledger was cast as the Joker, and look at how well that turned out. One friend asked a valid question: “How can you judge a movie that hasn’t even had one frame shot yet?”
And I bristled at the correction because, well, DAREDEVIL! It’s Ben Affleck, for crying out loud!
And yet, this morning, as I thought about it, I realized how uncharitable I was being. And, dare I say it, perhaps un-Christian as well? I was led into some deep theological consideration (well, maybe not that deep. We’re talking a superhero movie here), and it made me ask the titular question.
Can geeks be good Christians? Or do our natural tendencies make it difficult?
Over the next few weeks, I’ll be examining that question from a few different angles. For now, let me ask you: what was your reaction to the Ben Affleck casting news?