The glass is always half empty. This seems to be the pessimistic outlook on film adaptions for many comic book fans. With all these new and exciting films to look forward to, you'd think we superhero fans would be giddy with elation and excitement for these release dates. Sadly, as you look throughout the many articles written in anticipation for these films, the comment sections fill with thoughts of anxiety and anger at any one of many possible reasons the film could fail. Be it the cast choices or the character design, people always find something wrong. One film that has gotten attention, much of it negative, is Suicide Squad. Many fans have bashed the decisions of casting Jared Leto as Joker and the tattoos he possesses. Some aspire for a different Harley Quinn instead of Margot Robbie.
More believe that the simple atmosphere of the film is wrong even though we have only seen a few low quality pictures. It seems to me that fans strive to look for what could go wrong instead of what could go right. Sure some casting choices may seem questionable ...*cough* Ezra Miller *cough*..., but you still need to give them a chance. Although my outlook for the casting of Flash may be negative, I am willing to change my mind if I find that Miller displays a high level of commitment. In my opinion, an actor that may not look the part but strives for success with the role and delivers a superb performance is better than one that looks the part but doesn't carry the right charisma or commitment to the part. Before we comic fans judge a film, I think we must delve a bit deeper into what the actors/actresses have done in preparation for the role and really imagine them in this role. Many of us seem to see the cast choice and say if we like him or not based on passed roles. Ben Affleck being a prime example. A huge argument for those against Batfleck is his somewhat terrible performance in Daredevil. This argument may seem effective but in all reality proves nothing. The only similarities of these two characters is their dark pasts and the fact they both wear costumes and fight crimes. We have seen from pass successful films that Affleck can perform in dramatic movies. If Bruce Wayne doesn't have a dramatic life than I clearly don't know the definition of the word. Even if Affleck isn't necessarily in tune with his action hero side, he is sure to deliver with the serious scenes, a trait that Batman actors haven't performed terribly well in.
The main point I wish to relay to the superhero fandom is that sometimes an optimistic outlook can go a long way. Not only does keeping you optimism at a high keep you happy but it will influence others to keep a positive outlook as well. It would be a nice change to see the comment section filled with notes on excitement for a film instead of things that are wrong. While there may be some choices or decisions that seem obviously wrong, don't ramble on about why the film is going to be a bust based on one factor. Keep you spirits high and don't let you superhero loving ways succumb to a simple disagreement. For if you truly love comics and films, you won't let anything persuade you otherwise until you really know the movie sucks a**.