After it was first announced that Ben Affleck would be our next Batman, the armchair critics all started weighing in. I managed to avoid a lot of the initial banter about that, but as more decisions have been revealed it seems like we have all been compelled to add our two cents in one way one way or another. Personally, I have remained fairly critical of the choices I have seen so far, but this one is beginning to renew my faith:
Of course, I admit to a bit of a personal bias here, being a big fan of Game of Thrones. In fact, my first posting for Moviepilot was in defense of the show.
As I have been more and more inclined to respond to the various debates about who will or will not be good in which roles and why, I have also noticed a sharp rise in one type of comment on the subject. As the title indicates, these are people who argue that we can't know the future so we should just wait until the movie comes out and judge it after the fact. This is usually in reply to critics of the casting choices, but occasionally I see it used to defend the other side as well.
To those good-natured, well-meaning people, I have two things to say: first, you are absolutely right; none of us has a special crystal ball that can give us that sort of foreknowledge. The second thing I have to say is that this completely misses the point.
You see, we (most of us, I think) already know that our predictions might be wrong. We can't know the future, but we have decided that we don't want to wait. We want to engage in conversation about it now. So how can we do that without knowing all the facts yet? That is called, "speculation."
Now, there may be some wisdom in avoiding too much speculation, but we are talking about a fictional movie, not global thermo-nuclear war. I think we have some pretty broad license to speculate in this area without fear of disastrous repercussions.
If anyone out there doesn't want to speculate, they don't have to, but that is what the rest of us are doing. That is the game we are playing here. The "wait and see" comments, however technically correct they may be, are just out of place in the conversation that the rest of us are having. We are playing a tennis match, and there are increasing numbers of people on the sidelines shouting "Fore!"
Nobody is demanding that people without opinions participate in the conversation, on this or any other movie-related matter. I understand that there are people who will not engage in that kind of speculation. I even respect that. What I do not understand is why a growing number of them are reading and commenting on articles that are specifically about exactly that. If they don't like it, that's fine. I only ask that they leave it for those of us who do.
There's nothing wrong with that, they are just playing a different game than we are. I absolutely encourage them to find a nice, tranquil golf course where they can bide their time until 2016. No hard feelings, just please leave the rest of us alone so we can enjoy our tennis match.