What could be a worse kick to the boingloings than to have caught part of "Gone Baby Gone" on the USA Network on Friday and then wake up to Saturday's news that Ben Affleck may not be directing the Justice League movie after all? Settling in for even the freaking silliness of every freaking bad word being freaking replaced on the USA Network version of "Gone Baby Gone" and reveling in Affleck's freaking perfect handling of the Kantian meditation on universal ethics is enough to get you excited about what he could do with the multiple layers of philosophical thought that could potentially drive a film about Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and The Flash.
And then, as if Joss Whedon himself were manipulating the strings of the marionette, you flop down to the surface in a fetal position and cry over the thought that Affleck won't be the driving force. I'm not saying that Ben Affleck is the greatest philosophical film director of our time, but he's almost certainly better than his replacement will be. And, yes, I am saying that with "Gone Baby Gone" Ben Affleck proved himself capable more than Joss Whedon of plunging into the metaphysical driving forces at work in the world of superheroes teaming up for the good of democratic ideals.
Actually, Whedon had proven himself more than capable of such a thing. If one were to judge only by an episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" featuring those silent Gentlemen gliding effortlessly along the ground, one would have imagined that "The Avengers" could at least have achieved one-tenth the philosophical heights of that episode. One would be wrong. Joss Whedon has proven with Buffy and other television shows that he knows his stuff when it comes to philosophy, but you sure would not be able to guess from the utter lack of any depth to be found in "The Avengers."
So, perhaps, while news that Ben Affleck won't be handling the movie about the Justice League movie is a moment for sadness at what might have been it may also unwittingly become a moment of celebration for what could be.
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