Chris Hardwick Talks BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

Amidst the strong opinions of many fans, Chris Hardwick, a comedian, television host, and comic book fan, shared his opinions regarding the amount of controversy the film has accumulated recently on Larry King Now Monday night. Check it out!

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Comedian and fellow geek was a guest on Larry King Now on Monday night, and during his time on the show he was asked about the negative reation towards the highly anticpated film, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. “The louder voices on the internet are always the negative ones,” Hardwick says. “Because anger and hate is a more powerful motivator to action than ‘oh, that sounds nice.’ If I think ‘oh, that sounds nice,’ I’m not going to go to the internet and write that.” When asked about his opinion of Ben Affleck being cast as the Dark Knight, Hardwick said “I think people forget that, before Iron Man came out and started the whole Marvel chain of events, Iron Man was not a character that was at the forefront of comics at the time,” Hardwick said, “and Robert Downey, Jr. was almost unemployable at the time. And everyone was like, ‘What? Iron Man? Are you kidding me?’ And then it came out and it was like ‘Holy crap! Iron Man! Robert Downey, Jr.!’ I love to be surprised by people, and I love to be excited by things.”
 
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CPIXLEY - 6/4/2014, 7:10 PM
Right on.
mbembet - 6/4/2014, 7:14 PM
ben affleck will kick the crap out of man of shit
Nomis - 6/4/2014, 7:18 PM
I wanted to see Ben Affleck portray Batman since DareDevil.
MrPrime - 6/4/2014, 7:19 PM
Affleck has the greatest possibly to be the best batman on screen.
SuperCat - 6/4/2014, 7:19 PM
Oh, that sounds nice. Thanks Chris!
MegaMatt - 6/4/2014, 7:19 PM
Me like Hardwick
npamusic - 6/4/2014, 7:20 PM
I like that, but there are some castings where you go ';[frick] that' but with Affleck, Esienberg, adot, ect, its a curve ball, and a throw in to wind. it could go either way.
write33 - 6/4/2014, 7:20 PM
eh, I'm getting a little tired of how dismissive people can be of negative reactions.......what, as comic fans we're supposed to say "thank you" for whatever studios create / announce? I don't either extreme is healthy and it's fun to debate and banter with fellow fans.........sometimes comic fans are spot on when something looks sketchy at first glance.....we're not always proven wrong!
Mrcool210 - 6/4/2014, 7:20 PM
YOU DA MAN CHRIS!


And nice find Blackjack
DaVinci31 - 6/4/2014, 7:21 PM


I thought you were going to serve us up some saucy news MrBlackJack.
MrBlackjack - 6/4/2014, 7:25 PM
@DaVinci Well, as someone put it earlier today, "MrBlackJack always leaves you wanting more.".
Mrcool210 - 6/4/2014, 7:27 PM
Thanks to Chris Terrio and Batfleck i am so freaking excited for this movie. Just let us see the costumes. And then when that trailer pops....oh my.
AlexanderLykins - 6/4/2014, 7:30 PM
Good press!
SniktBub - 6/4/2014, 7:32 PM
Iron Man always has been in the top 6 Marvel solo characters: Wolverine, Spider-Man, Hulk, Cap, Thor, and Iron Man. They have always been top 6 solo. All A listers. They even had whole events centered around or starring Iron Man before the movie. So stop saying he used to be a B-lister or worse
DaVinci31 - 6/4/2014, 7:41 PM
@npamusic

Yeah, for a majority of the audience, this film as it stands seems like one huge hail mary (in other words large risk) to them - because of the casting.



I think Eisenberg is going to kill it as Lex. I recently watched The Double, and I think he's got that charm aspect of Luthor down, already. The film also really showed the man's flexibility as an actor as well, to where he can be perceived as extremely vulnerable, yet boldly emotional in a span of 30 seconds.



As for Ben Affleck, he could be phenomenal; as a director he's had to work with actor's to receive their best performance. So, when you team him up with a notoriously collaborative director like Zack Snyder, I have to believe that only positive things can be produced.

As for Gal Gadot, let's just say I'm praying for that one.
McGee - 6/4/2014, 7:41 PM
Now for some sincerity.

Seeing people I respect making rational comments always brings a smile to my face. :D

Also I remember at Comic-Con last year when Zack Snyder told him to get the f*ck off stage because some shit was going down, and then Chris came back on after the announcement, hyperventilating because he had just came in his pants.
Desrow - 6/4/2014, 7:41 PM
Chris Hardwick is the man, also he loves TWD.
Kurne - 6/4/2014, 7:43 PM
@Desrow

He's contracted to like TWD until Talking Dead is cancelled.
McGee - 6/4/2014, 7:43 PM
You know what?

Let's all re-live that moment, shall we?

McGee - 6/4/2014, 7:45 PM
Here's Chris after the announcement. You gotta love him!

McGee - 6/4/2014, 7:47 PM
Chris really is one of us.

Nice find BlackJack.
MrBlackjack - 6/4/2014, 7:48 PM
@MrCool
@McGee

DTor91 - 6/4/2014, 7:50 PM
@SniktBub

So not true at all. Iron Man was a b-lister. When you talk about a-listers, you're talking about characters who are household names, not top solo characters of a given company. If going by that logic, even you can probably only count Marvel's A-listers on two hands. Before Iron Man 1 and any of the Marvel Studios, of the names you listed, Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Hulk were household names. Sure, people knew of Iron Man or Cap or Thor, but most were people who were already fans. Those names did not have a series that was well-received, they didn't push merchandise or action figures, etc. They had niche fan bases. Spider-Man, Wolverine, and Hulk however, everyone knows them. After Avengers, even characters like Black Widow and Hawkeye are reaching a-list.
Visualiza - 6/4/2014, 7:57 PM
He sounds like an apologist. Seems that he's under the mistaken impression that having a less than favorable outlook on something is somehow dubious, yet positive anticipation has a halo. Doesn't work that way.

Some ideas just don't tickle some people's fancies, and there needn't be sinister motives underneath that.

It's pretty obvious when people engage in hyperbole and shouldn't be taken seriously; we all know the type. Doesn't mean that everyone who has a contrarian opinion can't be taken seriously.
Jollem - 6/4/2014, 8:02 PM
i'm not just a member of the "on board with ben as batman from the start" club, i called him as batman months in adavance
Mrcool210 - 6/4/2014, 8:06 PM
@BlackJack



Jollem - 6/4/2014, 8:11 PM
"The louder voices on the internet are always the negative ones"

yes. usually


She should have died hereafter;
There would have been a time for such a word.
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
To the last syllable of recorded time,
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
And then is heard no more: it is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
Signifying nothing.
Comedian03 - 6/4/2014, 8:12 PM
Chris Hardwick is one of those guys that I just really can't decide if I like or not. Sometimes I see him and he seems like a funny down-to Earth nerd, and other times I watch him and he just comes off as the kind of nerd who tries way too hard to be "cool".

Watching him on @Midnight is almost unbearable for me because everytime he laughs is just seems so unbelievably fake and forced.
OpticBlastWins - 6/4/2014, 8:13 PM
Regret clicking on this one. Just realized i dont care about what this dude has to say
FirstAvenger - 6/4/2014, 8:23 PM
Alright alright alright.
SniktBub - 6/4/2014, 8:28 PM
@DTor91- I have to disagree with you. Most people knew who Iron Man was, they just didn't pay much attention to him. But if someone on the street said "Iron Man," most people could picture him. The six top characters from Marvel 10 years ago were the ones I mentioned earlier.
Spock0Clock - 6/4/2014, 8:33 PM
In 2006, Marvel Studios had zero films under their belt and a convicted felon as the star of a B-List superhero film. They had everything to prove.

In 2014, Warner Brothers is coming off of one of the most profitable and celebrated superhero franchises of all time, with one of the most celebrated actor/directors in the business playing their biggest name. They should have nothing to prove, but yet people are acting like they do.

The fact that WB is even being put into that league by defenders should say all that needs to be said.
soforizo - 6/4/2014, 8:34 PM
Chris is on the money.
Spock0Clock - 6/4/2014, 8:39 PM
Literally every piece of news on this movie has made me more concerned and less excited, with the exception of Ben Affleck being cast (I was meh to begin with, but I'm more or less positive now).

I say this as someone who always wants good movies that do well, regardless of publisher and studio, because no one benefits from movies that are shit for no reason.
Jollem - 6/4/2014, 8:47 PM


0megaDaGod - 6/4/2014, 8:54 PM
"anger and hate is a more powerful motivator to action than ‘oh, that sounds nice.’ If I think ‘oh, that sounds nice,’ I’m not going to go to the internet and write that.”

He stated that bullshit as eloquently as he possibly could. I gotta give kudos for that.

But not only is that probably the biggest cop out I will (hopefully) hear this month, it's also pretty funny when you realize that even WB knew to tell Ben Affleck not to go on the internet. That's not to say that people on the internet are a particularly rationale bunch, because people in general are not a rational bunch. What they are at the end of the day is rightfully opinionated. You cannot paint their opinion as some kind of socially motivated construct. To say that people are more vocal about things they feel negatively about as some attempt to spin the negative buzz of a film doing it's darnedest to piss people off is character seppuku. If you want to be taken seriously, then argue a point. Don't try to misrepresent arguments to the contrary - or even worse - mitigate their validity in order to save yourself from an argument you can't win
staypuffed - 6/4/2014, 8:58 PM
Jollem
That's the best Superman/Batman manip I've seen.
Jollem - 6/4/2014, 9:04 PM
yes, a lot of the time people spew anger and hate with some kind of petty agenda
DrunkenNukem - 6/4/2014, 9:05 PM
SMH..so true
Jollem - 6/4/2014, 9:07 PM
@staypuffed - yeah, i thought so to:) that was a pimp decision on zack's part to take a monochrome pic. it's like a playground for photoshopers
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