Batman, Affleck & Miley

All this hype about Ben Affleck casted as the new Batman has been making the rounds since its release, only replaced by the Miley Cirus MTV VMA awards (All I’m going to say about the latter is that I hope no teddy bears were injured in the making of that show).

But back to Affleck. Hardcore fans have put up a fight, as usual. Can’t blame them as I think we, as readers or spectators, pretty much feel invested in those characters.

Of all the buzz, I can sum up the defense of Ben lies on three pillars:
1. He’s a competent actor.
2. He’s an above-average writer &
3. He’s the flavor of the year as a director.

All excellent points, I actually agree with all of them.

The case against him lies in bombs like Pearl Harbor, Gigly and, dare I say, Daredevil?

To me, however, the only objection I find against Affleck is the same I raised when Chris Evans was casted as Captain America: He’d already played another superhero! Since we live in the days post “An Inconvenient Truth”, I know green and recycle are the norm, but come on, couldn’t they find other actors to play the roles? Maybe Henry Cavill can recommend another great British actor to play Batman.

In my opinion, there should be a rule forbidding actors to play more than one superhero.

Some purists my plead that Robert Downey Jr. played an excellent Sherlock Holmes and Iron Man, and I wouldn’t argue, but Sherlock isn’t a superhero.

If they wanted to cast an older actor to make the role of a seasoned crime fighter against the newbie, then I would have recommended Jim Caviezel, not only is he a great actor, but he and Cavill played father and son in The Count of Monte Cristo.

However, the announcement has been made making the decision real. I trust Ben to pull an excellent job despite the bad comments against him.

August Free and Bargains

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New Release: A Dozen Shorts

A Dozen Shorts by J. H. Bográn

Quite a collection of short stories that range from pure action to blind romance. And why not, some dragon fantasy for good measure.
An eclectic collection of short stories coming from the mind of J. H. Bográn and his muses.

This collection comprises diverse characters on both sides of the law, from rougue FBI agents, to proffesional assassins, and everyday men and women facing impossible odds.

I strongly recommend popcorn and soda as companions while delving into these stories.

Early Reviews

J. H. Bográn shows more than his writing chops in these succinct yet compelling stories filled with a mix of nitty-gritty action, twisted endings, and thought-provoking topics that will stay with the reader long after finishing A Dozen Shorts.
--Loretta Giacoletto, author of A Collection of Givers and Takers

A Dozen Shorts packs the punch of a thousand boxers. Bogran's wry Fleming-esque humor sets the tone for this varied collection. Comprised of classic noir gems, high-action thrill romps, and thought-provoking grit pieces, these stories will keep readers mulling them over long after they've read them.
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