Q&A: Ben Affleck’s Batman; Notre Dame’s QB Situation


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In last year’s comedy Neighbors, Seth Rogen asks Zach Efron who he sees as Batman. Efron says Christian Bale, Rogen argues it’s Michael Keaton.

It’s funny, because both are great actors. Bale in particular has done some of my favorite work, like Patrick Bateman. Each brought elements to Batman that I enjoyed. However, Keaton’s Bruce Wayne is not how I envision Bruce Wayne; Bale is aces as Wayne.

But Bale’s growly voice as Batman is startling. Keaton in the cowl is more convincing.

I can’t say either is my favorite Batman, and I won’t even mention Val Kilmer or George Clooney. No, the bar for Batman was set by Kevin Conroy.

Incidentally, Ricardo Montelbon’s Bane from the above clip is far superior to Tom Hardy’s.

The actor who can bring the same presence Kevin Conroy’s voice-overs gave to both the Dark Knight and Bruce Wayne is how will be my answer when someone reenacts the Neighbors scene with me. And I truly believe Ben Affleck’s Batman will do it.

There’s no way I could have envisioned saying such a thing back in 2004, when Affleck was fresh off an awful turn in Daredevil. Around that same time, he was also in the abomination that is Gigli, following it up with Jersey Girl.

However, people mature a lot in a decade-plus, both personally and professionally. Affleck was outstanding in Gone Girl, and while I didn’t like Argo, he nailed his own role.

Going back to Jersey Girl, I’m just glad Kevin Smith will in no way be attached to this project — Jennifer Gardner will see to that. When I wrote above that people mature, Kevin Smith’s movies are the exception. I can just imagine his interpretation of Ben Affleck’s Batman going something like this:

Hey, you f***ing need to play Batman more f***ing like Adam f***ing West, man. That cat f***ing got Batman and sh*t. Also, let’s change Batman’s f***ing costume to a hockey jersey and oversized jorts. And he should have a scene f***ing smoking a joint with that cat Robin. They have 26 minutes of dialogue about the size of Bane’s f***ing unit and sh*t.

Sorry, I forgot this is supposed to be a college football Q&A. Let’s see what else we’ve got.

Oh, wow. This isn’t college football, but it does make it two consecutive weeks with a Chicago Cubs reference in Q&A. I should probably note that the above comes from a St. Louis Cardinals fan, so it’s apparent I’m being trolled.

But hey, when Cardinals fans troll, they do so with class and an appreciation for the history of the game!

Alright, while I do like Will Ferrell’s length for defensive purposes, the Cubs will be just fine with Anthony Rizzo at first. His batting average jumped to .286 last season, but much more impressive was his OPS of .913. With more protection around him in the batting order, I’m looking forward to Rizzo having a monster 2015.

As for Ferrell, he’d make a great base coach.

Though I’ll never forgive him for indirectly cursing us with Ryan Dempster’s version of his impression of Harry Caray.

Ah, now here we’ve got some college football talk. This is a juicy question, too.

I was covering the Notre Dame game in which Everett Golson was benched live. It was my birthday, as a matter of fact, Nov. 29 in an unseasonably warm day in Los Angeles.

While Golson was not responsible for the Notre Dame defense’s complete inability to defend USC — specifically Cody Kessler, who accounted for six touchdowns — the Fighting Irish offense was out of sorts with Golson behind center.

Malik Zaire injected life into the Irish for stretches that afternoon, and certainly again in Notre Dame’s Music City Bowl win over LSU. However, I don’t necessarily think Golson’s benching at USC nor Zaire’s play in the bowl game are enough to guarantee Zaire the starting job in 2015.

I look at the bowl game somewhat like a recently called-up pitcher. Batters might struggle with him initially, but only because they’re unfamiliar with his repertoire. That’s not to say Malik Zaire won’t succeed as a full-time start, of course. But LSU went in with very little meaningful film on him with which to prep.

Golson was outstanding at times in 2014. The most impressive element of his game in September and October was his improved passing. He regressed in November, throwing numerous interceptions. I suspect he was victim to a snowball effect, when one just mentally piled onto the next for him.

Conversely, Zaire’s passing opportunities in the Music City Bowl were limited. He completed a healthy 12-of-15, but threw very short routes; his long was 21 yards, and he totaled at 96.

The story of this quarterback competition is how much Everett Golson has improved in his ability to shake off misfires, or if Malik Zaire has found a more effective long ball.

Eh, not football but it *is* March. Plus, I wrote a little something on Arizona’s road to the Final Four just this week.

Offensive droughts were the single biggest problem facing Arizona for the first few years of Sean Miller’s tenure, including last year; especially last year. That’s ironic, given the Lute Olson era was characterized by high-flying offense with holes on defense.

Arizona seems to have figured it out enough offensively to no longer suffer from the 4-to-6-minute droughts that vexed past Wildcat teams. To wit, Arizona has gone for more than 70 points in eight of its 10 games since January ended.

While none of the Wildcats’ five starters are particularly great 3-point shooters, reserves Elliott Pitts and Gabe York are both dangerous from deep, each hitting better than 38 percent from behind the arc.