Matt Damon and Ben Affleck reuniting for film based on Ed Brubaker Vertigo comic Sleeper. The two best friends and Academy Award-winning script-writing partners are joining forces as producers for first time in fifteen years in order to bring to the big screen the comic book Sleeper.
Good Will Hunting (1997) established the two actors as promising film-making talents of the highest order bringing them the highest recognition possible. Now, more than a decade later the two Hollywood stars have decided, quite in tone with the present cinematic trend, to make a comic book film. It is a curious decision for both of them because neither has had spectacular experience with fantasy material or at least not until recently.
Matt Damon starred in Neil Blomkamp’s Elysium and Ben Affleck has infamously been cast as the next Batman, while having already played the superhero Daredevil. Taking into consideration the latest film-making choices of both actors, it is not a surprise that they have decided to produce a film based on this comic book character. The comic mixes elements of detective realism and science fiction, so there is quite a decent possibility that we witness a mix of clever writing and spectacular visuals in this new production.
We are yet to be assured of Ben Affleck’s abilities in the superhero genre. The reception of his Daredevil role is still legendarily mixed, not to mention the initially negative response he received from fans simply for the news of him portraying Batman. The Affleck-Damon comic book adaptation will arrive after the Man of Steel sequel so the answer will remain completely unclear until then at least.
There are two big roles in the film that are left to be filled, according to the official news. Nothing has been confirmed so both the hype and fan hopes remain reasonably and properly big.
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