BREAKING: Sources say, “LOL JK.”
In a previous editorial, I wrote a bit about a Hollywood Reporter “insider” that suggested that Ben Affleck would be “ushered” out of the DC films and not even be in the upcoming The Batman. However, at Comic-Con, Affleck dismissed the rumors.
The problem here is all of the articles that assumed that the rumor was a fact. Taking rumors and turning them into click-bait titles and articles like “Report: Ben Affleck out as Batman.” Is just unfair to readers. I get that it helps to bring people in during a time when many don’t read articles as much and it can work as a joke (like the “You’re Fired” thumbnail I used), but don’t we as readers at least deserve a question mark? For example, the headline for this Newsweek article assumes that Ben Affleck will leave and asks,
IS BEN AFFLECK QUITTING BATMAN OR BEING PUSHED OUT? (Newsweek)
To be fair, the article does address that it is a rumor, but the headline says something very different. It assumes that he is leaving to bring in readers. It’s just frustrating… We are at a point where we can’t know for sure until the studio makes an announcement. I sort of miss the days when you would find out about reshoots and behind the scenes stuff after a film comes out, not before. Using headlines like this will only help to transform a rumor into a belief in readers’ minds. That’s why we see so many of these.
Another example of contradicting information is a source from Variety claiming that Joss Wheadon will not get co-director credit (Variety), while the UK YouTube page for the Justice League trailer seems to contradict this according to a screenshot from Batman-News.com. I’m not saying one is right and one is wrong, I just feel like everyone needs to tone it down on all of the “insider tips.” Everyone likes a little gossip and speculation now and then, but does there have to be so much?
I really want articles to stop playing with our emotions and try to get things right more often than writing a tantalizing headline. I don’t want to bash any of these websites, I just feel frustrated that this keeps happening. I thought this would be a good place to share my thoughts on the matter. While we wait for these films to release, it’s probably a good idea to have the mentality of, “not true until proven otherwise.” Otherwise, you will undoubtedly find yourself believing something that will turn out to be false. What do you make of all the click-bait and false rumors? Does it not bother you? Or, are you kind of sick of it? Comment below and let me know.