Well, it’s official: Ben Affleck is the new Batman. Warner Bros. has announced that Affleck will star in Zack Snyder’s as-of-yet untitled “Man of Steel” sequel, which places Affleck alongside another iconic American superhero — Superman.
The casting of the “Argo” actor-director, who is also known for bombing in movies like “Gigli” and “Daredevil,” is deeply troubling for Batman fans. Seventy-seven percent of Variety readers in this poll say Affleck was not the right choice for the role, previously played by Christian Bale, George Clooney and Michael Keaton. There’s already a Change.org petition and a White House petition seeking to oust Affleck from the role.
From the White House petition:
Batman is not pleased:
Neither is Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss:
Or most of Twitter, for that matter:
Although it would be sort of amazing if his BFF Matt Damon were cast in the film:
“Man of Steel 2″ is due out July 17, 2015.