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Elliott and the friends with whom he recorded in middle school in Texas (photo courtesy of Dan Pickering)
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:
Ben Affleck officially cast as Batman in the Man of Steel sequel. For the first time in history, I kind of want Superman to win.— The Batman (@TheBatman) August 23, 2013
Neither is Academy Award-winning actor Richard Dreyfuss:
You read for a part, you feel good about it, you feel confident, then they cast Ben Affleck.— Richard Dreyfuss (@RichardDreyfuss) August 23, 2013
Or most of Twitter, for that matter:
And Batman's like "Superman, you have x-ray vision and can fly, you're gonna make it out of here, out of Southie."— Malcolm Harris (@BigMeanInternet) August 23, 2013
Every day I come by your house and I pick you up. And we go out. And now I am Batman so fuck you Will Hunting— samir mezrahi (@samir) August 23, 2013
Look, "Tootsie" is starting on Encore right now. Can we all just take a deep breath and agree that OH MY GOD IT'S BEN AFFLECK AS TOOTSIE— Bill Barol (@billbarol) August 23, 2013
In 2015 Ben Affleck will get snubbed for best actor, then Superman/Batman will win best picture.— Steven Zeitchik (@ZeitchikLAT) August 23, 2013
*Batman voice* *Argo beard*— Matt Pearce (@mattdpearce) August 23, 2013
In the new Ben Affleck version, the Batmobile is just a beige Prius— Eliza Bayne (@ElizaBayne) August 23, 2013
Spend ten years working your way back into everyone's good graces. Win an Oscar. Then you get cast as Batman, and BAM! You're Gigli again.— Tim Carvell (@timcarvell) August 23, 2013
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.
Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.More Prachi Gupta.
Heatmiser publicity shot (L-R: Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson, Neil Gust, Elliott Smith) (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott and JJ Gonson (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
"Stray" 7-inch, Cavity Search Records (photo courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott's Hampshire College ID photo, 1987
Elliott with "Le Domino," the guitar he used on "Roman Candle" (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Full "Roman Candle" record cover (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Elliott goofing off in Portland (courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
Heatmiser (L-R: Elliott Smith, Neil Gust, Tony Lash, Brandt Peterson)(courtesy of JJ Gonson photography)
The Greenhouse Sleeve -- Cassette sleeve from Murder of Crows release, 1988, with first appearance of Condor Avenue (photo courtesy of Glynnis Fawkes)