America, meet Gotham’s new protector: Ben Affleck

The "Argo" star will play the role of Batman in the "Man of Steel" sequel

Topics: Ben Affleck, Batman, Man of Steel, superman, acting, Superhero,

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:

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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.

Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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