Hi. I'm Batman.— Ben Affleck Batman (@AffleckBatman) August 23, 2013
He'll be the caped crusader in the upcoming Batman-Superman crossover film, with Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Diane Lane already set to reprise their roles. Here's what WB president Greg Silverman said in a statement about the casting choice, quoted by Variety:
We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some.
Affleck, of course, has already had a chance to play a superhero, and it didn't go so well.
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But the director of the 2015 film, “Man of Steel” filmmaker Zack Snyder, is excited:
Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne.
As was inevitable with more or less any announcement that an actor is going to play Batman, fans are clearly getting a bit morose at the news:
*Joss Whedon takes off his Warner Brothers executive disguise, speaks into wrist radio.* "It's done."— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) August 23, 2013
@BarackObama So are you going to stop this Affleck thing or what— Matt Ford (@HemlockMartinis) August 23, 2013
Pitch for a rewrite of Batman/Superman: Superman pushes Earth backwards in its orbit to reverse time & prevent Ben Affleck from being Batman— Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) August 23, 2013
Really looking forward to seeing Affleck bring the depth and gravitas to Batman that he brought to Daredevil and Gigli.— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) August 23, 2013
idk whats more stressful, figuring out how im going to pay for my new apartment or finding out that ben affleck is the new batman.— Krysty Pringle (@KrystyPringle) August 23, 2013
There is now a protest hashtag:
Some have entered the bargaining stage of mourning:
If Idris Elba is made the new Bond, all will be forgiven. #batman— Jessica Valenti (@JessicaValenti) August 23, 2013
Even Twitter Batman is unhappy:
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
Meanwhile, Patton Oswalt is leading the charge among those ready and willing to undertake the duty of writing Batman lines in a Boston accent:
"You like apples, Riddl-ah?" You can totally use that one, @BenAffleck.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 23, 2013
"I'm not weah-ring hockey pants! Oh wait, I am. I so hammah-ed." You might have to pay me for that one, @BenAffleck— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 23, 2013
And it looks like Kevin Smith, who goes way back with the actor, found a reason to be excited:
Holy shit... BEN AFFLECK IS THE NEW BATMAN!!! http://t.co/acivqxFl0U Do you know what this means? It means that I've seen Batman naked!!!— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) August 23, 2013
Obviously, not everyone is upset about the casting choice. Newsarama published a piece, "Why Ben Affleck is Brilliant Casting as Batman," just hours after the news broke:
It also just so happens that Ben Affleck loves and respects comic books as a storytelling medium. He talked about his love of comics in the past, when making other movies near and dear to our preferred format. Whether he’s playing a comic book fan inChasing Amy or the titular character in Daredevil, Affleck knows what these characters and stories mean to the fans – he is one himself – and he wants to do them right.Daredevil did many things wrong, and a few important things right – and the right things were very much in Affleck’s range.
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