Ben Affleck was revealed as the newest Batman last night (he'll play the Dark Knight in the next Superman movie, a sequel to this year's "Man of Steel," expected in 2015, the Wall Street Journal reports), and let's just say the Internet is not happy.
Twitter users bemoaned the choice; indeed, someone even started a Change.org petition begging Warner Bros. to change its mind. There's a mock "Ben Affleck Batman" Twitter account, and the Guardian reports the hashtag #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck started trending. Some of the suggestions included a member of boy band One Direction, Butt-head from MTV's "Beavis and Butt-head," and "ANYONE ELSE, with the exception of Ryan Reynolds." Here are some of our favorite Twitter reactions:
@robfee: "I fell asleep & when I woke up Ben Affleck was Batman. I'm afraid if I sleep again Paul Walker will be The Hulk & Grumpy Cat will be Thor."
@ledjessica: "What's with the Ben-Affleck-as-Batman furor? The bottom of his face fits the bill perfectly."
@LorraineELLE: "I am worried about the beard."
@LifeisSavage: "They better make sure Ben Affleck's Batman suit utility belt has some acting skills in one of the pockets."
@aliarikan: "Just told my girlfriend Ben Affleck is the new Batman. Her response: "You are 35 years old. I want you to think about what you just said."
@billyeichner: "How dare Ben Affleck ruin the integrity of a franchise where a grown man pretends he's a bat!"
@badbanana "Be thankful Ben Affleck said yes. You know James Franco was next on that list."
@GeekOutpost: "'Ben Affleck as Batman isn't a bad idea. He was great in DareDevil!' - No one."
@pattonoswalt: "'You like apples, Riddl-ah?' You can totally use that one, @BenAffleck."
Ben has been in some box office bombs, this move can only hurt the movie, not help it
I'll take a "wait and see" attitude about it.
I remember they trashed the casting of Michael Keaton as Batman, and his two turns were the best of the first four. I also look at Bale's turns as something different since he was supposed to be so young in the first two.
100% sure that it will all come down to if they have a good script and they keep Joel Schumacher 10,000,000 miles away from the set.
Not my first choice but I can live with it..
Worse choices out there...