Ben Affleck as Batman? Angry fans demand new hero
'Argo' director's casting as caped crusader unleashes torrent of protest on social media
BEN AFFLECK has plenty of kudos in Hollywood after winning a best-picture Oscar for Argo. But it seems the 41-year-old actor/director has his work cut out convincing comic book fans he's the right man to play Batman.
The news that Affleck will squeeze into the Bat outfit to play the tortured Gotham City superhero in a sequel to the Superman flick Man of Steel got a decidedly mixed reaction from fans.
"Really looking forward to seeing Affleck bring the depth and gravitas to Batman that he brought to Daredevil and Gigli," tweeted one user referring to two notorious box office flops.
Affleck will star opposite Henry Cavill, whose debut performance as Superman was widely acclaimed. The new film, which has yet to acquire an official title, will be directed by Zack Snyder and feature Amy Adams as Lois Lane.
Snyder said Affleck's caped crusader would provide an "interesting counter-balance" to Cavill's Superman.
"He [Affleck] 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," said Snyder. "I can't wait to work with him."
@TonyParsonsUK Batman and Superman in the same film? It feels wrong and Daredevil was terrible.
— Andrew Bird (@andybird40) August 23, 2013
Snyder's enthusiasm was not shared by a significant percentage of fans posting comments on social media. Affleck may be riding high on the back of Argo, but his turn as an "acrobatic martial arts superhero" in the 2003 movie Daredevil continues to haunt him.
"Sad," wrote one fan on Twitter. "Affleck [has] already ruined one superhero's rep. Who green lit him to ruin Batman? The world's a twisted place."
The thing is, Batman is inherently a serious and grounded character, so Ben Affleck's too silly a choice to play him. http://t.co/vkl4IdwmBB
— Seb Patrick (@sebpatrick) August 23, 2013
A petition has been started at Change.org demanding Warner Bros reverse their decision to hire Affleck. Social media users were also forthcoming with suggestions of actors better suited to play the role last performed by Christian Bale, The Guardian reports. The hashtag BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck began trending shortly after the casting was announced with suggestions including One Direction's Liam Payne, Michael Jackson and Nicolas Cage.
Production of the new film is expected to begin next year, with Warner Bros hoping for a release on 17 July, 2015. ·