Superman vs Batman: Ben Affleck is Batman


Former Daredevil Ben Affleck has officially been cast as Zack Snyder‘s new Batman/Bruce Wayne in the upcoming ‘Superman vs Batman‘ film.

Affleck might not be the most popular choice for the Dark Knight, but he certainly has the chin to fit the cowl and cape and his recent acting/directing won him an Academy Award in the Best Picture category for ‘Argo’.

On Affleck’s casting, director Snyder said:

“(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,” adding, “I can’t wait to work with him.”

 In an official statement from Warner Bros, President Greg Silverman proclaimed:
“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.”
However, John Roden, creator of has rallied an army of disgruntled fans to sign an online petition to remove the casting of Affleck as Batman, amassing a total of 87,182 signatures thus far. Roden posted:
His acting skill is not even close to being believable as Bruce Wayne and he won’t do the role justice. He’s not intimidating enough for the role of Batman. Batman is someone that strikes fear in the hearts of men. His portrayal of Daredevil was atrocious and he’s not remotely close to an action star or a superhero. Please find someone else and deliver to the fans what they want.
As it stands, Ben Affleck will face off against Henry Cavill‘s Superman in the Man Of Steel 2 sequel as well as several possible sequels (including the rest of the Justice League), scheduled for 2015.
Meanwhile, Affleck’s Argo co-star and Breaking Bad’s Meth Baron Bryan Cranston is reportedly set to sign a six-film deal with Warner Bros to play Kal-El’s arch-nemesis Lex Luthor. I can’t imagine anyone signing a petition against Heisenberg himself…
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