Batfans are acting like rabid dogs...or if you prefer, bats— snarling and snapping at the mere mention of Ben Affleck taking on the role of Batman. In fact over 77,000 fanboys signed a petition to have the actor booted from playing the Dark Knight in the planned Superman/Batman team up flick.
The other day, I called for calmer heads to prevail, asking fans to wait and see before rushing to judgement— foolish me. I can't imagine their reaction to the news that Affleck has signed a deal to star as Batman in several movies and even direct the planned Justice League movie— hey don't shoot the messenger here, I'm just reporting what the Hollywood Reporter has posted on their site today.
Despite the lack of support from fans, Affleck has garnered some support from Marvel's Avengers director Joss Whedon, who before the Avengers was developing a Wonder Woman movie until it was shelved, Tweeted that "Affleck'll crush it!"
Actor Morgan Freeman also weighed in stating that he was surprised that another Batman movie was in the works so soon, but wished Affleck "the best of luck". As for whether Freeman will be back as Lucius Fox, the actor said that he "doubted it".
It's clear that WB has a lot of confidence in Affleck, signing him to a multi-picture deal so quickly. As I stated before, I think we all should wait and see. Affleck may just surprise us all.
What do you think? We'd like to know.