In what could be one of the most stunning casting choices ever made in the annals of Hollywood's Comic book to film history, Warner Bros. has announced that Ben Affleck will be the next "Batman." Also this is the first time the same major actor has portrayed a different superhero from each of the "Great houses." You heard that fact here first my factoid fan boys!
You'll all remember 2003's "Daredevil," where Ben was the blind attorney by day and radar senses enhanced sightless avenger of the night and protector of "Hell's Kitchen " section of New York. The film was entertaining but wasn't quite the box office success that producers expected. The overall reception was somewhat divided amongst fans the comic book world.
In another weird twist of fate Ben also played the George Reeves version of T.V.'s 1950 Superman series for the 2006 film "Hollywood Land." To be even more caught up in a Kevin Bacon 6 degrees of separation frenzy, Ben also directed and starred in Argo, another producer of that film was one George Clooney. Another "A lister" whose turn as the protector of Gotham was less than enjoyed by a lot of comic book fans.
Warner Bros. made the announcement Thursday. Which is when Examiner started this story. Well it's a couple of days later and "Batfleck haters" have launched a web petition aimed at stopping this astounding bit of casting in hopes of scaring Warner studio Execs into changing their minds about Ben as the Dark Knight.
By the time you read this, the petition will already have over 30,000 signatures of rabid comic books fans denouncing the studio's choice on who wears the cowl of 2nd member of D.C.'s comics holy trinity.
In response to this onslaught of negative will towards this casting exercise , Joss Whedon gave his "Thumbs up" to the ideal of Batfleck. Here's his reaction on Twitter: Affleck'll crush it. He's got the chops, he's got the chin -- just needs the material. Affleck & Cavill toe to toe -- I'm in.
The studio hopes that by receiving the blessing of the super successful Avengers director that the choice will gather positive support but right now even his offerings aren't halting the tide of controversy surrounding the decision.
What did Zack Snyder, another fanboy favorite and captain/director of this summer's hugely successful reboot of the Superman franchise and the sequel causing the mayhem "Superman VS Batman," have to say about the choice?
Here's his response, "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 (Batman's alter-ego)."
Well the boss likes it and so we'll see if the voices of dissension will have any effect or will Ben be given the chance to make up for what some fans feel are past failures to do honor to characters that have thrilled us for decades.
Don't forget the power of the internet and social media. Those are the weapons used by the loyal fans have no problem in getting their P.O.V out. You decide and make your voice heard in whatever way you chose.