In case you’ve been stuck in a cave, last week Warner Bros. revealed that Ben Affleck will portray Bruce Wayne/Batman in the 2015 film that will star both Superman and Batman. In an age where people’s thoughts can be shared on the internet as quickly as they can click “Send”, the vitriol came swiftly and sardonically, as the entirety of social media blew up with responses. Even David Hasselhoff got in on the action. Entertainment Tonight Canada released a video of Hasselhoff reading some of the tweets written about the reveal.
Of course, no wave of internet disapproval would be complete without an online petition, and one was created at Change.org soon after the reveal. As of this article’s writing, that petition currently has well over 75,000 signatures and a link to purchase T-shirts made for the cause.
It isn’t difficult to see why many are upset with this news. Affleck, for all of his credentials, has never really built a reputation for playing intimidating characters, a trait Batman is renowned for. Furthermore, Affleck’s first and only stint as a superhero (when he played Daredevil in the eponymous 2003 film) was met with a tepid response from critics and movie goers alike.
This isn’t the first time (and likely won’t be the last) there's been such fallout about the casting of a comic book character in a movie. Remember when fans were disappointed about Heath Ledger being cast as the Joker?