This just in! The Hollywood Reporter just posted that there is SO much negative backlash of the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman that there is a petition to DROP the actor.
Ben Affleck may be the next Batman, but there appears to be a decent sized portion of the internet that wasn’t initially enthused about the news.
In the over 96,000 tweets sent in the first hour after the casting announcement was made, 71 percent of that talk was negative, according to social-media analytics firm Fizziology. Only 15 percent of the quick takes were positive and 14 percent were deemed to be of mixed sentiment.
10 percent of the negative conversation mention Affleck’s previous turn as a superhero in 2004’s Daredevil and 3 percent referenced the actor’s infamous box office bomb, Gigli, Fizziology said.
And, as many on Twitter have noticed, there were plenty of jokes about Matt Damon, Affleck’s co-star in Good Will Hunting, being cast as Robin. “19 percent of the mixed chatter came from audiences making jokes about Matt Damon also being cast in the film,” the analytics firm found.
Batman fans who were taken aback by the decision have also, inevitably, launched a curt Change.org petition that urges Warner Bros. to “Remove Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne in the Superman/Batman movie.” That petition has gathered more than 7,000 signatures since it was started.
Zack Snyder, director of Man of Steel and the forthcoming Batman feature, had praised Affleck in a statement announcing the news. “He 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.
The Batman and Superman film is set to hit theaters on July 17, 2015.
–Hollywood Reporter, August 23, 2013
THIS is AMAZING. The power of Social Media, nerdlings. However, I doubt they’ll listen to the fans. I’m curious as hell to see how this all plays out.
But for LULZ, here are the 50 greatest tweets about Ben Affleck as Batman, blatantly stolen from the brilliant minds at io9.com. I’ll put some of my faves up, but check the link for all 50!!!
You may have heard that Warner Bros. announced Ben Affleck would take the cowl of Batman in 2015 Batman/Superman movie. The Internet, as it is wont to do, completely lost its mind. Here are more than 50 of the greatest, funniest, and angriest Twitter responses — from celebrities, comedians, and enraged nerds alike — to this earth-shaking decision.
Holy shit… BEN AFFLECK IS THE NEW BATMAN!!! http://t.co/acivqxFl0U Do you know what this means? It means that I’ve seen Batman naked!!!
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) August 23, 2013
You read for a part, you feel good about it, you feel confident, then they cast Ben Affleck.
— Richard Dreyfuss (@RichardDreyfuss) August 23, 2013
Y’all think George Clooney gave Ben Affleck tips on how to suck as Batman?
— Elizabeth Crews (@libbycrews) August 23, 2013
SERIOUSLY WHAT’S THE BEEF WITH BEN AFFLECK? He’s brilliant in Mallrats.
— Ray (@Reeeehan) August 23, 2013
Casting Ben Affleck as Batman sounds like something The Joker would do to create a distraction at the nerd bank.
— Comedy Central (@ComedyCentral) August 23, 2013
For those wondering why Ben Affleck would agree to be in this movie, I have the answer. my 10-year-old just asked: who’s Ben Affleck?
— BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (@BRIANMBENDIS) August 23, 2013
–io9.com and Twitter