I'm sure you've all heard it by now. Ben Affleck is the new Batman.
From Variety magazine:
The actor will replace Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne in the upcoming untitled Batman-Superman feature for Warner Bros., the studio announced Thursday.
Affleck becomes the eighth actor to play the Caped Crusader, following Bale, George Clooney and Michael Keaton.
“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,” WB president Greg Silverman said in a statement.
Directed by “Man of Steel” filmmaker Zack Snyder, the Batman-Superman feature will open worldwide on July 17, 2015, with Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Diane Lane reprising their roles.
Well, with the Internet being a fickle beast and all, the news wasn't taken so well. Here's a lot of tweets decrying the decision. One pissed-off fan got serious and created a White House petition to make sure the Batcape won't be sullied by any Boston buffoonery.
Personally, I could care less. I've never been much of a superhero movie fan, save for Tim Burton's Batman in 1989... because I was 11 years old.
I can remember the casting of Michael Keaton ruffled a few dork feathers back then too. You know what? That worked out just fine. In fact, there's still a lot of Keaton fans out there who want to see him back in the Batcave.
Isn't the real problem here Bruce Wayne, and not the alter ego? As far as I can tell, anybody can don the costume (except for director Joel Schumacher's version of the costume, with the emphasis on the nipples) and wreak some havoc, but you have to have some chops to pull off Wayne. I believe Affleck will do just fine in that role as the reclusive millionaire that everybody is kinda ambivalent about.
Remember, this will be a Zack Snyder film. It's going to suck no matter who's behind the mask. Calm down, Internet.