I know we are supposed to be on hiatus, but then the Internet lit up like a Christmas tree … on fire … doused with gasoline … when news broke that Ben Affleck will play Batman in the Man of Steel sequel. Judging from Twitter and Facebook, many, many fanfolk are not feeling this idea. Like, at all. I haven’t seen this kind of social media meltdown since the 2012 Presidential debates.
Check out some of the best tweets. (By the way, the person who dreamed up the #BatFleck hashtag is a genius.)
In the Ben Affleck version, Batman's parents kill themselves.—
Chase Mitchell (@ChaseMit) August 23, 2013
BEN AFFLECK IS NAWT THE DAHK KNIGHT GAWTHAM WANTS, HE’S THE DAHK KNIGHT THAT’S GONNA LEAVE THIS WHOLE FACKIN TOWN IN HIS REAHVIEW!—
Vince Mancini (@Filmdrunk) August 23, 2013
Ben Affleck officially cast as Batman in the Man of Steel sequel. For the first time in history, I kind of want Superman to win.—
The Batman (@TheBatman) August 23, 2013
It’s an understatement to say that people are passionate about Bats, so just about any actor would have been a magnet for scrutiny and criticism. But man, you’d think Affleck slashed people’s tires and kicked a baby seal. As someone who’s a tad burned out on the Dark Knight in film, I’m neither thrilled nor ready to take up a torch and pitchfork. I’ve said before that Jon Hamm, who is about the same age as Affleck, would be perfect. However, Affleck might do a perfectly good job.
Maybe there’s a silent majority out there that is similarly neutral or, dare we say it, even happy about this development. What’s your take? Is Ben Affleck the worst choice this side of George Clooney, or does he deserve a chance to occupy the Batcave?