Holy surprise casting news!
Twitter lit the Bat-Signal Thursday evening when news broke that Ben Affleck would take over the role of Bruce Wayne from Christian Bale for 2015's "Man of Steel" sequel, starring Henry Cavill.
The pick was an unexpected one, to be sure, considering the reported short list for Zack Snyder's follow-up (rumored to be titled "Batman Vs. Superman") didn't include Affleck, but actors like Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin and Joe Manganiello. (Not to mention some were holding out hope that "Dark Knight Rises" star Joseph Gordon-Levitt would return to claim the cowl.)
Reactions via social media were swift and divided, with #Batman, "Ben Affleck as Batman" and even Michael Keaton becoming worldwide trending topics. From sentimental to snarky, here's the best of the Batfleck banter.
No one seemed quite as enthused as super-geek and frequent Affleck collaborator Kevin Smith:
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
Except maybe Snooki:
Everyone hating on Ben Affleck for batman? I LOVE IT. You get it Ben. Let me get my Alias on with your wife! 💋✌— NiC0LE P0LiZZi (@snooki) August 23, 2013
Some were sad they had been passed over for the plum role:
You read for a part, you feel good about it, you feel confident, then they cast Ben Affleck.— Richard Dreyfuss (@RichardDreyfuss) August 23, 2013
I think everyone around here at Team Dax is a little shocked I wasn't offered Batman. Hillybilly Bruce Wayne=franchise reinvented— dax shepard (@daxshepard1) August 23, 2013
Others reminded us that Affleck is no stranger to his foe:
Ben Affleck's greatest enemy as Batman is... pic.twitter.com/PaLycgOU2K— Yam Laranas (@yamlaranas) August 23, 2013
(If you're wondering where that image came from, Affleck played "Adventures of Superman" star George Reeves in the 2006 drama "Hollywoodland.")
And then there was the requisite parody account:
Hi. I'm Batman.— Ben Affleck Batman (@AffleckBatman) August 23, 2013
And the memes:
And speaking of Matt Damon...
Ben Affleck as Batman, Robin Williams as Alfred, and Matt Damon as Catwoman IN Good Batman, Hunting!— Devon Bostick (@devbostick) August 23, 2013
"You like apples, Riddl-ah?" You can totally use that one, @BenAffleck.— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) August 23, 2013
And the ones that we just couldn't help but giggle over:
*Joss Whedon takes off his Warner Brothers executive disguise, speaks into wrist radio.* "It's done."— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) August 23, 2013
Outrage. How could they NOT cast a British actor as Batman? Or at least an Australian. Come on, Hollywood.— hodgman (@hodgman) August 23, 2013
.@BenAffleck Make sure your security team has a current photo of Sean Young.— Jake Fogelnest (@jakefogelnest) August 23, 2013
Who has yet to weigh in via social media? Affleck himself, whose most recent tweet as of press time was dated August 5.
"Batman Vs. Superman" is due in theaters July 17, 2015.
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