Internet Loses It Over Ben Affleck as Batman

He wasn't exactly Twitter's first choice

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 23, 2013 7:44 AM CDT | Updated Aug 23, 2013 10:58 AM CDT

(Newser) – Ben Affleck was revealed as the newest Batman last night (he'll play the Dark Knight in the next Superman movie, a sequel to this year's Man of Steel expected in 2015, the Wall Street Journal reports), and let's just say the Internet is not happy. Twitter users bemoaned the choice; indeed, someone even started a Change.org petition begging Warner Bros. to change its mind. There's a mock "Ben Affleck Batman" Twitter account and, the Guardian reports, the hashtag #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck started trending; some of the suggestions included a member of boy band One Direction, Butt-head from MTV's Beavis and Butt-head, and "ANYONE ELSE, with the exception of Ryan Reynolds." Some of our favorite Twitter reactions:

  • @robfee: "I fell asleep & when I woke up Ben Affleck was Batman. I’m afraid if I sleep again Paul Walker will be The Hulk & Grumpy Cat will be Thor."
  • @MIKEBLACKATTACK: "You'd think having your parents murdered before your eyes would be the worst thing that could happen to Batman."
  • @ledjessica: "What's with the Ben-Affleck-as-Batman furor? The bottom of his face fits the bill perfectly."
  • @LorraineELLE: "I am worried about the beard."
  • @LifeisSavage: "They better make sure Ben Affleck's Batman suit utility belt has some acting skills in one of the pockets."
  • @aliarikan: "Just told my girlfriend Ben Affleck is the new Batman. Her response: "You are 35 years old. I want you to think about what you just said."
  • @billyeichner: "How dare Ben Affleck ruin the integrity of a franchise where a grown man pretends he's a bat!"
  • @badbanana: "Be thankful Ben Affleck said yes. You know James Franco was next on that list."
  • @GeekOutpost: "'Ben Affleck as Batman isn’t a bad idea. He was great in DareDevil!' - No one."
  • @pattonoswalt: "'You like apples, Riddl-ah?' You can totally use that one, @BenAffleck."
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Ben Affleck arrives at the premiere of To the Wonder hosted by FIJI Water on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 in Los Angeles.
Ben Affleck arrives at the premiere of "To the Wonder" hosted by FIJI Water on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision for Fiji Water/AP Images)
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