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
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)

(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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