The news that Warner Bros. cast Ben Affleck as DC Comics icon Batman has been met with a very vocal response from fans and professionals alike. Among the more radical responses are the multiple petitions which have surfaced on Change.org following the Thursday evening announcement.
Variety reports more than 30 petitions popping up overnight, some of which have been deleted from the site. One, "Warner Brothers: Remove Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne in the Superman/Batman movie," currently has more than 9,000 signatures.
The petition's case reads as follows: "His acting skill is not even close to being believable as Bruce Wayne and he won't do the role justice. He's not built, nor is he intimidating enough for the role of Batman. His portrayal of Daredevil was atrocious and he's not remotely close to an action star. Please find someone else."
Another, now-deleted petition, asked the Obama administration to "make it illegal for Ben Affleck to portray Batman (or any other superhero) on film for the next 200 years."
Such petitions may be outside of Change.org's intended purview -- examples on the site's about page include "a mother fighting bullying in her daughter's school, customers pressing banks to drop unfair fees, or citizens holding corrupt officials to account" -- but have become fairly common, including one in January calling for the cancellation of Marvel series "Avengers Arena." Typically, petitions of this nature have had little to no results.
Ben Affleck will co-star in the still-untitled film pairing Batman with "Man of Steel" star Henry Cavill's Superman. Directed by Zack Snyder, the movie is scheduled for release on July 17, 2015.