Twitter Reacts Loudly to Ben Affleck Casting in Batman/Superman Film

Fri, August 23rd, 2013 at 2:55pm PDT | Updated: August 23rd, 2013 at 3:17pm

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Albert Ching, Managing Editor

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The news that Ben Affleck will play DC Comics hero Batman in an upcoming live-action film has sparked a palpable outcry from observers, both fans and professionals alike.

Along with petitions calling for Affleck's removal -- one is currently at more than 15,000 signatures -- it's been a steady topic of discussion on Twitter since the announcement Thursday evening, with The Hollywood Reporter stating that 71 percent of the tweets on the subject in the first hour following the announcement were negative on the casting choice.

Yet the reaction isn't all bad, with comic book industry professionals like "Kick-Ass" creator Mark Millar expressing excitement over the news:

Image founder and recent DC Comics artist and writer Rob Liefeld was similarly positive:

Scott Snyder, the writer of DC's current "Batman" series, explained to a fan in a four-part tweet that he's taking something of a wait-and-see approach:

"Batman '66" writer Jeff Parker suggested historical perspective was in order:

Marvel mainstay Brian Michael Bendis offered that there might be a pragmatic reason for Affleck's decision to take on the iconic role:

Beyond comic book industry professionals, opinions came from everyone including politicians:

Comedians:

Professional wrestlers:

And veteran actors:

Yet to weigh in on Twitter is Ben Affleck himself.

Directed by Zack Snyder, the still-untitled film starring Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman is scheduled for release on July 17, 2015. More Ben Affleck-as-Batman reactions follow.


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