Die-hard Batman fans have made it quite clear that Ben Affleck isn’t their first choice to play the iconic superhero. In fact, over 80,000 fans have signed a petition at Change.org, demanding that the Academy Award winner be ousted from the “Man of Steel” sequel set to feature the Dark Knight.
Agitated fans have created a long list of reasons why Affleck won’t cut it as the comic book star. The originator of the petition, John Roden, claims, “He’s not intimidating enough for the role of Batman.” Another petition signer says, “He can’t carry a movie on his own and is certainly no superhero.”
The plea to remove Affleck also points to his lackluster portrayal of the superhero Daredevil in 2003.
John Roden clarified that the petition is not mean to be malicious. He writes, “I would like to add that this petition was not meant in any way to harm Ben Affleck or his career. I respect Affleck’s work, I just feel he is inappropriate for the role.”
Other fans have gone to similar lengths to have the 41-year-old actor booted from the Warner Brothers film. A petition was started on We the People, the White House’s official petition website. The site has since pulled the petition for violating terms and conditions.
Afflek hasn’t responded to angered fans, but fellow celebrities have come to the defense of the superhero to be. Ex-Batman stars Adam West and Val Kilmer shared shared their sentiments and words of encouragement via Twitter.
Longtime friend Matt Damon told the Times of India, “If anybody saw “Argo” or “The Town”, and all the work he’s been doing lately, it’s way more nuanced and interesting and way more difficult than Batman,” He continues, “Batman just sits there with his cowl over his head and whispers in a kinda gruff voice at people. Bruce Wayne is the more challenging part of the role, and Ben will be great at that.”
The anticipated film is expected to be released in 2015. There is no word yet as to whether the intense social media backlash or the burgeoning petition to recast the role has led Warner Brothers to second guess its decision.