Ben Affleck as Batman? Opinions are mixed

The announcement that Ben Affleck (right) will play Batman in the sequel to the Superman movie “Man of Steel” nearly broke the Internet. Some fans of the popular film franchise love the choice while others, well, not so much. Affleck had seemed in recent years to be leaving acting behind to focus on directing — and then “Argo” won the Oscar for best picture, leaving us to wonder if we’d seen the last of Ben on the big screen. Clearly not. Affleck will be playing Batman opposite British actor Henry Cavill, who’ll reprise his role as Clark Kent in the Superman sequel. “You read for a part, you feel good about it, you feel confident, and then they cast Ben Affleck,” tweeted Oscar winner Richard Dreyfuss after learning, along with the rest of us, that Ben will be at the wheel of the Batmobile when it hits the road again. “The person most disappointed by the Ben Affleck news is Matt Damon, as he is now legally required to play Robin,” tweeted another wag. Kidding aside, the naming of a new Batman is big news in some (nerdy) circles. Is Affleck the right guy to follow in the shadowy footsteps of Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, and Christian Bale? Not according to John Roden, a Batman fan from Kentucky who started a petition on calling on Warner Bros. to drop Affleck. “His acting skill is not even close to being believable as Bruce Wayne and he won’t do the role justice,” wrote Roden. “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.” (By Friday afternoon, the petition had been signed by 4,000 people.) We disagree. Affleck has made a few missteps in his career — “Pearl Harbor” and “Gigli” come immediately to mind — but he’s done good work, too, including playing George Reeves — the actor who played Superman — in the underrated 2006 film, “Hollywoodland.”

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