A petition against the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman in the sequel to Man of Steel has fetched over 50,000 signatures online. The petition, set up on change.org, which criticized the actor for his ability to play Batman was set up by John Roden, an avid Batman fan.
His comments on the petition (Warner Brothers: Remove Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne in the Superman/Batman movie) read:
His acting skill is not even close to being believable as Bruce Wayne and he won’t do the role justice. He’s not intimidating enough for the role of Batman. Batman is someone that strikes fear in the hearts of men. His portrayal of Daredevil was atrocious and he’s not remotely close to an action star or a superhero. Please find someone else and deliver to the fans what they want.
The petition received 50,000 signatures, all in agreement that Affleck is inadequate for the role of the Cape Crusader.
Roden went on to write:
Update: 8/23/2013 3:39PM EST
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.
I would also like to denounce any petitions on any other sites bearing this title. I am not/nor was I ever affiliated with them. It came to my attention that someone used my title on whitehouse.gov and I do not support that. The U.S. government has more pressing matters to deal with such as the chemical warfare being used in Syria, rather than who was cast as Batman. This is a neutral site which is why I chose it for fans to voice their opinions.
Of course, this is just one of many petitions against the Boston born actor playing Batman. Perhaps fans will change their mind when they learn that geek hero Joss Whedon has expressed his approval for Ben Affleck as Batman.
Henry Cavill also expressed his approval about the news by saying that he is “more than excited” to work with Ben Affleck. “He is such a great actor. I’m so very excited about working with him. He is going to have such a presence. I can’t wait.”