Following the news that Ben Affleck had been cast as the next big screen iteration of the Caped Crusader for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel 2, currently referred to as Batman vs. Superman, die-hard fans along with casual filmgoers took to the water cooler, online forums, or their local morning show to express an opinion. The result? A mixed bag of rage, support, and internet memes – along with countless references to Daredevil, Gigli, The Town, and Argo.
Now that the initial tsunami has subsided and potential viewers are starting to calmly ponder Ben Affleck as Batman and Why it Could Work, we’re taking a look back at the most interesting reactions to the news – as well as the best Bat-Affleck announcement memes.
Of course the list is not all-inclusive, so once you’ve had a chance to read our picks, share your favorites in the comments.