Ben Affleck as Batman: Best Reactions & Internet Memes

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Ben Affleck as Batman: Best Reactions & Memes

Ben Affleck Batman Memes 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.

The Best (and Worst) of Twitter

Ben Affleck Duck In the minutes, hours, and days after the announcement, Twitter kept abuzz with one witty (and/or sarcastic) dose of insight after another. Everyone from Richard Dreyfuss, Comedy Central, Kevin Smith, and The Batman, himself, among countless others, all chimed in with witty responses - representing the broad, and equally divisive, range of opinions that made Ben Affleck a trending topic on Twitter for three days. Richard Dreyfuss: "You read for a part, you feel good about it, you feel confident, then they cast Ben Affleck." Comedy Central: "Casting Ben Affleck as Batman sounds like something The Joker would do to create a distraction at the nerd bank." Kevin Smith: "Holy shit... Ben Affleck is the new Batman!!! Do you know what this means? It means that I've seen Batman naked!!!" The Batman: "Ben Affleck officially cast as Batman in the Man of Steel sequel. For the first time in history, I kind of want Superman to win." Image courtesy of Twitter user @BuckeyeEmpire - HERE.

Patton Oswalt: 'Take a Deep Breath'

Ben Affleck as Daredevil In a whirlwind of divisive opinions, actor/comedian Patton Oswalt  posted a sobering response to his public Facebook page - imploring Batfans to take a deep breath. Instead of lecturing at length about the actual casting (though we wouldn't mind if he worked Affleck into his next Parks and Recreation filibuster), Oswalt spent the majority of his post discussing why Affleck's film failures and time in the paparazzi spotlight have paved the way for a more promising career - as an actor, filmmaker, and (now) Batman that people can actually take seriously. Patton Oswalt: "A Batman portrayed by someone who's tasted humiliation and a reversal of all personal valences - kind of like Grant Morrison's "Zen warrior" version of Batman, post-Arkham Asylum, who was, in the words of Superman 'the most dangerous man on the planet'? Think for a second and admit that Ben Affleck is closer to that top-shelf iteration of The Dark Knight than pretty much anyone in Hollywood right now." Read Patton Oswalt's entire reaction post on Facebook - HERE.

Where Were You...?

Where Were You When Ben Affleck Happened The Ben Affleck/Batman announcement didn't just effect the hardcore comic book faithful. For a few days it seemed as though everyone was discussing the news - and, in some (less-informed) cases, wondering why Christian Bale would not be returning to don the cape and cowl. The UCB Comedy YouTube Channel captured the post-Ben Affleck is Batman atmosphere in their video "Where Were You When Bat Affleck Happened?" - asserting that, in a way, the casting reveal was a good things because, if nothing else, it brought everyone together: UCB Comedy: My next door neighbor, Tina, came over [...] They just wanted to know how I was [...] It felt good to be united with people because of how they were feeling [...] You really saw human compassion on that day [...] I purposed to my girlfriend that night because, cuz life's too short, you know [...] There's this way that we all felt like, we all knew we were American [...] We will endure this. Ben Affleck movies will come and go. You can watch the "Where Were You?" UCB Comedy video - HERE.

Petition to Remove Ben Affleck as Batman

Ben Affleck Batman Online Petition Another example of bringing individuals together, John Roden posted an online petition calling for the removal of Ben Affleck in the Batman vs. Superman movie. While online petitions rarely make a dramatic impact on movie studio decisions, the Change.Org posting has created an organized place for fans to voice their collective disappointment. At the time of this writing, Roden's petition, "Warner Brothers: Remove Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne in the Superman/Batman Movie," has received over 87,000 signatures and continues to bring in new supporters. Josh Roden: "[Affleck's] 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." Sign Josh Roden's petition "Warner Brothers: Remove Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne in the Superman/Batman Movie" - HERE.

Former Batmen Offer Support & Advice

Christian Bale Batman Ben Affleck Arguably, the most supportive notes that a new (and controversial) Batman actor could receive would be from former (and beloved) Caped Crusaders - since they've already dealt with the heat of popular opinion (and the actual Batsuit). Select few actors have donned the dual-role of Batman and Bruce Wayne (not to mention a hot and heavy Batsuit) for a live-action production. While Christian Bale and George Clooney have yet to weigh-in (Robert Lowrey as well as Lewis G. Wilson are deceased), fan-favorites Adam West, Michael Keaton, and Val Kilmer offered their thoughts (and advice) for the latest Dark Knight: Michael Keaton: "He's been getting a lot of Af-flack but he's going to be great." Val Kilmer: "Give Ben a chance!" Adam West: "Remember Ben, with the cape and cowl comes great responsibility (and lots of heat). Bring deodorant." Christian Bale image courtesy of Reddit user TVGrim02 - HERE.

Joss Whedon: 'He's Got the Chin'

Ben Affleck Batman Marvel Studios Meme A lot of frustrated Batfans have been passing around a meme depicting Marvel Studios executives laughing-off the Ben Affleck casting reports. However, within hours of the announcement, Joss Whedon, one of the biggest comic book enthusiasts on the planet - and the only man who has successfully built a shared cinematic superhero universe - offered his excitement and confidence in Warner Bros.' new Caped Crusader. According to The Avengers director, who secured $1.5 billion at the box office for Marvel Studios, the big question mark isn't Affleck (or his super-friend Henry Cavill), it's getting the story material right. Whedon, who is already hard at work preparing for The Avengers: Age of Ultron, even marked Affleck's controversial "Butt Chin" down as a plus. As a result, if Marvel is laughing, Whedon isn't joining in. Joss Whedon: "Affleck'll crush it. He's got the chops, he's got the chin -- just needs the material. Affleck & Cavill toe to toe -- I'm in." Marvel Studios meme courtesy of iklegemma - HERE.

Matt Damon: 'I Won’t be Robin'

Ben Affleck Batman Matt Damon Robin Despite carving out a pair of successful careers without recent overlap, the Internet responded to Ben Affleck's casting with a plethora of memes about the actor's equally famous BFF - frequently teasing the prospect of Matt Damon playing Robin. In response, Damon both reassured fans that he has no plans to don a yellow cape and black mask as the Boy Wonder while also advocating for Affleck. The actor emphasized that Batman is the easier part, and that Affleck has the necessary talent to bring a nuanced version of Bruce Wayne to the big screen. Matt Damon: “I am a little older than Ben. I never saw Robin as older than Batman [...] But it’s safe to say I won’t be Robin [...] I think [Ben] will be great. It will be terrific. I know there are a lot of people grousing on the Internet [...] 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.” Read Matt Damon's full comments on Ben Affleck and Robin - HERE. Image courtesy of Twitter user @NotBillWalton - HERE.

Fan Art: Ben Affleck as Batman

Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight Easily one of the most-heard criticisms after the Warner Bros. announcement went something like this: "I like Ben Affleck and he was great in The Town and Argo but I just don't picture him playing Batman." It was a fair way to express skepticism without undercutting the actor's growing list of quality acting and directing work. That is, until fans started playing around in Photoshop and creating quality (and some admittedly funny) images and memes that gave viewers a taste of how bad-ass (and terrifying) Affleck could look suited up as Batman - making it a little easier to picture the writer/director/actor in the Batsuit. A number of artists took to their digital software of choice to mash-up Ben Affleck with Batman but here are two of our favorites: "Batman - Ben Affleck" (the featured image to the left) came courtesy of DeviantArt user alemarques21. Check out an updated version - HERE. "Ben Affleck as Batman" (using the Daredevil poster) was created by Screen Rant reader Nicholas James Reardon. Check out the image in our Geek Picks post - HERE.

Fan-Made 'Batman vs. Superman' Trailer

Batman Superman Movie Fan Trailer Ben Affleck The only thing better than pictures of Ben Affleck as Batman is motion pictures of Ben Affleck as Batman. Plenty of actors would look fine covered head-to-toe in black Wayne Tech bat-armor, with only a chin, mouth, and set of eyes exposed, but could those actors nail the dual role of Bruce Wayne/Batman? YouTube user solyentbrak1 gave still skeptical Dark Knight enthusiasts another reason to be optimistic about the scarred but charming iteration of the billionaire playboy and his Caped Crusader alter ego we'll be seeing in Batman vs. Superman - with a fan-made Man of Steel 2 trailer cobbled together using footage from Man of Steel, Breaking Bad, State of Play, Daredevil, and The Dark Knight, along with several others. While the unofficial teaser features Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor, a potential casting option that has not been made official yet (we've still got ideas for other actors), the assembled footage shows how the dynamic between Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill can work - as well as reminds viewers that Affleck isn't new to dark and gritty characters with a complicated personal code. You can watch solyentbrak1's fan-made Man of Steel 2 trailer - HERE.

Ben Affleck on Militant Movie Buffs

Ben Affleck Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Surprisingly, one of the most insightful reactions to the recent Batman casting news came from Affleck himself. However, Affleck's comment wasn't from an official post-announcement interview or studio press release (in fact, he has yet to speak publicly about the role), the sound bite came from the film Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back - released a full twelve years before Man of Steel 2 was announced. In the clip, Holden McNeil (played by Affleck) offers Jay and Silent Bob a lesson on Internet criticism - a lesson with fitting insight into blowback the actor is currently facing: Holden McNeil: "The Internet is a communications tool used the world over where people can come together to bitch about movies and share pornography with one another [...] This is a site populated by militant movie buffs: sad, pathetic, little bastards living in their parents' basement, downloading scripts and what they think is inside information about movies and actors they claim to despise yet can't stop discussing." Watch Ben Affleck breakdown Internet movie hysteria in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back - HERE.

Conclusion & Honorable Mention

Peter Dinklage as Batman We still have two years before Ben Affleck appears onscreen with Henry Cavill for the superhero showdown/team-up in Batman vs. Superman - meaning that there's still plenty of time for fans, skeptics, and artists to offer updated thoughts, criticisms, and artistic expressions on Ben Affleck's Batman. In the coming months we'll be offering updates (and podcast discussions) on Man of Steel 2 as they're revealed - which will, no doubt, include shots of Affleck in a redesigned Batsuit as well as official footage (and trailers) from the film. Stay up to date at our Man of Steel 2 movie page - HERE. In the meantime, make sure to check out one of our favorite honorable Bat-mentions from our time scouring the Internet, Peter Dinklage as Batman (pictured to the left), courtesy of Reddit user DarthPredator - HERE. ___ Man of Steel 2/Batman vs. Superman will be released July 17, 2015. Follow me on Twitter @benkendrick for future updates on Batman vs. Superman as well as movie, TV, and gaming news.
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  1. I’m not a TROLL, I am a voice with a valid opinion, and has the right to voice it!

    Great actors do not indulge in political agendas, great actors are because they are (not because of what they say they are), great actors are because of history… and not because of whats cool and hip! Great actors endure because they, well… they ARE great!

    Anthony Hopkins is a great example… he loves his job, he doesn’t voice his opinion about things, one way or the other… he’s just great at what he does and will always be. Why?

    Because he’s learned, his experience, a seasoned (well-trained) actor, and keeps his s*** to himself and doesn’t force his ideology on other people that could give crap!!!

    This is because he’s smart, knows his ideology doesn’t matter… he knows what matters is to entertain US—that all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • dafuq

    • dafuq r u talking about? affleck looks more batman than bale and won’t sound weird and stupid like bale

    • Sorry, cyborn…

      You are the very definition of “troll”. That is not because of your opinion (as you say, yours is as valid as anyone else’s); it IS because of your belief that we are all sheep simply because we do not share your opinion. It also makes you seem like a bit of a dunce. After all, if you and your little buddies believe (as you seem to) that most of the world will reject Affleck’s casting, wouldn’t that (by YOUR own definition) make YOU the sheep?

      Yep.

      • I’m not fishing or baiting anyone… all I am doing is stating my personal opinion, Archeaon. So it it would seem that, in fact, that you ARE , in fact, actually trolling… no? By definition only, right?

        • Actually, no. You see, I merely responded to the term you used to describe all of us on this thread who disagreed with you. A person who attempts to school others in communication, as you did to huh? REALLY should learn to comprehend simple concepts better than what you’ve shown.

          • You calling Archaeon ignorant is like being called ugly by a frog.

            • Yes!

              • Ah, no. You are the frog in that analogy. Meaning the uglier one.
                Had to clarify that for the record you being so dense and all.

                • We support you, RP.

                  • Say, thanks for that, Kofi.
                    I truly deeply appreciate that.
                    Your support means everything.

        • Nobody is going to take you seriously as Cyborn’s Mom. You should probably bow out now while you still have… I don’t know… some sort of integrity?

          • Now, now, liittle Cyborn. Listen your your mother and go to your room.

            • Curious, what does your mother say about you posting here, Palmer?

              • My mother does not have to take me to school like yours just did.

                • No but daddy has his say… didn’t he? Why else would you have a need to make your place? A place that nobody cares about???

                  • Really? Is that the best you can do?

    • Ben Affleck killed Argo and DAREDEVIl now he will bury Batman forever
      only reason he even an actor he married James Garners daughter.
      Jennifers daddys money paying for his flops even buying awards since the studios scared James Garner will put them back into court!

      • Leslie…

        Ummm, sweetie? No…just no. Go back to bed, and rest that obviously tired, overworked brain of yours.

        …and , PLEASE, stop taking the stup!d pills…they’re simply making you lseem foolish.

        • Sigh…that’s SEEM…no l.

          My empire for an edit button…

      • Dear Leslie, Jennifer Garner is not the daughter of James Garner.
        Disproving your contention on the only reason why Ben is an actor.
        And that, like everything else you contend, is totally false nonsense.

        • WOW, nicely said, Robert!

          It is amazing how much smarter the fruit fly’s in my garbage are than some of these posters!
          UN-BELIEVABLE, schools really need to take accountability for the RAMPANT STUPIDITY that plagues our planet…but mostly our country :(
          I think it is HIGH time to get my fruit fly’s an account with SR

  2. Anna is a f(rick)ing whore.

  3. At first, I was like WTH, but Affleck is an Academy Award winning actor and director. I think this movie has real potential to dethrone Avengers.

    • At first I was like Ben Affleck, he is cool, therefore I must be cool! Then I thought about how useless an academy award is, and I am not impressed.

    • Yes, I agree Kahless. It is already being
      talked about a lot more so we shall see.

      Good to see you, my friend, and I
      trust and hope all is well health-wise.

      • Yes, Palmer… we’ve also heard your crap… and we sick of it! Why do you think I am here???

        • Really? Is that the best you can do?

          • You keep telling yourself that, Sparky.
            Whatever you need to do to feel good about yourself.

            • See… it has never been about that. Yet, I feel good… unlike YOU, the one who has the need to make himself known, somehow, in a public forum that makes no difference in society!

              Dude your a freak! Admit it!

              Then get help.

              • And don’t deny it?

                You and the rest of the retards on this site are all the same…

                • Oh yes, we are all retards here but you.
                  Why you are just so smart, little Cyborn.

              • Yes, of course. That’s it. Thanks.
                I’m a freak and I need to get help.

                • Get a life.

                  • Oh yes, thanks for that too.
                    I’ll order one tomorrow.

                  • CY,
                    stop being all bent like I was when your daddy left me for you 22y/o cousin!

                    You just turned 14 and you need to grow up and act your age! Did you tell these nice people that you have your whole basement bedroom filled with Ben Affleck and Matt Damon posters and action Figures?
                    Stop playing with the dial-up so I can call your father and get the Child support payment this week!

                    Now go to sleep! You already know you are grounded from that intranet for looking at beastiality!
                    Tell your friends goodnight!!! !!!!

                  • Listen to your mother, little Cyborg.
                    You know she knows best.

    • he’s an academy award winning director and screenwriter. he hasn’t won one for acting yet. yet.

      • He hasn’t won one for directing either. Rather, for producing. As Argo won “Best Picture” not “Best Director.”

        Not trying to insult, just pointing out a small fact. I think Affleck will do just fine and bring much needed film making knowledge to this project.

        • Ben has won the Golden Globe Award, BAFTA,
          and Directors Guild Award for Best Director.

          • Very true Robert, I would not have corrected him had he mentioned any of those. But he called him “an Academy Award winning Director,” which he is not… Yet.

            Not trying to discredit Affleck, I like the man, and his projects are on my must watch list. Even before Batman. I’ll admit I used to dislike him, called him Asslick, but once I was forced to watch The Town, I took him off my list of people who’s movies I don’t watch. Which I almost never do. Then I started checking out more of his recent work and now I am a fan.

            • I mentioned those awards, DragonArcher23,
              because I think it was that string of high profile
              wins that lead people to think when remembering he
              won the Oscar too which you correctly stated he didn’t.

              I went through a period where I basically wrote him
              off as a tabloid movie star but that turned around
              completely with his recent work like The Town.

  4. Dude it sad, I listen and heard you… this is you Robert Palmer, and that is it! It’s sad.

    • I know, why it’s just so heartbreaking.
      Do console yourself, little Cyborn

  5. I cry for you!

    • Don’t forget to cry for Argentina.

  6. Yes, Robert Palmer, I am conservative. And If you were hurting or in a need, I would be there for you… no doubt! I am a Christian and I have a responsibility.

    • We know. Why you’re just so special now, aren’t you, little Cyborg.

      • It’s called faith.

        • You keep telling yourself that, Sparky.
          Whatever you need to do to feel good about yourself.

    • Cyborn, please don’t identify yourself as a Christian or a conservative when you are behaving so badly. A true Christian and conservative would not call others “freaks” and “retards”, as you did above, nor continually demean, poke, and prod others hoping to get a response. Although I have had my run-ins with Archaeon as well, I have found Robert Palmer to be perfectly rationale, reasonable, and gentlemanly. If you really are a Christian and conservative, you should humble yourself, apologize for your bhavior, and refrain from further foolishness.

      • +1
        I never see Robert in hot headed arguments, one of the few opinions I actually look up to during discussions to be honest.

        • Very kind of you to say, ColdSc, Thank you.

      • Thanks for that, Jeff. Much appreciated.

        • Deserving, Robert. :)

      • Hi Jeff,

        All these things are in question, but thank God that they are!

  7. I know, it’s weird… i’m drunk right now, yet God wants me to show the word.. right now!

    • The vomit you spewed in this thread proves you
      cannot be a Christian and know nothing of Faith.

      The fact you think you are one and know Faith proves
      you are delusional which also explains your obsession.

      • God forgives you, and loves you.

        • You are the last person to lecture anyone on Faith. Look to your own faults.

          Calling people freaks because you disagree with them is not being Christian.
          Nor calling esteemed posters here Trolls because you disagree with them.
          And telling everyone here they are all retards. How Christian of you.

      • Leave him be, Robert. You are correct…he does appear to have some issues, and nothing you or I say will likely have any great impact on him.

        Cyborn, if you are truly a searching soul, I hope you find your way.

        • Yes, to leave him be is the preferred course.

          • I’ve gotten caught up in some “discussions” as well, so in the future, you may have to pull me out of one…:)

            • Yes, it can happen to any of us. I owe you one_:)

              • yup

                • The nasty stuff trolls posted (thankfully now removed)
                  can get so bad as was in this case that it is virtually
                  impossible to let sit there without saying something.

                  After the thread clean-up remaining posts get out
                  of sequence and how the original entanglements
                  ensued are hard to piece together afterwards.

                  You can get ensnared just trying to quiet the
                  proceedings only to have someone latch on
                  to you heating up what you tried to cool.

    • Woah, things got intense in this thread. Cyborn, don’t drink and type ;) Let’s all cool it and get back on topic.

      • Ben Kendrick, the welcomed voice of reason.
        Everyone lease pay attention. Thanks, Ben.

        • *please

      • Nope, I will never back off this topic… sorry!

        • The will of God.

        • @Cyborn – Editor asked you nicely to move on to another subject – please do so.

          Thanks,

          Paul Young – Moderator

  8. Excellent job of thread clean-up by Moderator Paul Young.
    Fly in trolls have been leaving some nasty droppings lately.

  9. Wow…I leave to go enjoy some more of the ‘Con, and the crazy increases exponentially. Yikes. Robert, et al, you seem to have handled Ian and Cyborn admirably…Bravo!

    Paul and Ben…I bet you’ll be somewhat happy when the Affleck lunacy settles down…

    Robert…I saw that you defended me while I was away. Thank you. Once again, you’ve proven yourself a gentleman.

    One final note on this bizarre thread: Did ANYONE else imagine a sinister, cybernetically enhanced skeleton version of Cobra’s (not “our”) Dr. Mindbender? There was a Dr. Cyborn who worked on the side of Darkness on that wonderful (’90s?) cartoon “Skeleton Warriors”. I kept having to hold off laughing out loud every time Cyborn made a comment…

    ;)

    • Very kind of you to say, Archaeon.
      And thanks for the thank you too.

      Thankfully the worst insults
      were taken down afterward.

  10. I have a solution…trade out Ben Affleck with…Brad Pitt…Brad Pitt pulled off Achilles in Troy, the guy from Fight Club and the irish boxer from Snatch…he has the acting and fighting chops and he is probably the best actor in America right now…

  11. WTF is going on in this thread? I came in for my daily dose of Batman/Superman (it’s gonna be a long 2 years) to find this s****.

    • Yeah…things got…weird.

  12. After all this Affleck crap I really do hope they cast Ryan Gosling or Zac Effron (or some other pretty faced person everybody loves to hate) in a Star Wars film, just so all the whiners will squirm and writhe.

    I don’t care anymore, I’d rather have my expectations blown away by someone I initially didn’t like, than sit and be all pissed because my fandom is being ruined.

  13. At first, I was like WTH, but Affleck is an Academy Award winning actor and director. I think this movie has real potential to dethrone Avengers.

  14. Hi peeps. I will admit that I do not think that Ben Afleck as batman will work. My reason for this is the fact that he has had a crack at a superhero movie before in Daredevil. I love my superhero films. But I think that Daredevil was hugely disapointing. This is due to the fact that his acting was not infuential, memorable or even convincing for that matter. He may be a good guy, he may well be a great guy. But as an actor…..I don’t know. He has had some good films such as Hollywoodland, The Town and Armageddon. But as a super hero. No. I love the character Daredevil, but in my opinion, he killed it. And now I fear that he will do the same to Batman, Another one of my favourite superheroes.

  15. My favorite memes come from here:
    http://shazamaholic.blogspot.com/2013/08/ben-affleck-is-new-batman.html

  16. Hey, Dustin Hoffman won 2 Oscars, can he be Batman? If that’s your overall logic for casting of Batman.

    s***, Tom Hanks can reboot Wolverine, he’s won 2 also!

  17. He did a good job nonetheless. excellent movie

  18. batman to been a spectacular saga. From the best films I’ve seen regardless of who performs the character.

  19. First of all, I believe that Afleck will do just fine as Batman. (I feel that the crucial part of the role is being Bruce Wayne and he will excel there.) I can’t find anywhere why the casting didn’t decide to go with Bale. Why is that?

  20. He is not Bale; therefore, he will fail.

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