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First up is Joss Whedon, who knows a thing or two about superheroes having directed the most successful comic book movie of all time. I have a feeling Whedon’s opinion is powerful enough to get at least 5% of people flipping their opinions on Affleck’s involvement. Geek culture can be pretty fickle at times.
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.— Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) August 24, 2013
I think Whedon expresses exactly the sentiment that non-naysayers are feeling: if it’s a great script with a great story, then the pressure isn’t entirely on the actor within the batsuit. But seeing as how Snyder and co-writer David Goyer have arguably never been solely responsible for anything that was actually “great,” we might have to rely on Affleck more than anyone would hope for.
But what about actors that have actually played the caped crusader? What about the guys who faced similar WTF reactions from fans once they were chosen for the role? Both Val Kilmer, who starred in 1995’s Batman Forever, and Adam West, who starred in the wonderfully campy 1960s TV show, gave their bat-stamp of approval to the news, and West even had a little advice to give.
Give Ben a chance!— Val Kilmer (@ValEKilmer) August 23, 2013
Meanwhile, Kevin Smith took the time to tell everyone that he has now made out with and has seen at least one Batman naked.
Holy shit... BEN AFFLECK IS THE NEW BATMAN!!! http://t.co/acivqxFl0U Do you know what this means? It means that I've seen Batman naked!!!— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) August 23, 2013
Meanwhile, on the opposite side of well-wishing, there is still a petition at Change.org asking President Obama to get Warner Bros. to remove Affleck from the film - and it has already amassed over 75,000 signatures. There was also a petition started on the White House website, but it has since been taken down.
There’s no way Warners is backing down from this, so everyone should just calm the hell down now. Or if you’re going to keep complaining, at least make it funny.