By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
At the most recent San Diego Comic-Con, Zack Snyder pumped up fans by announcing that the Man of Steel sequel would feature Batman. Though he gave no information other than the name – which is still up for debate as either Batman vs. Superman or Superman vs. Batman – Snyder is finally back to give us the latest deetz. By announcing Ben Affleck as the new Batman in the sequel, Warner Brothers has debunked the rumors that for a hearty paycheck of $50 million dollars, Christian Bale would return.
The announcement has brought out two sides of the Internet; one side is sharpening their pitchforks in anger, while the other is crying their eyes out because Bale’s officially gone from the production. Plenty of people have vocalized their disdain over Affleck’s casting, claiming that he does not suit the part.
Greg Silverman, the president of creative development and worldwide production for Warner Bros., is ecstatic and completely supportive of Affleck’s casting, despite the backlash. “We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some,” he said. “His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character.”
If that isn’t enough to make you change your mind, then director Snyder is also here to offer some encouraging words. “Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.”
I’m willing to give Affleck a chance, because back when they announced Heath Ledger would be playing the “Joker” for The Dark Knight, everyone laughed. Nobody’s laughing now.
We’ll see Affleck hit the big screen as our favorite masked vigilante on July 17, 2015! Which side will you be on?
Featured image courtesy of Angela George on Wikipedia. Batman image courtesy of DC Comics.