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It was a dark and harrowing night on the Internet following yesterday's news that Ben Affleck will play Batman in the 2015 "Man of Steel" sequel.
Once word broke out, the #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck backlash took about, oh, two seconds to start building. "Daredevil" was referenced. "Gigli" was excoriated. Petitions were formed on Change.org, including one that now has over 10,000 signatures. And Twitter nearly combusted, with many users going through the stages of grief.
Ben Affleck in 'Batman vs Superman'. Is this some sort of sick joke?- Johny Batham (@AgileBeast9) August 23, 2013
BEN AFFLECK WAS CASTED TO PLAY BATMAN IN THE NEW BATMAN VS SUPERMAN MOVIE I AM SO MAD THIS IS HORRIBLE- Alex Rossi (@wattheduckalex) August 23, 2013
Followed by depression:
I'm only accepting Ben Affleck as Batman if Matt Damon is cast as Robin.- Jordan Crucchiola (@JorCru) August 23, 2013
But it's time for acceptance, people -- Affleck's already training for the role. It's happening!
@tabbyjean3 tell luke I need a hug I'm soooo sad right now...just found out ben affleck is gonna play batman in new batman/superman movie- dreamjokers (@dreamjokers) August 23, 2013
Not everybody on the Internet is disappointed with Affleck as Batman. Naturally, the backlash to the backlash is underway:
Ben Affleck as Batman? I can see that. Glad they've got the ball rolling fast, bring on Superman vs Batman!- Luke Powney (@LukeDPowney) August 23, 201
Why are people upset about Ben Affleck playing Batman in the next Superman movie? He's been in some bad films but give him a chance.- FROMDUSKUNTILDAWN (@JordaniusDrew) August 23, 2013
Everyone snarking about Ben Affleck playing Daredevil in a mediocre movie is forgetting that he also played Superman in a great one.- Јeff Үαuѕ (@foldedfish) August 23, 2013
What do you think? Are you still (digitally) gnashing your teeth? Or have you reached acceptance?
[via the Twitterverse]