The “anti Ben Affleck” campaign launched by Joe Roden from Ludlow, Kentucky is gaining momentum. Roden started his online petition to stop the 41 year-old actor from stepping into Bruce Wayne’s shoes for the Man of Steel sequel starring Henry Cavill as Superman.
The petition, that has the catchy title Warner Brothers: Remove Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne in the Superman/Batman movie, has already garnered over 30,000 signatures.
Warner Bros made the announcement on Friday that Ben Affleck will be donning the cape and mask in the Superman sequel and fans immediately went into a frenzy of outrage and disappointment with the studio’s choice. The public made their displeasure known on Twitter with the hashtag #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck. A hashtag that is still trending on the microblogging site.
But Joe Roden didn’t want to rely on Twitter to make his stand against the casting of Affleck as the caped crusader. He immediately launched his anti Affleck campaign in his petition on change.org and it’s gaining momentum.
If you head over to the site, you will see Roden’s rationale for Affleck’s removal, but if you haven’t got the time, here is what you will see on the petition:
Underneath Roden’s explanation of why Affleck should be removed and his “non-affiliation” with other sites, you will find:
Between Roden’s petition, which has garnered an impressive amount of names already, and the Twitter storm about director Zack Snyder’s decision of Affleck over favourites Ryan Gosling or almost anyone else, Ben must be feeling a bit depressed about all this negativity.
There are other hashtags on Twitter about the studio’s decision to cast Ben Affleck as the crime fighter who hails from Gotham City. The overall feeling from fans is one of disbelief. Even Buffy creator Joss Whedon’s championing the choice has done little to stem the rising tide of displeasure from comic book aficionados.
Apparently out of the long list of actors who were considered for the role, Oscar winning Ben Affleck was not the people’s choice. While no one has been named to play Robin, if the sidekick makes an appearance in the film, a lot of humourous guessing has been made about which actor will be filling those particular tights. Casey Affleck and Matt Damon have been mentioned the most, much to the mirth and appreciation of the “Anyone but Ben Affleck for Batman” club.
It cannot be easy to take over a role that Christian Bale has “bailed” on. But the Argo actor and director can take some solace from his co-stars for the next Man of Steel installment. Amy Adams, back as Lois Lane; Laurence Fishburne, reprising his role as Daily Planet leader Perry White; and Diane Lane as the man of steel’s mother, along with Henry Cavill of course, who will all welcome Affleck on board.
Zack Snyder has already started pre-production on the Batman vs. Superman sequel which will be released in 2015. It is doubtful that the anti Affleck campaign will incur a casting change no matter how much momentum it gains. We don’t think that Ben has anything to worry about.
By Michael Smith