August 27, 2013
Joss Whedon defends Ben Affleck as Batman: 'He'll crush it'
Petition to 'remove Affleck as Batman' has now amassed over 75,000 signatures
Joss Whedon has come out in support of Ben Affleck as Batman, saying the actor will "crush it" in the forthcoming Batman-meets-Superman movie.
On Friday (August 23), Warner Bros announced that Affleck will join Henry Cavill's Superman in the sequel to Man Of Steel after Ryan Gosling, Josh Brolin and The Dark Knight star Christian Bale all had been tipped to play the caped crusader in the 2015 film
Affeck's casting has proved controversial, partly because his performance in an earlier superhero movie, 2003's Daredevil, wasn't very well-received. At the time of writing, an online petition to stop him from playing Batman has amassed over 75,000 signatures.
However, The Avengers director Whedon has used Twitter to endorse Affleck's decision to take on the iconic role.
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
Meanwhile, it's since been reported that Affleck has actually signed up to play Batman in "multiple movies" provided further Man Of Steel sequels are made.
Affleck, who directed last year's Oscar-winning Argo, will be seen next month in Runner, Runner, a crime thriller co-starring Justin Timberlake and Gemma Arterton. It opens in UK cinemas on September 27.
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