Ben Affleck Batman

Remove Ben Affleck As Batman Petition Goes Viral, But Presents Horribly Flawed Argument [Op-Ed]

Ben Affleck was announced as the new Batman last night by Warner Bros. and the Internet took a deep breath and let out a sonorous “DO NOT WANT.”

It was as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced.

Now, while there exist many good op-eds for why Ben Affleck as Batman is a bad thing (cue Mike Ryan, Huffington Post), some of us are beginning to think “Come on, guys. It can’t be that bad.” But then we saw 13,000 signatures on a petition asking Warner Bros. to quote “Remove Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne in the Superman/Batman movie.”

“His acting skill is not even close to being believable as Bruce Wayne and he won’t do the role justice,” writes John Roden of Ludlow, Kentucky. “He’s not built, nor is he intimidating enough for the role of Batman. His portrayal of Daredevil was atrocious and he’s not remotely close to an action star. Please find someone else.”

It’s interesting that people were fired up enough to start a petition, but not a White House petition though, right? Actually a White House petition to actually make it illegal for Ben Affleck to play Batman was launched and existed for about 10 seconds before the site admins decided there are better things to worry about.

Roden did backtrack a bit, posting an update which said that the petition is “not meant in any way to harm Ben Affleck” and that he does “respect Affleck’s work.” He just doesn’t think he’s right for the role.

But let’s take a closer look at Roden’s criticisms of the next Dark Knight.

1. He’s Not Built

Exhibit A: 2010’s The Town:

Ben Affleck shirtless