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Joss Whedon backs Ben Affleck as Batman

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Story by Jack Foley

JOSS Whedon has given his full backing to the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman in Warner Bros follow-up to Superman movie Man of Steel.

Despite being the director behind rival superhero franchise The Avengers, Whedon remains a huge fan of all comic book to film transfers and took to Twitter to voice his support for the latest project following a backlash against the news from certain Batman fans.

Some fans have even started a petition calling for Warner Bros. to recast the part. Yet that can be par for the course when casting major roles nowadays.

Daniel Craig was most notably given a hard time when he was announced as the new James Bond, only to become the most successful 007 after Sean Connery, while Heath Ledger proved an initially unpopular choice as The Joker in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight – and look how that turned out.

Affleck will line up against Henry Cavill’s Superman in the as-yet untitled film, which is being readied for release on July 17, 2015, in the US – several months after Whedon’s Avengers sequel, Avengers 2: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015.

But Whedon is not phased and is leading the Affleck fanfare, stating via Twitter: “Affleck’ll crush it. He’s got the chin — just needs the material. Affleck & Cavill toe to toe — I’m in.”

And backing his man to the hilt, Man of Steel director Zack Snyder also said in a statement: “Ben provides an interesting counterbalance 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.”

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