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August 23rd, 2013
06:04 PM ET

Affleck as Batman: Casting Armageddon?

Forget Mets versus Yankees.

Forget Democrats versus Republicans.

The masses are divided over news that broke late Thursday night – Ben Affleck will play Batman.

Warner Brothers put out the signal and in a flash the internet was abuzz. A 2015 sequel to this summer’s “Man of Steel,” will cast the 41-year-old Oscar winner opposite actor Henry Cavill. It will be the first time both DC Comics icons will share the silver screen.

Through Vine videos, Twitter feeds, and on new headlines across the country, people are choosing sides.

"A handsome, astronomically wealthy man with a male companion who follows him on his adventures – can Ben Affleck play that?" The New York Times' Dave Itzkoff asked in a Vine video.

Dana Stevens of Slate tweeted a picture of herself holding a notebook with the words, "Man of ... Wood?"

It appears “Bat-Fleck” backlash is taking over.

"Batman the movie itself, and the franchise, has a lot of rabid fans," said Whitney Jefferson, celebrity editor at BuzzFeed. "Plus the fact the original team is not attached, so it's Zack Snyder directing, stirred up emotions with all of the nerds everywhere."

Fans are questioning whether Affleck can fill the cape once wore by George Clooney, Christian Bale and Michael Keaton.

He did once show some action chops in "Dazed and Confused," as the villain Fred O'Bannion, but the debate about whether he’s fit for Gotham City has reached fever pitch.

Part of the issue is the fact that Affleck has already played a superhero, and not a well-received one at that; "Daredevil" was regarded as a box office flop.

Still, Affleck is the man behind the smashing success of "Argo." But then again, there’s "Gigli."

So how will he suit up as Batman?

"Whenever you become a trending topic, it's going to do something for your brand, and in this case the movie. The movie's not even out until 2015, and already everyone's talking about it." said Jefferson. "It's great, free promotion."

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