Anti-Affleck petition exceeds 73,000 as Batman actor signs multi-picture deal
Ben Affleck has reportedly signed a multi-picture deal and will have the opportunity to approve the script for his upcoming role as Batman.
The news comes as the actor has received backlash following the decision for him to star in 2015’s Warner Bros’ ‘Man of Steel’ sequel.
An online petition against the casting of 41-year-old Affleck in the upcoming sequel has already fetched over 73,000 signatures.
The petition, set up on change.org, criticises Affleck and asks Warner Bros to consider someone else for the role.
“His acting skill is not even close to being believable as Bruce Wayne and he won't do the role justice,” the petition, posted by John Roden, reads.
“He's not intimidating enough for the role of Batman. Batman is someone that strikes fear in the hearts of men. His portrayal of Daredevil was atrocious and he's not remotely close to an action star or a superhero. Please find someone else and deliver to the fans what they want.”
Roden later updated the online petition to add that he does not in any way want to harm Affleck.
“I would like to add that this petition was not meant in any way to harm Ben Affleck or his career. I respect Affleck's work, I just feel he is inappropriate for the role,” he wrote.
Roden also denounced his name being used on a recent petition posted to the White House.
Affleck will star opposite Henry Cavill in the Zack Snyder-directed movie, due for release in 2015.