Petition Filed on White House Website Wants Batman Recast

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Ben Affleck will don Batman’s cape and cowl.

But a petition has been filed in the “We the People” section of the White House website petitioning the Obama administration to “denounce the selection of Ben Affleck” and recast the role of Batman.

The creator of the petition from Westland, Michigan writes “there are more serious matters that need to be addressed in our country but fans/citizens are outraged at the selection and we want to send a message to Warner Brothers, DC Comics, and Zack Snyder using an outlet that could garner the appropriate media attention to do so.”

The petition needs at least 100,000 signatures by Sept. 13, 2013 for it to receive a response from the White House.

Warner Bros. announced Thursday that the 41-year-old actor-director will star as a new incarnation of the Dark Knight in a film bringing Batman and Superman together.

The studio said Affleck will star opposite 30-year-old Henry Cavill, who will reprise his role as Superman from “Man of Steel.” The movie will also feature “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White and Diane Lane as Martha Kent.

The big-screen DC Comics superhero mash-up was first revealed by director Zack Snyder at last month’s Comic-Con International in San Diego.

Snyder, who will direct the sequel written by “Man of Steel” screenwriter David S. Goyer, said in a statement that Affleck will provide an “interesting counter-balance” to Cavill’s Clark Kent.

“(Affleck) 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,” said Snyder. “I can’t wait to work with him.”

Production on the as-yet-untitled film is expected to begin in 2014 for release July 17, 2015.

It won’t be Affleck’s first time in superhero garb. He played a blind Marvel crime fighter in 2003’s “Daredevil” and portrayed 1950s Superman actor George Reeves in 2006’s “Hollywoodland.”

Affleck’s “Argo,” which he starred in and directed, won the Academy Award for best picture earlier this year.

Christian Bale most recently played Batman in director Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy.

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