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Ben Affleck As Batman: Hollywood's Best Reactions

Richard Dreyfuss jokes that he was up for the part, while "Gigli" jokes and suggestions of roles for Matt Damon and Jennifer Lopez run rampant.

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Ben Affleck

The cat's out of the bag, bat-fans. Ben Affleck will don the cowl for 2015's Man of Steel follow-up, the first time Batman and Superman will be united on the big screen.

Director Zack Snyder is describing Affleck's Batman as "older and wiser" than Henry Cavill's Clark Kent (Affleck is 11 years Cavill's senior) and says he "bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain[s] the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne."

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Hollywood fans on Twitter have their own take on the Argo Oscar winner tackling yet another superhero role after 2003's Daredevil and 2006's Hollywoodland.

It's hard to believe this is something people would be opinionated about. (Kidding.) Josh Gad declared the casting was "genius!" while Richard Dreyfus joked he was up for the role, tweeting: "You read for a part, you feel good about it, you feel confident, then they cast Ben Affleck."

Others recommended pairings with old Affleck collaborators, with British actor Robert Kazinsky suggesting Matt Damon for the Joker and film critic Stephen Whitty rather unkindly opining Jennifer Lopez should be cast as Catwoman to "torpedo the whole thing." 

As for Affleck, he has yet to tweet. But a Ben Affleck Batman parody Twitter account popped up and quickly amassed 12,000 followers. It's been sending messages worthy of a superhero: "I am proud to serve the people of Gotham. And the people are proud to have me."

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Find more tweets below. We'll be riding the bat wave and updating throughout the evening.