2:40pm PT by THR Staff
Val Kilmer on Batman: Give Ben Affleck a Chance
Ben Affleck withstood an initial fan backlash when he was announced as the latest Batman on Thursday. But, at least one member of the fraternity of Dark Knight actors appears to be backing the casting choice.
Val Kilmer, who defended Gotham against Jim Carrey's Riddler in Joel Schumacher's 1995 Batman Forever, tweeted that the negative reactions were premature:
Give Ben a chance!— Val Kilmer (@ValEKilmer) August 23, 2013
Meanwhile, Adam West, who played the character in the 1960's live action show, added this sage thought:
Even Avengers director Joss Whedon, who must be contemplating outdoing a potential Justice League film, praised the Argo director:
Affleck'll crush it. He's got the chops, he's got the chin -- just needs the material. Affleck & Cavill toe to toe -- I'm in.— Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) August 24, 2013
Affleck's turn as the hero drew instant critical feedback on Twitter, with one analytics firm estimating that 71 percent of tweets in the first hour after the news broke were negative. A Change.org petition to "remove" the actor from the next film has gathered more than 40,000 signatures.
Fans will have more than a year to get used to the actor in the role. Zack Snyder's untitled Batman and Superman film is set to hit screens July 17, 2015.