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Petitions Against Ben Affleck Playing Batman in Superman Sequel

Ben Affleck starred in the 2003 superhero film "Daredevil," but the recent announcement that he would be playing Batman in an upcoming Superman sequel has caused a protest.

After Warner Bros. announced that Affleck would play the caped crusader on Thursday, two petitions quickly went up.

According to CBS Detroit, one petition is on Change.org and the second petition was on the “We the People” section of the White House website, which called for Obama to “denounce the selection of Ben Affleck.”

The White House petition was removed and replaced with a generic message that it violated the "terms of participation," but not an explanation how.

The Change.org petition has more than 14,000 signatures and is growing.

That petition states: “His acting skill is not even close to being believable as Bruce Wayne and he won’t do the role justice. He’s not built, nor is he intimidating enough for the role of Batman. His portrayal of Daredevil was atrocious and he’s not remotely close to an action star. Please find someone else."

The Superman/Batman film was announced by director Zack Snyder at the Comic-Con in San Diego in July.

“[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. I can’t wait to work with him,” said Snyder in a statement.

Sources: WhiteHouse.gov, Change.org, CBS Detroit

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