Social media outrage after Ben Affleck named the Batman

Batman will appear in "Man of Steel" sequel

When Warner Bros. announced Ben Affleck will be the next to don Batman's cape and cowl, social media lit up with criticism.

The studio said the 41-year-old actor-director will star as a new incarnation of the Dark Knight in a film bringing Batman and Superman together. Affleck will star opposite Henry Cavill, reprising his role as Superman from "Man of Steel." The movie will also reunite "Man of Steel" stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

The big-screen DC superhero mash-up was originally announced at last month's Comic-Con International in San Diego by director Zack Snyder.

Snyder said in a statement that Affleck will provide a counter-balance to Cavill's Superman.

Overnight after Affleck was publicly awarded the role, one of the most popular Twitter hashtags was #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck. Tweeters suggested former actors who played the role, their siblings and total strangers in Halloween costumes.

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

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