When Warner Brothers announced on August 22 that Ben Affleck -- the actor/director best known for playing jovial Boston brahs, lame Marvel action heroes and gangsters who inhabit the worst movie of all time -- would play Batman in 2015, the reaction on Twitter was immediate and furious.
But the ferocity of the Twitter-storm was nothing compared to the reaction of the Caped Crusader himself when he got the news.
We visited some of the DC's 52 universes and caught a few pics of the Dark Knight as he absorbed the news....
After Warner Brother's maddening decision last Thursday to cast Ben Affleck as Batman in the upcoming Batman/Superman flick, movie critic Matt Zoller Seitz jokingly mentioned Idris Elba as the ideal choice.
Some quick Googling showed that not all Elba-as-Batman fans aren't joking. They've taken to editorials, Buzzfeed, and Facebook to push the statuesque and intense British (and black) actor as an ideal Caped Crusader choice. Elba, best known as the enterprising drug dealer Stringer Bell in "The Wire," has become a staple of Hollywood summer flicks, including this year's "Pacific Rim" and last year's "Prometheus." (He's likely to be in the Oscar discussion later this year for playing Nelson Mandela in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.")
But that raises the issue--can you have a black Batman? This is something that pops up in superhero entertainment every couple of years. In fact, Elba himself has been at the center of it before, when he played a Norse god in "Thor." And the Fantastic Four reboot has generated some controversy with reports that Michael B. Jordan, a black actor, will play Johnny Storm.
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