How unpopular was the announcement that Ben Affleck would be playing Batman in the ‘Man of Steel’ sequel?  Someone asked the White House to intervene.  Seriously.

While most internet chatter has shifted to Miley Cyrus twerking at the VMAs, more news is trickling out about Affleck and if you weren’t happy about his casting in the first place (like White House unhappy), there’s even worse news.  He’s locked in for multiple films.

Though much is still unknown, Affleck apparently met with Zach Snyder in secret earlier this year, after the director finished working on ‘Man of Steel.’  Affleck, a respected actor and director, wanted to discuss the plot and direction the character would take in the follow-up film.  The talks were so private that many at Warner Brothers and Affleck’s own agency didn’t even know about them, which is why Thursday’s announcement blindsided nearly everyone.

Now what are these multiple films he is signed for?  No word yet, and it will probably depend on how ‘Batman Vs. Superman’ (or whatever it winds up being named) does at the box office.  ‘Man of Steel’ did fantastically, but has proven divisive among viewers, which may impact how well its sequel does.  But of course, fans are still hoping to see a ‘Justice League’ movie, a movie that WB offered to Afflck to direct, but that he passed on.  With him stepping in front of the camera for ‘Batman Vs. Superman’, fans are speculating once again that he may direct a movie in the DC Universe.

Though Affleck has gained respect for his directing in recent years, his box office strength has diminished.  This could be his opportunity to return to the limelight in a major franchise.  He also helps the sequel with a dose of star power, since the biggest names in the first movie, Kevin Costner and Russell Crowe, will not be in the second movie.

Are you still steamed about Affleck’s casting?  Will you be seeing the second movie?  Comment below!

(Source: Indiewire)