Val Kilmer Wants You to 'Give Ben a Chance' as Batman

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Val Kilmer Wants You to 'Give Ben a Chance' as Batman

Noted thespian and screen actor Val Kilmer (currently starring onstage in his show Citizen Twain at the Pasadena Playhouse) Tweeted today: "Give Ben a chance!"

He's talking about Ben Affleck, of course, who was just announced as the new Batman for Zack Snyder's upcoming MAN OF STEEL sequel and is now facing a tumult of Internet backlash for the casting decision.

Joss Whedon echoed Kilmer's sentiments in more detail, Tweeting: "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."

The Hollywood Reporter writes that an analytics firm estimated that 71 percent of Tweets were negative in the first hour after the news hit the Internet. Fans have even appealed to President Barack Obama with a Change.org petition that has drawn more than 40,000 signatures to stop Affleck from appearing in the film.

But many actors have drawn criticsm over the years for unconventional casting and then surprised the masses with their performances. Take Heath Ledger as The Joker before his Oscar-winning portrayal of the iconic villain. Or Daniel Craig as James Bond.




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