That rumor you heard of *surprise* Ben Affleck being cast as the new Batman for 2015's Man of Steel sequel? It's true.
Thursday evening's near Internet meltdown - to be remembered as "Twitter's Dark Night" - after Warner Bros. announced that the 41-year-old actor-director will star as Bruce Wayne opposite Henry Cavill's Superman in the follow-up received a a range of reactions from Hollywood's elite. We highlight a few - in addition to other notable tweets, below.
ATTENTION: The "Ben Affleck As Batman" story was just a test of your emergency Twitter system. You all passed.— Tim Long (@mrtimlong) August 23, 2013
Spend ten years working your way back into everyone's good graces. Win an Oscar. Then you get cast as Batman, and BAM! You're Gigli again.— Tim Carvell (@timcarvell) August 23, 2013
Really looking forward to seeing Affleck bring the depth and gravitas to Batman that he brought to Daredevil and Gigli.— Wil Wheaton (@wilw) August 23, 2013
@RichardDreyfuss It happens.— Ben Affleck Batman (@AffleckBatman) August 23, 2013
Damon as Robin! Damon as Robin!— Joshua Malina (@JoshMalina) August 23, 2013
Ben Affleck is the new Batman? I absolutely didn't see it coming but I do absolutely see it working. Gotta be better than Daredevil amirite?— Robert Kazinsky (@RobertKazinsky) August 23, 2013
Nolan will make it work. Nolan will make it work.— Robert Kazinsky (@RobertKazinsky) August 23, 2013
Ben Affleck officially cast as Batman in the Man of Steel sequel. For the first time in history, I kind of want Superman to win.— The Batman (@TheBatman) August 23, 2013