#BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck. Here's a look at those who could have played Batman on the big screen ..." border="0" height="360" id="articleGalleryPhoto001" width="640"/>The announced casting choice of Ben Affleck to play Batman in the upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel stirred lots of debate and produced the Twitter trend #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck. Here's a look at those who could have played Batman on the big screen ...
The Hollywood Reporter's list of potential actors to fill the suit. " border="0" height="360" id="articleGalleryPhoto002" width="640"/>Prior to the announcement of Affleck snagging the role, Josh Brolin made The Hollywood Reporter's list of potential actors to fill the suit.
"True Blood's" Joe Manganiello also made the THR shortlist and would definitely have raised Batman's sexy quotient.
Twitter users may not have been entirely serious when they ranked Idris Elba in the #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck suggestions, but since producers haven't figured out how to make the British actor the new James Bond we'd take him as Batman.
Imagine the moves Batman would have if Channing Tatum had been selected.
"Stoker" star Matthew Goode would have been another good Brit for the role.
Come on. It's Ryan Gosling!
Jon Hamm is sort of a man of mystery as Don Draper on "Mad Men" so Batman wouldn't have been a huge stretch, would it?
Armie Hammer starred in "The Lone Ranger," so he has action film experience. And he is adorable.
Ben McKenzie from "The O.C." and "Southland" already voiced Batman for the 2011 animated film "Batman: Year One" so he is familiar with the territory. Plus, he now plays a young Commissioner Gordon on Fox's Batman prequel, "Gotham."
British actor Richard Armitage looks darn spiffy in a tux and that's half the battle in playing Batman.
Will Smith hasn't had a major hit in awhile. We're just saying.
- Director Zack Snyder tweets image of Ben Affleck as new Batman
- The casting of Affleck in "Man of Steel" sequel has sparked controversy
- The film is expected in 2016
(CNN) -- And we thought Christian Bale's Batman was buff.
Director Zack Snyder showed off his version of the crime-fighting superhero Tuesday on Twitter with the first images of Ben Affleck as Batman in the upcoming sequel to "Man of Steel."
I shot this with my @Leica_Camera M Monochrom. #Batman #Batmobile #Gotham http://t.co/WPHKLxgBLM pic.twitter.com/p5DEf6fLzJ
— ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) May 13, 2014
Snyder teased on Monday that a reveal of the Batmobile was coming, but he snuck in a look at Affleck as a surprise.
The project, which is being referred to as "Batman vs. Superman," is the first time the two superheroes will be on the big screen together.
Henry Cavill, who bore the "S" on his chest for "Man of Steel," will again play the man from Krypton.
Given how controversial Affleck's casting was, it's no surprise that critics have been eager to weigh in. But to some, it wasn't as bad as they thought it would be.
The first image of Ben Affleck as Batman & Batmobile. Looks.... pretty good actually. pic.twitter.com/YuvtuQUclB
— Evil Chris Priestly (@TheEvilChris) May 13, 2014
First pic of Ben Affleck as Batman. He looks older, grittier and pissed off. I like it! #BatmanvsSuperman pic.twitter.com/CMsr74OYPo
— Lee Mahon (@Lee_JM75) May 13, 2014
Finally our first look at Ben Affleck as Batman , the BatMobile is looking good as well. #BatmanvsSuperman #batfleck pic.twitter.com/Wm4B8vzQXN
— Mark Fleming (@Mark_Fleming_) May 13, 2014
First pics of Ben Affleck as Batman (and by pics, I meant pecs) that suit is looking killer http://t.co/PTYilAUaJg
— Sky Hartman (@Skyhartman) May 13, 2014
What do you think of Affleck as the new Dark Knight? Snyder's "Man of Steel" sequel is scheduled to arrive in theaters in May 2016.