The course of my social media morning:
I see an image of a duck in a Batsuit, with BATFLECK across the top, and an image below of it of a horrified Batman. I am mildly amused and keep scrolling.
I see “They need another Batman for the underserved white male demographic. Can’t you feel their pain?”
I put the those two things together and think “…nah.”
Then I see someone say “Ben Affleck, Batman? What cruel parallel world have we entered?” after which the friends list and follow list and everything devolve into 80% rage-a-thon and 10% wait-and-see and 10% awesome freaking stuff like the Greek off-the-grid Internet and portraits of the Sworn Virgins of Albania.
My personal reaction is “Ben Affleck is a better actor that he’s given credit for and he’ll probably be fine but until they give me a Wonder Woman movie I am frankly out of fucks to give.”
Scrolling down through Twitter makes it clear I am not the only person by a long shot who had pretty much the same immediate reaction. Gratifyingly, a large number of people who responded the same way are men. Probably my favorite response was from Saladin Ahmed, who said “A Wonder Woman movie would be too big a financial risk! We’ve decided to go with a proven moneymaker: A Ben Affleck superhero movie!” Which is perhaps not entirely fair to Ben, but the point is.
Seriously, people. *Seriously*.