Ben Affleck just got a very important geek endorsement as Batman -- director Joss Whedon.
The Avengers and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. director entered into the heated Batman discussion on Friday night.
Whedon Tweeted, "Affleck'll crush it. He's got the chops, he's got the chin. -- just needs the material."
"Affleck and (Henry) Cavill toe to toe -- I'm in," Whedon added.
The super-Tweet came in the midst of heavy online criticism about the decision thatAffleck would play Batman alongside Cavill in the Batman-Superman movie to be released July 17, 2015.
Warner Bros clearly was not expecting a massive Internet backlash when they made the announcement late Thursday.
"Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry's Superman," director Zack Snyder said in a statement Thursday. "He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retains the charms that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can't wait to work with him."
The news has provoked a firestorm and a Twitter hashtag #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck overwhelmed the Web on Friday.
By Bryan Alexander, USA Today