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10 Controversial Comic Book Movie Castings — Besides Ben Affleck as Batman

Controversial Superhero Movie Castings
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When it comes to comic book movie castings, this sort of outrage is nothing new. Just about every announcement comes with some sort of protest, as comic book fans have their own preconceived notions of what the big screen version of their favorite hero or villain should look and sound like.

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Ben Affleck Is Batman, and Here’s Why That’s Perfect Casting

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Weinstein Company/Warner Bros.

By now, you've surely heard the news: Ben Affleck has been cast as Batman in the still unofficially titled 'Man of Steel 2,' which will see Superman go toe-to-toe with the Caped Crusader.

The reaction was immediate and intense. For

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POLL: Who Would You Like to See as Batman in ‘Man of Steel 2′?

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Warner Brothers, Getty Images

With the announcement that Ben Affleck will play the Dark Knight in the Batman and Superman-centric 'Man of Steel 2,' it reminds us how many actors were rumored or have played the part. Disregarding Batmans past, like Michael Keaton and George Clooney, there were a number of actors in contention. But who would you like to see play Batman in the movie?

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‘Arrow’ Season 2 Spoilers: No Ra’s Al Ghul Yet, But Definitely “League of Assassins”

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Warner Bros.

Earlier this week we caught wind of a rumor floating around that 'Arrow' could potentially introduce iconic Batman villain "Ra's Al Ghul," teasing the character's appearance with upcoming episode title "The Demon's Head." Apart from a few initial confirmations, the Ra's Al Ghul rumor has since been debunked, with one official caveat: Enter the "League of Assassins!"

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‘Arrow’ Season 2 Spoilers: Leaked Episode Title Teases Major Batman Villain?

Arrow Season 2 Spoilers Demons Head Ras Al Ghul League of Assassins
The CW

We'd already known that The CW's 'Arrow' would dip heavily into the DC reserves for its upcoming second season, even integrating a major 'Justice League' character, but has one of Batman's greatest enemies just booked a stay in Starling City? Potential spoilers of an upcoming episode title make an unmistakable reference to a famous 'Dark Knight' character brought to life in the Christopher Nolan film series, but which one?

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‘Batman vs. Superman’ Rumor: Could $60 Million Bring Back Christian Bale’s Dark Knight?

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Warner Bros.

The past few weeks have been awash in Batman casting rumors with everyone from Josh Brolin to Ryan Gosling apparently being on Warner Bros.' secret short list. However, new rumors suggest that the studio may cut its losses and stick with what works. The latest chatter, once again, claims that Christian Bale is being asked to reprise the role for the announced 'Batman vs. Superman' movie, and he's getting, uh, a substantial paycheck waved in front of him.

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‘Man of Steel 2′: Is Mark Strong the Next Lex Luthor? [UPDATED]

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UPDATE: Additional speculation suggests that 'Breaking Bad' star Bryan Cranston may also be up for the role. Between these two actors, which would you rather see get the part?

As eagle-eyed fans the world over will tell you, 'Man of Steel' contained numerous references to LexCorp, the company run by iconic Superman villain Lex Luthor. Naturally, tongues started wagging and everyone immediately assumed that the bald baddie would play a major role in the inevitable sequel. And then the fantasy casting began.

And now, Mark Strong has hinted that the role may be his.

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POLL: Who’s Your Pick to Play Batman in ‘Man of Steel 2′?

Batman Man of Steel 2
Warner Bros.

No doubt the hottest casting debate going on right now is this: Who will play Batman in 'Man of Steel 2'? A bevy of names have come up recently, and we're wondering who you think is the best fit.

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‘Man of Steel 2′ Seeking Older Batman, Casting Rumors Begin

Man of Steel 2 Batman Casting Rumors
Getty Images

It was announced at Comic-Con 2013 that the sequel to 'Man of Steel' will feature a Batman vs. Superman fight in the vein of Frank Miller's graphic novel 'The Dark Knight Returns,' so the big question is, of course, who will play Batman? The script for Zack Snyder's 'Man of Steel 2' is still being written, so it's a bit early for Warner Bros. to start meeting with prospective actors for the role, but sources claim they have a few ideas.

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‘Arrow’ Season 2 Spoilers: Batman Characters Completely Off the Table?

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Warner Bros.

This past week at Comic-Con 2013, 'Arrow' season 2 revealed a number of new DC-influenced characters and stars to arrive in the forthcoming second season of the hit CW drama, while we've previously heard producers talk about inching toward several Batman-adjacent characters. Now that Batman has been thrust back in the spotlight for the purported Batman / 'Man of Steel' crossover however, does 'Arrow' no longer have its target in sight?

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