Really Warner Bros, REALLY!!! I’m not a Ben Affleck hater by any means. I’m probably the only one who enjoyed Jersey Girl and was his biggest cheerleader when he won an Oscar for Argo, but c’mon. This casting news is the worst ever. Did the studio not watch Daredevil? That was a trainwreck and a half. I’m almost tempted not to watch the upcoming Man of Steel sequel because of this lapse in judgement.

“Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. 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 retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.” – director Zack Snyder

“We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular superheroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some,” said Greg Silverman, Warner Bros. president for creative development and worldwide production. “His outstanding career is a testament to his talent, and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character.”

How in the hell did Affleck beat out all the other rumored contenders? Whatever happened to Tyler Hoechlin? For that matter, Ryan Gosling, Joe Manganiello, Richard Armitage, Max Martini, Matthew Goode or even Joseph Gordon-Levitt? Back in July, bookies made Gordon-Levitt an early favorite to step into Christian Bale’s utility belt. Affleck’s name wasn’t even mentioned on a list of 15 possible Batman contenders reported by the London Guardian.

The movie, which is still untitled, is slated to begin production next year, and open in theaters on July 17, 2015. In a full circle kind of moment. Back in 2006, Affleck portrayed George Reeves, who famously played the Man of Steel on TV. What do you think of Affleck suiting up as the Caped Crusader? Sound off below.