That Time When President Elect Donald Trump Endorsed Ben Affleck's Batman

On August 22, 2013, Warner Bros. officially announced that Ben Affleck would play The Dark [...]

On August 22, 2013, Warner Bros. officially announced that Ben Affleck would play The Dark Knight/Bruce Wayne in Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Shortly after the announcement was made, the internet instantly exploded with reactions to Batfleck. While some responses were positive, the majority were skeptical or downright negative, bringing up his poorly-received performances in Daredevil and Gigli.

Once the film went into production and official photos and footage started to come out, more people began to open their minds to the possibility that Affleck might be a good fit for the superhero role. And once Batman v Superman came out, even though it was savagely-mauled by critics, most people ended up leaving the theater with a very favorable opinion of Affleck's older, war-weary Caped Crusader.

One of the people that had faith in Affleck from the get-go may surprise many of you: Donald J. Trump. Yup, the recently-elected president offered Batfleck his support a month after he was cast. "Everyone should calm down," Trump tweeted. "Ben Affleck is going to do a great job as Batman."


Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman's selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

The film is being directed by Zack Snyder, based on a screenplay by Chris Terrio. The cast features Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash, Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, J. K. Simmons as Commissioner James Gordon, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Amber Heard as Mera, Ciaran Hinds as Steppenwolf, and Kiersey Clemons as Iris West.

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Justice League will open in theaters on November 17, 2017.