I awoke this morning thankful and upbeat that it was Friday.

Then I checked one of my usual comic book fan sites and learned of the horrible news: Ben Affleck had been cast as The Batman in the 2015 sequel to Man of Steel.

I love comic books and superheroes, especially The Batman, Superman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Captain America, and Wolverine. But my favorite is The Batman. I own tons of Bat-merchandise in addition to comics. "My" Batman will always be Michael Keaton, since his was the version of the character that got me hooked. But I also loved Christian Bale's performance and the Chris Nolan films overall.

I rarely walk out of movies, and certainly never thought I'd walk out of a Batman movie. But I walked out of the abomination known as Batman and Robin. One of the worst things about that film was the miscasting of George Clooney as The Batman.

I never thought for a million years we'd ever get another HUGE miscasting of such a major character, but now we have Ben Affleck in the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman. He's a decent actor but a far better director in my opinion. There are dozens of actors who would be a better fit than Affleck, both known and unknown.

It turns out I'm not the only one that feels this way. Fox News reports that the phrase #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck was the top trending Twitter hash tag on Friday, with a multitude of users suggesting that anyone would be better as The Batman. One user even suggested "Chumlee from Pawn Stars #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck,"

Other better choices included Damon Wayons, singer Pink, "the guy who played the Beaver on 'Leave it to Beaver,'" Peewee Herman and Russell Brand.

While some fans took the news light, others are taking this more seriously; a petition quickly popped up on Change.org demanding Warner Bros. "Remove Ben Affleck as Batman/ Bruce Wayne." It had garnered nearly 2,000 signatures by early Friday morning. I made sure to sign the petition immediately.I was hugely disappointed by Man of Steel, which got the character of Superman/Clark Kent completely wrong. The only reason I was planning on seeing the sequel was because I'd hoped the new version of Batman would make everything better. I no longer plan to see the film; I'm voting with my wallet.I also want to give my suggestion for who would be better than Ben Affleck as The Batman: the Aflac spokesduck.

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