LAS VEGAS (CBS Las Vegas/AP) — The Batman signal that shines so brightly on Gotham’s sky is now getting the attention of Ben Affleck to save the day, causing the social media universe to go batty over the decision.

Warner Bros. announced Thursday that  actor and director Ben Affleck will take the reins in the new film bringing Batman and Superman together. Last month at Comic-Con International in San Diego, director Zack Snyder revealed he was bringing the two superheroes together for this DC Comic mash-up which is set to be released in 2015.

The studio said Affleck will star opposite 30-year-old Henry Cavill, who will reprise his role as Superman from “Man of Steel.” The movie will also feature “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White and Diane Lane as Martha Kent.

Snyder, who will direct the sequel written by “Man of Steel” screenwriter David S. Goyer, said in a statement that Affleck will provide an “interesting counter-balance” to Cavill’s Clark Kent.

“(Affleck) 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,” said Snyder. “I can’t wait to work with him.”

After the announcement, fans began ranting on social media pages about the mockery of Ben Affleck being Batman.

And “Batman” himself was not impressed with Affleck playing him.

Many scoffed about his past super hero experience as Marvel’s “Daredevil” and the bombing of “Gigli.” In the land of Twitter, #betterbatmanthanBenAffleck even made it to number one of trending topics.

Affleck’s “Argo,” which he starred in and directed, won the Academy Award for best picture earlier this year.

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