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Stan Lee backs Ben Affleck as Batman after backlash

Stan Lee, whose comic book creations include Spider-Man, the Hulk and Iron Man, thinks Ben Affleck's casting is "a good idea". Credit: Reuters

Spider-Man creator Stan Lee has thrown his comic book weight behind the the appointment of Ben Affleck as Batman in the next Superman film after the choice of the actor received a backlash from movie fans.

More than 92,000 people have signed an online petition calling for Warner Brothers to drop the former Daredevil star from the Man of Steel sequel, but Mr Lee will clearly not be signing it.

“I’m one of the few people who think it’s a good idea,” he told the Wall Street Journal. “Ben Affleck is a good actor, and a good director, and I think he’ll surprise a lot of people.”

Anti-Affleck as Batman petition collects 60k signatures

A petition against the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman in the sequel to Man of Steel has fetched over 60,000 signatures.

The petition criticised Affleck for his acting ability and implored Warner Bros to consider someone else.

More than 60,000 sign anti-Affleck Batman petition. Credit: Change.org

The creator of the petition, John Roden, said he respected Affleck's work but felt he was "inappropriate for the role".

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Ben Affleck to play Batman in Man of Steel sequel

Actor-director Ben Affleck will star as a new incarnation of the Dark Knight. Credit: Lionel Hahn/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

Ben Affleck will star as a new incarnation of the Dark Knight in a film bringing Batman and Superman together, Warner Bros announced.

The studio said Affleck will star alongside Henry Cavill, reprising his role as Superman from Man of Steel.

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Pow! Bam! Batman theme tune performed by real bats

A group of musicians have used the sounds bats make to give the Caped Crusader's theme tune a makeover.

Bats produce noises that are not usually audible to humans but the group recorded the mammals in the wild and then digitally reduced the sounds to create their masterpiece.

The end result is a techno-style Batman theme tune that sits better with Adam West's 1960s camp version of the Caped Crusader than Christian Bale's dark and broody reincarnation.

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The six-year-old Batman with his very own Batmobile

Superhero Alfie with his grandad Alan Dennett Credit: Wales News Service
Alfie with his grandad Alan Dennett and the Batmobile Credit: Wales News Service
Alfie looks the part in his Batmobile Credit: Wales News Service
Alfie makes use of the in-built Batmobile phone Credit: Wales News Service

It cost £5,000 and started life as a Daihatsu, but after some work from Alan Dennet, this four-wheeled wonder became a Batmobile. The proud owner is six-year-old superhero enthusiast Alfie, Alan's grandson.

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Bradford Batman goes to court

Stan Worby (Batman) escorts Daniel Frayne to his local police station.

Daniel Frayne, the man handed over to police by a friend dressed as Batman has pleaded guilty to two offences at Bradford magistrates court. Frayne,27, admitted trying to cash a stolen cheque worth 300 pounds.

Stan Worby, who wore a Batman costume when he handed Frayne in came with him to court today, in regular clothes.

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