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First look at Ben Affleck in 'Batman vs. Superman'

By Breeanna Hare, CNN
updated 3:35 PM EDT, Tue May 13, 2014
The announced casting choice of Ben Affleck to play Batman in the upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel stirred lots of debate and produced the Twitter trend <a href='https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck&amp;src=typd' target='_blank'>#BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck</a>. Here's a look at those who could have played Batman on the big screen ... The announced casting choice of Ben Affleck to play Batman in the upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel stirred lots of debate and produced the Twitter trend #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck. Here's a look at those who could have played Batman on the big screen ...
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Josh Brolin
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Director Zack Snyder tweets image of Ben Affleck as new Batman
  • The casting of Affleck in "Man of Steel" sequel has sparked controversy
  • The film is expected in 2016

(CNN) -- And we thought Christian Bale's Batman was buff.

Director Zack Snyder showed off his version of the crime-fighting superhero Tuesday on Twitter with the first images of Ben Affleck as Batman in the upcoming sequel to "Man of Steel."

Snyder teased on Monday that a reveal of the Batmobile was coming, but he snuck in a look at Affleck as a surprise.

The project, which is being referred to as "Batman vs. Superman," is the first time the two superheroes will be on the big screen together.

Henry Cavill, who bore the "S" on his chest for "Man of Steel," will again play the man from Krypton.

Given how controversial Affleck's casting was, it's no surprise that critics have been eager to weigh in. But to some, it wasn't as bad as they thought it would be.

What do you think of Affleck as the new Dark Knight? Snyder's "Man of Steel" sequel is scheduled to arrive in theaters in May 2016.

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