While certainly not a new trend, petitions created by fans to voice their displeasure with a pop culture franchise has been on the rise over the last several years. We saw it this weekend with a controversial Game of Thrones petition to remake Season 8 with new writers gaining over one million signatures on change.org, and now multiple petitions have popped up against reports of Robert Pattinson being cast in Matt Reeves' The Batman.
The case against Pattinson has actually spawned four different change.org petitions, which is only succeeding in segmenting the signing population.
The first petition invokes the "Batfleck" nickname, which grew in the lexicon after Ben Affleck was announced as the new Batman in the DC Extended Universe. "Don't make the Batfleck mistake again," the petition reads. "Don't do it. For the love of all that is holy, stop trashing the DC Universe."
Change.org's second petition comes from someone who is firmly in the "Armie Hammer should be Batman" camp. "To cast Robert Pattinson or anyone other than Armie Hammer at this point would be a joke," the petition author said.
Petition Number 3 says, "There’s no way Robert Pattinson should play Batman. This is a complete joke! This would be the worst casting ever for the dark knight," and the fourth petition claims, "The problem is self explanatory."
There are also other reports stating Hammer, Nicholas Hoult and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are also still in consideration for the role of the Dark Knight.
The Batman is directed by Matt Reeves, who will also produce alongside Dylan Clark. The film is scheduled to be released on June 25, 2021.