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Over the weekend the internet literally almost broke when it was announced that Ben Affleck would be playing Batman in the upcoming Superman vs Batman movie. Admittedly, Ben Affleck is not our first choice to play the Dark Knight. However, it could have been a whole lot worse. How worse you ask? Well here are seven actors that were rumored to be up for the part of Batman who would have been worse than Ben Affleck.

7. Josh Brolin

Rumor has it that the director was looking for an older actor (in their 40s) to play Batman. Josh Brolin fit the bill and had the acting abilities to play both the caped crusader and his rich alter-ego, Bruce Wayne. Brolin was a choice that we could get excited about, however, he is a busy guy and if he opted to do this movie we likely would have to wait another five years before we see the sequel to Sin City.

6. Joe Manganiello

A resident werewolf on HBO’s True Blood, Joe Manganiello was rumored to be director Zack Snyder’s personal favorite choice to play Batman. However, with a big budget movie like this the director rarely has the final say and as we all know now it is Affleck who is going to be Batman.

While we would have been willing to give Manganiello a chance, he likely did not possess the acting range required to play both the playboy Bruce Wayne and the brooding, vengeful Dark Knight. Thankfully, we will not be rolling the dice to find out.

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