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Why is Ben Affleck such a sad Batman? Here are some answers

Is it because his ears are so tiny?


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw


Posted on May 13, 2014   Updated on May 31, 2021, 7:53 am CDT

Poor Batman. He is very sad. His parents are dead, and he’s a man in a bat costume with a serious phobia of bats.

Batman really doesn’t have many reasons to smile, except perhaps because he’s a handsome multimillionaire with a cool car collection and luxurious mansion full of secret passageways. But seriously. His life is very hard. You can tell because his latest Twitter selfie is a total downer.

No sooner had Batman/Superman director Zack Snyder tweeted his first picture of Ben Affleck as Batman, than hundreds of fans realized that the photo kind of makes Batfleck look like a sulky, miserable toddler. And thus, #SadBatman was born.


— Robyn Elton (@binweasel) May 13, 2014

My sammich #sadbatman

— AKIRA THE DON (@akirathedon) May 13, 2014

WHY SO SAD? #sadbatman

— AKIRA THE DON (@akirathedon) May 13, 2014

Twins. #sadbatman

— Thierry (@tcote) May 13, 2014

LOL small ears. #SADBATMAN

— AKIRA THE DON (@akirathedon) May 13, 2014

We’ve already commented on Batfleck’s adorable little bat-ears, so it feels fitting to end this tale of Sad Batman woe on a slightly more upbeat note. The best interpretation of this new photo is that he isn’t Batman, but Catman—hence the ears. The only reason we couldn’t tell this was because Zack Snyder posted the photo in black and white, but Twitter user @Syncos2 fixed that for you.

Oh, Catman. Cheer up.

@GailSimone I know, right!? It’s -really- obvious in the colour version!

— Mike (@Syncos2) May 13, 2014

Photo via ZackSnyder/Twitter

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*First Published: May 13, 2014, 3:58 pm CDT