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14/05/2014 07:43 BST | Updated 14/05/2014 13:59 BST

Ben Affleck's Batman Photo Branded 'Fat' By Film Fans On Twitter

Ben Affleck’s first photo as Batman has received a mixed reaction from users on Twitter, with many commenting on the star’s weight.

It was announced last year that Ben would be taking on the role of Batman in 'Batman vs. Superman' and on Tuesday afternoon the film’s director Zack Snyder shared the first ever photo of Ben in his Batman costume.

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Ben Affleck as Batman

The photo has since been retweeted over 42,000 times in less than 24 hours, though it has received of a mixed reaction, with some fans of the ‘Batman’ franchise complaining that Ben is looking a little heavy...

While we’ll admit Ben may be looking a little on the ‘stocky’ side, calling him 'fat' may be a step too far and a number of Twitter users have hit back at the comments.

Several fans of the actor leapt to Ben's defense, including the ones below...

Anyone excited to see Ben in action has a long wait ahead, as the forthcoming film - which will also see Amy Adams reprise the role of Lois Lane and Gal Gadot make her debut as Wonder Woman - is not scheduled for release until 2016.

Val Kilmer and George Clooney have previously played the superhero, though this newly released photo suggests the new movie will focus on the darker elements, as seen when Christian Bale took on the role in Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy.

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