(CNN) — Depending on your definition of "seasoned superhero," that phrase could either mean an accomplished pro, "tired and weary," or some combination of both.
It sounds like Warner Bros. is applying the latter to its description of Ben Affleck's Batman, who will appear in 2015's Batman vs. Superman movie.
According to industry paper Variety, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara told investors at a Thursday meeting that Affleck's take on the caped crusader will be "tired and weary and seasoned, (having been) doing it for awhile."
While that might not inspire a lot of confidence in fans who've criticized the studio's choice to put Affleck in the role, Tsujihara is taking the intense and heated reaction -- there was even a petition involved -- as a good thing.
“We think it’s the perfect springboard for Batman and Superman,” the exec said. “Ben is perfect for the vision (director) Zack (Snyder) has for that character. The fact that you saw such a passionate response in the blogosphere is really kind of a testament to the love that people have for this character.”
The follow-up to this summer's "Man of Steel," which will again star Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White and Diane Lane as Martha Kent, is scheduled to bow on July 17, 2015.