After casting Ben Affleck as Batman in the Man of Steel sequel, it looked like Director Zack Snyder was headed straight for the guillotine. After angry mobs of comic book lovers and Batman loyalists took to Twitter back in August and hashtagged #betterbatmanthanbenaffleck all over it, Snyder was in desperate need of a miracle. It seemed impossible for him to win back the millions he had sent home impotent with that failure of a casting decision. But three months later, superhero art and Ebay have put him on the road to redemption.

In last week’s Q&A hosted by Kevin Smith, fans took a break from BattleCam and jerking off while mom does laundry, to let Zack Snyder, Henry Cavill (Superman), and Amy Adams (Lois Lane) cocktease them with subtle hints and incomplete answers about the Man of Steel sequel (unofficially dubbed Batman vs. Superman). They also announced that original artwork from Dave Correia, Alex Pardee, and Jonathan Wayshak would be auctioned on Ebay to benefit We Can Be Heroes, DC Entertainment’s hunger-fighting campaign. Snyder had approached the artists to create pieces inspired by the concept of Batman and Superman meeting on-screen for the first time ever. The results were good. Like $2,800-and-counting good. And most importantly, good enough for us to forgive Zack Snyder for casting the guy who once ruined Daredevil and made us watch Gigli.

While many may still believe that Nickelback would make a #betterbatmanthanbenaffleck, at least Snyder is serving a charitable cause with a superhero twist.

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