Ben Affleck Named 'Batman' For MAN OF STEEL Sequel; WB Announces July 2015 Release Date

Breaking news! Warner Bros. announces that two-time Academy Award-winning Argo actor and director Ben Affleck is set to play Bruce Wayne alongside Henry Cavill in the Man of Steel follow-up!

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 8/22/2013

Ending weeks of speculation, Ben Affleck has been set to star as Batman, a.k.a. Bruce Wayne. Affleck and filmmaker Zack Snyder will create an entirely new incarnation of the character in Snyder’s as-yet-untitled project—bringing Batman and Superman together for the first time on the big screen and continuing the director’s vision of their universe, which he established in “Man of Steel.” The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. The film is slated to open on July 17, 2015.

Last month’s surprise announcement of the new movie featuring both Superman and Batman created a wave of excitement and immediately fueled discussion and debate—among fans as well as in the media—about who would put on the cape and cowl of Bruce Wayne’s alter ego.

Snyder successfully re-imagined the origin of Clark Kent/Superman in the worldwide blockbuster “Man of Steel,” which has earned more than $650 million worldwide to date, and climbing. The director will now create an original vision of Batman and his world for the film that brings the two DC Comics icons together. Affleck will star opposite Henry Cavill, who will reprise the role of Superman/Clark Kent. The film will also reunite “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

In the announcement, Silverman stated, “We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some. His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character.” Snyder also expressed his excitement about the casting of Affleck, noting, “Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.”

Sue Kroll added, “We are so thrilled that Ben is continuing Warner Bros.’ remarkable legacy with the character of Batman. He is a tremendously gifted actor who will make this role his own in this already much-anticipated pairing of these two beloved heroes.”

Affleck recently starred in the Academy Award®-winning Best Picture “Argo,” which he also directed and produced, earning acclaim and a BAFTA Award nomination for his performance in the film, as well as a number of directing honors. In 2010, he starred in and directed the hit crime thriller “The Town.” His recent acting work also includes “The Company Men,” “State of Play,” and “Hollywoodland,” for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. Earlier in his career, Affleck starred in and co-wrote (with Matt Damon) “Good Will Hunting,” for which he won an Oscar® for Best Original Screenplay.

The new Super Hero film is being scripted by David S. Goyer from a story he co-created with Zack Snyder. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan and Wesley Coller serving as executive producers. Production is expected to begin in 2014. The film is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, and Batman characters created by Bob Kane, published by DC Entertainment. What do you think?

Source: Warner Bros
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MisterNiceGuy - 8/22/2013, 6:20 PM
KingPatel - 8/22/2013, 6:20 PM
Damn, just posted this, but you beat me to it. Haha. Sweet, now I'm really looking forward to this! Affleck's a good choice!
DeathstrokeRulez469 - 8/22/2013, 6:20 PM
Woah,my mind is blown..... O___O
NBAfanaddict - 8/22/2013, 6:21 PM
Wiig WTF?
MisterNiceGuy - 8/22/2013, 6:21 PM
This is going to be a great thread
DaenerysTargaryen - 8/22/2013, 6:21 PM
NBAfanaddict - 8/22/2013, 6:21 PM
Thought Ben wasn't doing superhero stuff anymore??
jlabatman - 8/22/2013, 6:21 PM
RaythBane - 8/22/2013, 6:21 PM
Holy Frack!!
Reasonnnn - 8/22/2013, 6:21 PM
Lmao great director but c'mon now. Marvel >
TheOneAboveAll - 8/22/2013, 6:21 PM
uhhh... okay. Prepare for epic shitstorm in 3...2...1...
santoanderson - 8/22/2013, 6:21 PM
Ten years ago I would've scoffed at this news, but hey, after his recent directorial efforts I've gained new respect for him. They could've picked MUCH worse.
NBAfanaddict - 8/22/2013, 6:21 PM
VaCubFan - 8/22/2013, 6:22 PM
i see lots of "well, i'm a director too, see my Oscar? I think we should do it like this...." head-butting
Ryden - 8/22/2013, 6:22 PM
NO. No way, this has got to be a joke surely? I mean, BEN AFFLECK? BEN AFFLECK!?!?!?!? No way. I refuse to believe it.
MisterNiceGuy - 8/22/2013, 6:22 PM
Time to sit back and watch the Flamewar

DrDoom - 8/22/2013, 6:22 PM
jlabatman - 8/22/2013, 6:23 PM
Did not see this coming at all!
Wildaniel - 8/22/2013, 6:23 PM
eyesore - 8/22/2013, 6:23 PM
Didn't see that one coming....I mean, not at all.
DrVenkman - 8/22/2013, 6:23 PM
God dammit
ScottMontgomery - 8/22/2013, 6:23 PM
Wildaniel - 8/22/2013, 6:23 PM
Mego - 8/22/2013, 6:23 PM
Didn't see that coming but if true he can do a great job. DD wasn't his fault.
faver - 8/22/2013, 6:23 PM
When I saw the first report I couldn't believe it. I never thought they would go with an actor like him. I'm excited I think. I still haven't fully processed this news.
Tainted87 - 8/22/2013, 6:23 PM
F*cking awesome!
I hope this is completely genuine, it'd be so badass.
MagicStingRay - 8/22/2013, 6:23 PM
LucasMend - 8/22/2013, 6:23 PM
Depressive batman.
Wildaniel - 8/22/2013, 6:23 PM
ScottMontgomery - 8/22/2013, 6:24 PM
what? is?
ScottMontgomery - 8/22/2013, 6:24 PM
MisterNiceGuy - 8/22/2013, 6:24 PM
Spidey10 - 8/22/2013, 6:24 PM
WhoDaFoo - 8/22/2013, 6:24 PM
YES!!!! Though i was expecting a younger actor for loads of sequels, this is friggin perfect casting! I was still pulling for Affleck to be the Flash!
NBAfanaddict - 8/22/2013, 6:24 PM
I think he's a decent actor. He might be able to pull this off. But holy cow, I didn't see this coming.
MBZ1993 - 8/22/2013, 6:24 PM
interesting very interesting
Gmoney84 - 8/22/2013, 6:25 PM
LordoftheThrones26 - 8/22/2013, 6:25 PM
weareanydaynow - 8/22/2013, 6:25 PM
Kevin smith is talking about it on twitter, he's friends with Ben... looks true.
SamM - 8/22/2013, 6:25 PM
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