Ben Affleck to Play Batman in Man of Steel Sequel


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That’s right folks you read that right.  Ben Affleck will be playing Batman, the Dark Knight, in the sequel to Man of Steel.  This isn’t speculation as Warner Brothers has confirmed the news in press release shown below.

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 studio has slated the film to open worldwide 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.”
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.

Let us know what you think of this news by leaving a comment below.  Obviously I was completely wrong based off my fantasy casting.  Right now I’m going to think a little bit before I jump to any conclusions.  But, if you want to hear some instant reaction the Legends Podcast crew has already done a special edition show based on this casting.  Check it out on the Gonna Geek network and be ready because I’m sure everyone will be talking about this news!

Chris Ferrell is a long time fan of just about all things geeky and nerdy. Growing up he was introduced to Star Trek, Star Wars, and video games by his father. Those hobbies stuck and he has just added to them since. Now Chris writes for Gonna Geek and co-hosts the Official Gonna Geek Podcast, All Things Good And Nerdy podcast, and WTWD Radio Free Woodbury.

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  1. Matthew Crowder Matthew Crowder says:

    I know we joked around about it over on ATGN a little bit but I still like this choice. Like I have said before I really liked your fantasy roster too, but it definitely intrigues me having a big name like Affleck in this role. I honestly didn’t think they would go with it but I am anxious to see how they bring it to life on screen.

  2. I’m happier with this than I thought I’d be. I think Affleck will be able to pull of the duality of Bruce Wayne/Batman better than Bale did. Or, at the very least, he’ll be be able to do it without making batman into a growling, lisping, caricature.

    Plus, I think he’ll work well opposite henry Cavill.

  3. Stephen Stephen says:

    I’m still firmly on the fence on this — but that’s not really a surprise. On the one hand I recognize he has the acting chops to pull this off – on the other hand, I haven’t seen work of his that would allow me to accurately compare to Batman. I guess I’ll just stay up here and wait for the movie, then I can see what side I come down on :D

  4. Scott Miller Scott Miller says:

    I don’t believe anybody has portrayed the definitive Batman in films. Ever. Bale wasn’t exactly Brando and the villains carried those movies for me. With that in mind though, this isn’t a Batman movie and Affleck has to deal with the very large presence of the strongest Superman I’ve ever seen on film. His power levels are through the roof, more accurate to the comics, and a threat for him would diminish Batman’s worth if he can’t embody the part. This will be the first time we can’t rely on Joker or Bane and need a strong performance from Bruce Wayne. If Affleck can stare down Darkseid and make him believe, then I’m all for it. I just don’t know if he can hang with Cavill’s Superman. I’m definitely hoping he can.

  5. I’m gonna put my 10 bucks down and bet that Affleck is going to be the best thing to happen to Batman since Mr. Mom. Count on it people.

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