Ben Affleck is Batman in Man of Steel Sequel

Posted by The Daily Zombies Saturday, August 24, 2013

Brace yourself for an unexpected announcement: Ben Affleck is the Goddamn Batman in Zack Snyder's upcoming sequel to Man of Steel that will unite Superman and Batman on the big screen for the very first time. 

Yes, it is true. The actor who infamously donned the crimson get-up of Marvel's Man Without Fear in Mark Steven Johnson's Daredevil (and bagging the Worst Actor from the Golden Raspberry Awards for his effort in the trainwreck comic book adaptation) and miraculously turned his career around with his directorial works (with last year's Argo taking home the Academy Awards for Best Picture) will be the Goddamn Batman in the untitled sequel to Zack Snyder's Man of Steel.

As announced by Warner Bros. Pictures, here's the official press release:

The Oscar®-winning star joins Henry Cavill in the first ever onscreen match-up 

of DC Comics’ most iconic characters.

BURBANK, CA, August 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 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.

That's Affleck taking on the role of Superman as the actor George Reeves in 2006's Hollywoodland. 

While the press release is not exactly informative apart from confirming the casting, it did confirm the earlier rumor that this new version of Batman would be a veteran at what he does and will guiding the young Superman portrayed by Henry Cavill with Snyder indicating the character as “a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter”.  

With the controversial choice of cast, the online legions have risen up in mostly outrage. Nonetheless, like what IGN observed, the dismal backlash is intriguingly similar to the time when Heath Ledger was first confirmed as The Joker (click to enlarge the screenshot of comments) in 2008's The Dark Knight. 

And I personally must admit that I was one of the doubters for Ledger's casting back in 2006 and was absolutely stunned by his astonishing award-winning performance as The Joker. Once again, I don't have a good vibe from this particular choice for Affleck to step in as The Dark Knight. Nevertheless, everybody's a critic these days when it comes to casting choices, and this is especially so for an iconic character like Batman. Therefore, it would only be wise for us to keep our fingers crossed for this one instead of joining the legion of trolls out there.


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