Ben Affleck to play Batman in 2015 Superman sequel

 
Ben Affleck at GQ Men of the Year Party on 13 November 2012

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Ben Affleck has been cast as Batman in a forthcoming Superman sequel, bringing together the two superheroes in one film for the first time.

The 41-year-old will star opposite British actor Henry Cavill, who will reprise his role as Superman from the most recent film, Man of Steel.

Director Zack Snyder revealed the big screen superhero mash-up at a comic convention in San Diego last month.

Production is expected to begin next year for release in the summer of 2015.

"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," Warner Bros President Greg Silverman said in a statement.

Mr Snyder, who also directed Man of Steel, said in a statement that Mr Affleck will provide an "interesting counter-balance" to 31-year old Cavill's Clark Kent.

"(Affleck) 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," said Snyder. "I can't wait to work with him."

The sequel - which has yet to be given a title - will reunite Man of Steel stars Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Laurence Fishburne (Perry White) and Diane Lane (Martha Kent).

Batman and Superman The two superheroes will debut in the same film in 2015

Christian Bale most recently played Batman in director Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy.

Michael Keaton and George Clooney have also donned the black mask and cape in previous Batman films.

Ben Affleck's film Argo, which he starred in and directed, won an Academy Award for best picture earlier this year.

The superhero genre is not new to Mr Affleck, who previously starred as the blind hero in the 2003 Daredevil film based on the Marvel Comics.

Batman and Superman are part of DC Comics universe, which is part of the Warner Bros Entertainment division.

Revenues from the latest films featuring Superman and Batman have exceeded $1bn (£655m) in recent years.

 

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 372.

    Truth is the European version of Batman is not the same as the American version of Batman

    Europeans want dark
    Americans want light

    We are just two very different kinds of people in that aspect

    The last three Batman movies remind me of tv show Criminal Intent
    which is also simply too dark for me to watch

    But if anybody can save Batman, its Ben Affleck

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    Comment number 351.

    I think he's a good choice and wasn't as bad as people make out as Daredevil. He can do the charm of Bruce Wayne and the grim determination of Batman. Just don't copy Bale's silly Batman voice and that'll be a good start.

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    Comment number 297.

    A bold choice and a great one too. I loved Ben in Daredevil and think he'll be a great Bruce Wayne/Batman. I wish him and Henry the best of luck for this. I can't wait and hope Ben is a hit like Robert Downey Jr has been for Marvel.

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    Comment number 270.

    i don't have a problem with a duo superhero film, even though batman does not have any superhero powers, he is a detective and a knight. there are plenty of superman-batman stories that are good, especially the ones where superman goes dark as was hinted at in the man of steel film. bring it on and make a film that can be really dark and powerfull

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    Comment number 220.

    This is taking the mickey out of superhero films. You can only have one per film, otherwise it loses the dynamic. It's silly. I wonder what the wonderful Christopher Reeve, the best of them all, would have made of this. Not a lot, I would imagine.

 

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