Who’s going to be cast as the latest Batman in the upcoming as-yet-untitled Batman/Superman movie? Ben Affleck, that’s who, and the flick will bring the two superheroes together in one movie for the first time ever.
British actor Henry Cavill will reprise his role he played in Man of Steel as Superman, and Zack Snyder, who directed Man of Steel, will also direct the one featuring the two popular DC Comics superheroes.
The flick will also feature Man of Steel stars Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White and Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Superman’s Earthly mother.
Filming of the movie is scheduled to begin next year, and it’s set to be released in theaters the summer of 2015.
According to Warner Brothers President Greg Silverman on the selection of Affleck, 41, for the role of Batman:
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.”
In a statement, besides calling Affleck an “interesting counter-balance” to Cavill’s Superman, Snyder also said of Affleck that 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.”
The president of worldwide marketing for Warner Bros., Sue Kroll, added:
He is a tremendously gifted actor who will make this role his own in this already much-anticipated pairing of these two beloved heroes.”
The role of the Caped Crusader, Batman, was most recently played by Christian Bale in director Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.
Batman has been also played by actors such as George Clooney and Michael Keaton.
Besides most recently having directed Argo, Ben Affleck has been in many films, and he was even a superhero in one, playing the blind lawyer/hero Daredevil in an underrated 2003 Marvel Comics movie.
The DC Comics universe, of which Batman and Superman are cornerstones, is a part of the Warner Brothers Entertainment division, and both have proven to be extremely profitable superheroes for the movie company.
In recent years alone, flicks featuring the two movie superhero icons have grossed over one billion dollars.
The superhero film is being written by David S. Goyer. He’s writing the script from a story he co-created with Snyder. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are co-producing, and Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan and Wesley Coller are serving as the film’s executive producers.
Ben Affleck will carry on the memorable legacy of remarkable actors who have donned the cape and cowl of the Dark Knight, and his being cast as Batman is a good early indication that the upcoming Batman/Superman movie will be another blockbuster for Warner Brothers.
Written by: Douglas Cobb