Warner Bros has announced today that Ben Affleck has been cast as Batman in the recently announced and as yet untitled Batman Vs. Superman movie that will serve as a sequel to MAN OF STEEL and a lead in to a possible JUSTICE LEAGUE franchise.
Affleck has actually played Superman in the past – at least as George Reeves, the actor from the 1950’s Adventures of Superman TV show in the 2006 movie about Reeves death, HOLLYWOODLAND.
Affleck has worn a mask before, in the 2003 version of Marvel’s DAREDEVIL. There were rumors last year that Warner Bros had tried to get Affleck to direct a Justice League film.
The new movie will be directed by Zack Snyder who had the following to say about Affleck donning the cowl:
“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.”
July 17, 2015 is when you can plan on seeing… well, whatever they’re planning on calling this thing.