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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    Comment number 391.

    If anybody can damage Batman even further, it's Ben Affleck. I can't see this working out, if the franchise is so successful, why change the leading role.

    What next, Pirates of the Caribbean without Johnny Depp.

    I've read Batman for years. As far as I know, there aren't any regional versions of Batman. There are however, elseworlds and the one-shots, and the issue of Just Imagine/What If.

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    Comment number 390.

    @387.LucyJ -

    With every new post you make on this HYS you more ignorance of the subject material.

    As you (quite rightly) stated Batman is pure American.

    Therefore stating the recent films are a "European version" is totally contradictory.

    And you obviously haven't read the graphic novels otherwise you'd know the source material is dark, and negative. Don't comment further until you have.

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    Comment number 389.


    We have two HYS threads wasted on Entertainment and the Arts (aka Celebrities). One is about some BBC "starlet" not using an apostrophe and the other is about who is going to play a character out of a childrens' comic in the next mind-numbing but cash-generating film.

    We have surpassed our capacity for intellectual debate today, and no mistake!

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    Comment number 388.

    @steve, right, because no recent film has had more than one hero and still made $1.4 billion dollars with 92% on Rotten Tomatoes.

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    Comment number 387.

    Raven: First you say "the European version of Batman"

    The last three films were done by a British director/writer and Batman played by a British actor

    So I consider the last three films the European version of Batman

    All the ones before that were the American version of Batman

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    Comment number 386.

    NOOOOOOOO! He was rubbish as Daredevil :-(

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    Comment number 385.

    Well, I for one feel that it's about time the DC fans had one of their heroes ruined by Ben Affleck. After all, the Marvel fans had to put up with him shafting Daredevil - what makes the DC fanboys so special?!

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    Comment number 384.

    Val Kilmer would have been a better choice.

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    Comment number 383.

    @382.LucyJ - go away. You're trolling.

    First you say "the European version of Batman"

    Then you say "Batman is pure American"

    If he's pure American then there is not an sort of European or other version of him.

    So, either you're trolling.

    Or just plain ignorant.

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    Comment number 382.

    Jack: Batman is pure American

    Ben Affleck is one of the best actors in USA
    so to get him for this part is incredibly lucky
    b/c you are getting a huge piece of Americana w/ it

    Affleck always gives his all so he is going to put in one whopper of a performance

    It will only make Cavill into a better actor after having worked with him

    I look forward to this new film with an open mind

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    Comment number 381.

    There is only 1 batman and that's the one from the comics. The movies and tv shows were based on him. Like it or not the Christopher Nolan version was the closest to the comics and like it or not I doubt Affleck can live up to this. The masses have spoken because while batman has always been popular he's been far more popular in the Dark Knight Trilogy.....not opinion just fact, check the figures

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    Comment number 380.

    I couldn't think of a worse choice, as much as I like Affleck he isn't Batman, but after Man of steel who cares what the sequel is like, it was terrible.
    Batman on film died after Nolan's trilogy

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    Comment number 379.

    30 Minutes ago
    Truth is the European version of Batman is not the same as the American version of Batman


    What on earth are you talking about. There is no 'European version of Batman'.

    The whole world reads the same comics, all published in the US.

    Batman is pure American pop-culture, for many of us thats part of the appeal.

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    Comment number 378.

    poor choice. his Daredevil performance is not well liked at all. He might be ok as batman if he just has to look mean and brooding, but the film will rely a lot on the chemistry between him and Henry Cavill which i dont think Afflick as an actor is suited to.

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    Comment number 377.

    McF: sadly you are missing the point completely

    Am I?

    I want to laugh, have fun and feel good after a movie

    Perhaps I am not strong enough b/c my heart is too soft

    I miss when USA and the world used to make more comedies

    McF: Please read the comics

    I know some of the comics are very dark and you are correct on this

    However is that really what you want to see?

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    Comment number 376.

    Have they confirmed Matt Damon as robin yet?

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    Comment number 375.

    Here's hoping.....Affleck is a great actor, so he may be brilliant. I'll wait till I see it to judge. Amy Adams is in the movie, so that's all that really matters anyways. ;)

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    Comment number 374.

    372. LucyJ... What the HELL are you talking about?! Haha, I mean seriously. Seriously! Face palm

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    Comment number 373.

    The Daredevil movie (Directors Cut) isn't actually that bad. It was murdered during editing, with a lot of the Matt Murdock (Daredevil's blind lawyer alter-ego) scenes ending up on the floor.
    Zack Snyder hasn't missed yet, so I'm expecting good things.
    Essentially, we do not need an origin story, aside from the formation of the Justice League.
    Plus we get to see Bats kick Superman's tail.

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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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