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 471.

    467. Is that you Patton Oswalt? Are you trying another filibuster?

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    Comment number 470.

    @468.Atheissimo
    "I think it's refreshing to be able to discuss something on the BBC that doesn't become an EDL vs Guardian slanging match."

    Agreed. But discussing the lead in a Batman movie? Come on, you can do better than that...

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    Comment number 469.

    Do even comic book threads have trolls ? Surely he must have some one else he can bore with his 'wit'.....?

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    Comment number 468.

    @ 467

    Biting satire.

    But seriously, why don't you go and comment on something YOU like. I think it's refreshing to be able to discuss something on the BBC that doesn't become an EDL vs Guardian slanging match.

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    Comment number 467.

    Ooh ooh, how 'bout Batman teams up with the the prince from Beauty and the Beast. And then, like, we could have the seven dwarves - all with different superpowers - wicked man. And ooh ooh, let's have, like, Dredd & Terminator & Alien as well, like, you know. And yeah, Superman could have special green blood that is, er, special, & er, green. Wow, THAT's a film - ooh ooh, think I've wet myself.

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    Comment number 466.

    Lucy J - to clarify, Batman IS dark. Hence 'the dark knight'. A hero born out of feelings resulting from the murder of his parents isn't exactly Disney. And given the American ticket sales for Christopher Nolan's recent trilogy of bat-films, I'm not sure your assertion that "Americans want light" is entirely correct.

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    Comment number 465.

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    PaulSkev
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    I think it might be time for the Batman and Judge Dredd team up to also make it to the big screen.
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    Amen to that.

    There's a 4 film series in just that crossover, considering there were 4 graphic novels featuring Batman and Dredd printed between 1991 and 1998. I bought the first 3 of them at the time, never got around to getting the 4th.

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    Comment number 464.

    I'd like to see Clayface as a villain at some point. Not that he is a match for superman, but I think he could offer a very suspensful storyline.

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    Comment number 463.

    I think it might be time for the Batman and Judge Dredd team up to also make it to the big screen.

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    Comment number 462.

    Realise I'm in the minority also on this but I see no reason why Affleck can't be a perfectly good batman.....it's not exactly Othello we are talking here....

    More important is a really good storyline and villain......which is why I say it's time to bring back the Joker....

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    Comment number 461.

    I think it could be really interesting to see them both pursuing a threat separately using their individual skills/abilities, and then intersect just when things are getting really grim. Of course, they won’t like each other, being polar opposites, but they will respect each other.

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    Comment number 460.

    At last! We might have a Superman movie that isn't just another re-working of the same-old "Superman origins" story. I don't care who plays which role as long as they do a good job and the story is decent (in terms of quality, not child-friendliness). Superman is boring, at least the inclusion of Batman might spice it up a bit.

    Bring on the dark knight and save us from bland focus groups.

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    Comment number 459.

    Joker, on principle this must be a contacts over talent.

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    Comment number 458.

    My worry about this movie is that it will be essentially a superman movie where Batman is a secondary (albeit important) character. Now I'm sure most true comic fans would love it to follow the super dark Frank Miller plot line where Batman is a true vigilante and Superman is cast as a government lackey (almost the bad guy).

    Now I just can't see the Hollywood bean-counters going for that....

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    Comment number 457.

    Ok.....for those of you who are not comic book or superhero movie fans here is a thought......you don't need to be on this thread......go and watch/do something else you enjoy and let the rest of us get on with a discussion about something we care about ok.....?.......good. Fine. Lets move on.....

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    Comment number 456.

    Del Trotter for me :-)

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    Comment number 455.

    Great to see Batman and Superman in the same story - used to happen a lot in the comics. As for two superheros in one film being too many, wait until they make a film with 20 or 30 of them in based on the Legion of Super Heroes - with Monel (same powers as superman, but only available one at a time, Duplicate Damsel who can split into copies of herself, Shadow Lass with power of night and more!

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    Comment number 454.

    @Rybo
    True, but the fact that there are two heroes in this means that the film is, at least, going to deviate from the standard "bad guy appears, wins for a bit, hero has a personal revelation, SFX ensue" plotline. I hope. I mean, if they take some of the themes from Dark Knight (the comic) that would be nice.

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    Comment number 453.

    Surely it's Superman starring in a Batman film?

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    Comment number 452.

    @320 "After all, all these comic books were written in America for+about Americans"

    Actually, more than a few were written in the UK (their artwork done here, too).

 

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