[Movies] UPDATED: Ben Affleck To Play Batman in Man of Steel 2 Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 08.22.2013
More on the big announcement...
UPDATE: Variety has updated their story on Ben Affleck being cast as Batman for Man of Steel 2 with quotes from WB and director Zack Snyder:
Warner Bros. president Greg Silverman: "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."
Zack Snyder: "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."
The site also noted that, as previously reported late last year, WB courted Affleck to direct Justice League. Whether this will revive that possibility or not isn't yet known.
ORIGINAL: Ben Affleck is the new Batman. Variety reports that according to Warner Bros., Affleck will suit up as Batman in Man of Steel 2 opposite Henry Cavill as Superman.
Zack Snyder will return to direct the film, which is said to be "informed" by Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns comic book. The film will release on July 17, 2015.