The casting of Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne surprised everyone – in both good and bad ways. All of the previous actors who portrayed the vigilante hero on the big screen were in their 30’s when they took on the role. Affleck is 41 now and will be almost 43 when the film is released in 2015. But a Sept. 12 report from Slash Film says that director Zack Snyder will be taking a different approach to the character.
The currently untitled “Man of Steel” sequel, which will most likely be called “Batman vs. Superman,” will feature a Batman who is “kind of tired and weary and seasoned and been doing it for a while,” said Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara.
Tsujihara called Affleck “perfect for the vision.”
“We think it’s going to be huge,” he added.
It does make sense, then, to have an older actor to be taking on the role of Batman. Now, one has to wonder if Snyder and Christopher Nolan are going to adapt “The Dark Knight Returns” for this film. No word on if that is the approach that will be taken.
“Man of Steel” has, so far, grossed $690 million worldwide since its release in June.