Headlines indicating "Ben Affleck as Batman" have made news today, as it appears the actor will become the new Caped Crusader for film, following in the footsteps of Christian Bale. Affleck will reportedly take on the role for an upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel movie, which will have a Batman vs. Superman theme.
According to an NBC News report on Aug. 23, Warner Bros. released a statement to let everyone know of the big news that the recent Oscar-winning director for "Argo," will now take on yet another superhero role. Affleck previously played the role of "Daredevil," in a film some viewers may consider forgettable.
Warner Bros. said in their recently-released announcement:
"Affleck and filmmaker Zack Snyder will create an entirely new incarnation of the character in Snyder’s as-yet-untitled project — bringing Batman and Superman together for the first time on the big screen and continuing the director’s vision of their universe, which he established in 'Man of Steel.'"
Reprising the role of Superman in the upcoming sequel to "Man of Steel" will be actor Henry Cavill. Cavill played the role in the reboot film, taking over for actor Brandon Routh who was in the 2006 reboot from Bryan Singer. The "Man of Steel" film showed in both regular and 3-D versions around the globe and took in a box office haul of $649,260,857, more than double the film's estimated budget.
The movie sequel will focus on a Batman vs. Superman battle, and could also lead into a "Justice League" film, which has been rumored for a while. The "Justice League" would focus on the assembly of various DC heroes including the two major heroes, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aquaman, and others.
The title character of Batman, adapted from the DC comic books, has had a range of actors who have portrayed the superhero on TV and film. Adam West famously took on the part in the televised series on ABC from 1966 to 1968. Michael Keaton became the Caped Crusader in two films from director Timothy Burton which had success. A third film was released which starred Val Kilmer in the role, followed by one starring George Clooney.
Most recently, actor Christian Bale put on the mask and cape for Christopher Nolan's wildly popular "Dark Knight" trilogy which ended with Bale saying he would no longer play the role in future films. There had been rumors he might return for an upcoming "Justice League" film. Other rumors suggested Joseph Gordon Levitt might take over as Batman, after he played an interesting role in "The Dark Knight Rises" film finale. It seems these ongoing rumors may have been put to rest with Affleck's hiring on for the upcoming film.
With the news of Ben Affleck signing on as Batman, it has had fans buzzing on the internet. The terms "Ben Affleck as Batman," Superman, "#Batfleck" and "#BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck" all were top United States trends on Twitter on Friday. The latter has had fans tweeting who they'd rather see play the role in the new movie with choices ranging from actor Ed Helms to "the dog from 'Turner & Hooch.'"
As of this report, the unnamed "Man of Steel" sequel starring Henry Cavill as Superman and Affleck as Batman will release in the summer of 2015, which happens to be around the same time that Marvel's "Avengers" sequel will also arrive to theaters.
Movie fans, will Ben Affleck be able to deliver as Batman, or did they make the wrong choice here?