Ben Affleck as Batman: Actor to “bring new dimension” to character
Ben Affleck is set to play Batman in Warner Brothers’ “Men of Steel” sequel, the studio has announced, ending the speculation since Comic-Con about who would fill the iconic role. This film, to be directed by Zack Snyder, will bring Batman and Superman on screen together for the first time, said the Hollywood Reporter on Thursday, Aug. 22.
"We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics' most enduringly popular superheroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some. His outstanding career is a testament to his talent, and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character," said Greg Silverman, president of creative development and worldwide production at Warner Brothers.
Just a decade ago, Affleck played Daredevil for a disappointing run, and he has already tried his hand at playing the actor (George Reeves) who played Superman. But this time the producers think they have it right.
"Ben provides an interesting counterbalance to Henry [Cavill]'s Superman,” says Snyder. “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."
Put that way, the whole project seems to have a chance. A veteran crime-fighter with a Batmobile might show the ropes to the innocent-but-musclebound newcomer from an alien planet, while the billionaire befriends the newspaperman. It’s the stuff that makes comic books great.