Christian Bale said he would not come back and for months we have wondered who would replace him in the Zack Snyder directed Batman/Superman film set to be released in 2015. Today, Warner Brothers made the announcement that Ben Affleck will take over the role. EON posted the press release:
"Ending weeks of speculation, Ben Affleck has been set to star as Batman, a.k.a. Bruce Wayne. 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.”
The last time Affleck took on a role as a superhero was in the 2003 when he took the role in Daredevil which never really gained any fanfare. Affleck was the first director ever who failed to earn an Oscar nomination for Best Director and went on to win both the Golden Globe and the Directors Guild of America awards for best directing of Argo.
In a fun twist, George Clooney was a producer on Argo and also held the role of Batman in Joel Schumacher's Batman & Robin from 1997, which did not do well in the box office and was considered a "bomb" with Clooney himself saying calling the film "a waste of money"
The Man of Steel sequel Batman/Superman has no official title yet. The film is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, and Batman characters created by Bob Kane, published by DC Entertainment.