According to Entertainment Weekly, Oscar-winning director Ben Affleck will play Batman in the sequel to Man of Steel from Warner Bros. Zack Snyder the director most well known for stylistically charged action films like 300 and Watchmen will return to direct the Man of Steel sequel. The film according to IMDB is being titled Batman vs. Superman and Man of Steel star Henry Cavill will return to play the man of tomorrow again.
This will be the first time that the characters of Batman and Superman will share the silver screen together. According to the press release that announced the news, this Batman character that Ben Affleck will portray will be "an entirely new incarnation of the character" and not reflect any previous portrayals, most recently Christian Bale's Batman from the Dark Knight trilogy.
The upcoming sequel will continue to be supported by actors Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane. The film is slated for release on July 17th, 2015. With Man of Steel grossing nearly $650 million worldwide and coupling with the franchise power behind Batman, it is not unrealistic to assume that the next installment will gross well over $1 billion dollars.
Snyder said in the press release, "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 film is currently still in pre-production as David Goyer, the writer behind Batman Begins and Man of Steel pens the script. Warner Bros. executive Greg Silver said, "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. 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."
Though some may be excited about the famed director/actors upcoming role, others remember his previous attempt as a superhero, when he played the title role in Daredevil with then girlfriend Jennifer Garner.