Back in 2012, Ben Affleck was being looked at to possibly direct a live-action "Justice League" movie, but that rumor never came to pass as truth. Now, Affleck is going to still be affiliated with a DC Comics' movie, but in a much bigger way. Via CBS News on Aug. 22, 2013, Warner Bros. announced that Ben Affleck will be taking over for Christian Bale and playing the role of Batman in the "Man of Steel" sequel.
Henry Cavill will return to reprise his role as Superman, and a number of others will be back with him including Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, and Diane Lane.
Warner Bros. also announced a release date of July 17, 2015, for the film that is set to bring Batman and Superman together for the first time. The company's press release says that Affleck as Batman will be:
"A man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter."
There has been so much speculation as to who would step in for Bale, and many thought he would end up changing his mind and come back for a fourth time. Bale was even reportedly offered an obscene amount of money to reprise his role as the "caped Crusader," but he refused.
"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.'"
For those immediately thinking about Affleck's last superhero role as Daredevil back in 2003; a lot has changed since then. That includes a lot of growing up and an Academy Award in 2012 for "Argo."
Production is set to begin on the film sometime in 2014.