Announced earlier Thursday by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Oscar-winning director Ben Affleck has been announced as the new Batman to star in Warner Bros. highly-anticipated sequel to Zach Snyder’s Man of Steel.
With this new announcement, Zack Snyder begins his journey into having the actor deliver a fresh and original character to be incorporated a new DC Universe in which Batman and Superman will come face-to-face on the big screen for the very first time. The announcement arrives on the heels of the Earth-shattering news that Warner Bros. will finally be attempting to bring these two iconic DC characters together on the big screen in an effort to expand their cinematic presence in the same vein as Marvel has done with their own individual superhero properties (The Avengers, anyone?). The director will most certainly place Affleck in the same universe that he’s already established in the Man of Steel film that was released earlier this year.
Zack Synder, who helmed DC’s first venture into a shared cinematic universe stated, “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.” “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,” Warner Bros. exec Greg Silverman said in the Warner Bros. announcement.
Earning more than $650 million at the box-office, Man of Steel proved that Warner Bros. was ready to expand their cinematic universe with the both the universal backdrop and strong performance of Henry Cavill, with all that was left being the supporting characters to fill the void. It has already been confirmed that Amy Adams (Lois Lane) and Laurence Fishburne (Perry White) will be returning to the upcoming sequel, soon to be accompanied by Ben Affleck. The Man of Steel sequel will again be written by David S. Goyer (with input from Snyder) with Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder returning as producers.
Personal opinion time…there are a lot of fans out there who are going to question this announcement (myself included). Anyone who knows anything about the movie industry knows Ben Affleck’s relationship with Warner Bros, especially after he’s delivered such directorial hots as Gone Baby Gone and The Town. It’s equally important to note that Affleck’s stated in the past that he will no longer star in films that he cannot direct, adding a certain assumed assumption that he may have hit the right price to ignore that statement. Even so, if Warner Bros. and Zach Snyder feel they can pull off a film franchise with Ben Affleck as one of their leading roles (this is a franchise) then I will do nothing but anxiously away their attempts. But they certainly have their work cut out for them when it comes to convincing the fans. The Man of Steel sequel is currently is slated to open worldwide on July 17, 2015. via [Warner Bros]