Warner Brothers Pictures has just sent out a press release announcing that Ben Affleck (“Argo,” “The Town”) will be portraying Batman in Zack Snyder’s currently untitled “Man of Steel” sequel which will team Henry Cavil’s Superman which Affleck’s caped crusader.
Batman will be the second superhero the Academy Award director has played after portraying blind crime fighter Daredevil in the critically reviled but profitable 20 Century Fox film of the same name. Affleck played 1950’s TV Superman George Reeves in the well-received 2006 biopic “Hollywoodland.”
The status of “Gone Girl,” a crime novel adaptation starring Affleck and Reese Witherspoon to be directed by David Fincher (The Social Network”) and Affleck’s “Argo” follow up “Live By Night” are now unclear as production on the Batman/Superman film is said to begin in 2014. It’s also unknown what kind of contract Affleck has signed as Warner’s made it clear that if “Man of Steel” and its sequel hit certain financial benchmarks, a Justice League film would be commissioned and you can’t do a Justice League movie without a Batman.
Snyder had previously stated that he wanted an older actor to portray his Bruce Wayne to better contrast with his young Superman and the “300” director certain got his way as Affleck is a full decade older than Christian Bale when he took up the cowl in Christopher Nolan’s gritty franchise reboot “Batman Begins” in 2005.
Superman was created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, and Batman was created by Bob Kane with major input from Bill Finger.
Warner Brothers’ full press can be read here and the untitled Batman/Superman movie will be arriving at Cleveland area theaters on July 15, 2015.
Mario McKellop has written about film on Examiner for the last three years and can be reached directly at email@example.com.