Official: Ben Affleck is Your New Batman in Zack Snyder’s Superman/Batman Movie

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It’s not Jon Hamm, or Jeffrey Dean Morgan, or the 50 other actors that 50 other sites have claimed unnamed sources as telling them has either landed, is being considered, or is director Zack Snyder’s top choice to play Batman in Warner Bros.’ upcoming (and as yet, still untitled) Superman/Batman team-up movie.

It’s Ben Affleck.

Ben AffleckThe award-winning star and director of “Argo”, “The Town”, and the man who previously played a Marvel superhero, will be suiting up in the cape and cowl as a grizzled, veteran Batman in Snyder’s upcoming “Man of Steel” follow-up. Warner Bros. made the official announcement themselves via a press release, which, let’s face it, must be some kind of a first. Usually a fansite or one of the trades will break the news first.

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 announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

Henry Cavill will return as Superman, along with “Man of Steel’s” Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

The idea is for Snyder, along with writer David Goyer, to “create an original vision of Batman and his world for the film that brings the two DC Comics icons together.”

I gotta say, it’s a hell of a casting coup. Personally, I didn’t think Affleck would ever willingly give up so much creative control on a movie again, especially after winning wide acclaim and box office success as an actor and director for “The Town” and “Argo”. It looks like Warner Bros. has been after him for a while now. As you’ll recall, he was previously rumored to be playing Batman in a “Justice League” movie, and at one point was even rumored to be directing said “Justice League” movie.

But instead, he’ll play Batman in a Zack Snyder movie. Who knows, maybe he’ll end up actually directing that “Justice League” movie after all when he reprises the role?

Ben Affleck as Batman will battle (then probably team up with) Henry Cavill as Superman in the untitled comic book film, currently set for July 17, 2015, with production kicking off in 2014. Which means, yes, kids, that’s a “Batman/Superman” movie and “The Avengers 2″ in the same summer. How lucky are you, comic book geeks and geekettes?

Superman and Batman by Alex Ross

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  • Anubis

    I’ll have to admit I had the same WTF reaction as everyone else, but the more I thought about it the more I was ok with Ben taking the reigns of Batman. Ben’s been on a positive streak as of late. Snyder would be an idiot not to use Ben’s creative input behind the screen. As far as the Daredevil movie is concerned, the director and screenplay writer Mark Johnson is just as much at fault for that lackluster movie cuz that dude buchered Ghost Rider as well.

  • ultra q

    ted knight would’ve turn over his grave(he narrated the SUPERFRIENDS cartoon
    in the 70’s)! Ben Affleck was the WRONG CHOICE for batman…what the hell were
    they thinking? If only Chris Bale hadn’t turn down the offer and money ($50 MILLION
    OF COURSE!), he would’ve put back on the cowl, cape, and tights as the dark knight
    once more and team up with Henry Cavill! I also suggested that WARNER and 20TH
    CENTURY FOX studios make a DC/MARVEL cross over film adation of SUPERMAN
    VS. SPIDER-MAN-for real!!!! i had this giant comic as a kid in the mid 70’s and it
    should become a REALITY! write LOTS OF LETTERS to the studios and tell Henry
    and Garfield to play their roles together plus unknowns playing Lex Luthor and –
    Doc Oc! LET’S DO IT NOW!!!!!!!

  • JasOn Vu

    disappointment.. how the hell is batman suppose to battle superman>>>?? he need an amored suit, and even that may not be enough. Ohh wait look what came out of Batman’s a$$hole… Kryptonite.. oh and it superman ONLY weaknesss,,, omg WHO knew??/ I’m being sarcastic.. this Movie is going to suck BALLS.. i’m switchind side and going with Marvel from now ON.. F*** you DC. you suck. and your new 52 ruined you whole comic line too.

  • JasOn Vu

    Batman doesn’t stand a chance against Superman… oh wait, LOOK what batman pooped out Kryptonite.. Superman only Weakneesss. oh NO, Ohn, no, OHHH yeaaahhh

  • Boomer

    Listen: it’s either going to be so bad it’s good, or so good it’s great. Sounds win-win to me. Batman’s not holy. It’s mindless entertainment about a completely unrealistic character. If little kids leave the theater pretending to be Batman, Ben Affleck has done his job well.