MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – Ben Affleck is the next Batman aka Bruce Wayne, Warner Bros Pictures announced Thursday, Aug 22 (Friday, Aug 23 in Manila).
Affleck will star alongside Henry Cavill, who will reprise his role as Superman/Clark Kent, in the still-unnamed sequel to 2013’s “Man of Steel” set for release July 17, 2015.
“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 studio announced in a press release.
The Batman-Superman movie was first announced by Snyder during the San Diego ComicCon back in July.
“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,” Greg Silverman, President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production for Warner Brothers, was quoted as saying.
Aside from Cavill and Affleck, the film will star Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, and Diane Lane, Warner Brothers said.
Snyder and co-creator David S. Goyer will be in charge of the story, based on DC Comics’ Superman and Batman characters.
“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,” Snyder said in the announcement.
“We are so thrilled that Ben is continuing Warner Bros.’ remarkable legacy with the character of Batman,” Sue Kroll, Warner Bros Pictures’ President for Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, was quoted as saying.
“Man of Steel” has so far earned more than $650 million worldwide.
Affleck will replace Christian Bale in the next Batman film. Bale, who played the title role in Christopher Nolan’s “Batman” trilogy, had left the doors wide open for a new successor.
Affleck is no stranger to superheroes, having played Matt Murdock in the 2003 flop “Daredevil.”
More notably, Affleck arrived at the pinnacle of Hollywood accomplishment in 2013 when his movie “Argo” won the Oscar for best film last February. – With reports from the Agence France-Presse/Rappler.com