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Argo director and star Ben Affleck is set to play Batman in the Man of Steel sequel pitting the two superheroes against one another.

The announcement was made by Warner Bros. this afternoon.

“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,’” writes Warner Bros. in a press release.

Said Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production at Warner Bros., “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.”

Director Zach Snyder said, “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.”

Added Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, “We are so thrilled that Ben is continuing Warner Bros.’ remarkable legacy with the character of Batman. He is a tremendously gifted actor who will make this role his own in this already much-anticipated pairing of these two beloved heroes.”

Affleck isn’t exactly new to superhero films, as he starred in Daredevil in 2003 along with Jon Favreau and his wife Jennifer Garner. The film was greeted with very mixed reviews, but diehard fans have said that Affleck actually shined as the character in the director’s cut of the film.

Ben also played George Reeves in the 2006 film, Hollywoodland, which told a fictionalized account of the strange circumstances that surrounded the death of actor George Reeves. Reeves played Superman in the 1950s television series Adventures of Superman.

He’s certainly a bold choice for Bruce Wayne, and with Christian Bale’s performance fresh in the public’s mind, it’ll be one incredibly difficult act to follow. Warner Bros. obviously sees something special in Affleck, and we look forward to seeing what he’ll bring to the iconic character.

Batman VS Superman will hit theaters July 17, 2015. The announcement of a film starring both huge comic characters was made at San Diego Comic-Con last month. Henry Cavill will reprise his role as Superman for the movie.

Man of Steel opened June 14, 2013 and went on to make $649 million worldwide.

Warner Bros., Affleck, and Justice League: A History

Those who’ve followed Affleck and Warner Bros. may remember that last year the studio had reportedly approached the director to helm a Justice League movie. Read our analysis of this idea in our previous article.

  • Stephanie Fay

    I love Ben but come on! Stupid movie execs!

  • Te

    NO. DNW. Eww.

  • Matilda

    This is NOT a good idea. I’m fine with Affleck in general, but he’s just Ben Affleck in every movie he’s in. I look at him and all I see is Ben Affleck.

    • Corin Boswell

      Totally agree. I like him as an actor but I’ve never really “seen” him as a character. KWIM? It’s the exact opposite of how Johnny Depp IS Jack Sparrow or Robert Downey Jr IS Tony Stark. I’ll keep an open mind but it will be hard to live up to Christian Bale in my mind.

      • Trent Taylor

        I think it’s more that Jack Sparrow is Johnny Depp and Tony Stark is Robert Downey Jr.
        Christian Bale was only a perfect Bruce Wayne, on par or better than Kevin Conroy even. He’s a pretty mediocre Batman though. I’m reserving judgement, since I love Ben Affleck, and desperately want to enjoy Batman on screen again.

  • Kristen Keys

    I’m excited for this! I’m pretty sure Ben can pull Batman off, but won’t know for sure until the movies out!

  • Trollencio

    Ewwwww

  • melperson

    I think they really should have gone with someone lesser known and someone with an edgier reputation. I don’t think he’s going to do anything for the very raw version of batman that Nolan has created. It’s funny, I was just thinking earlier today how much I disliked Daredevil…

    • Trent Taylor

      Doing the opposite of Nolan for Batman is very good.

      • Matilda

        ….because it was massively successful and critically acclaimed?

        • Trent Taylor

          Because it’s brilliant, but not Justice League, or even Batman in the DC universe. Everything Nolan did is the characters he adapted twisted 10 degrees from the original version. It’s interesting, and a fine thing to do for a stand alone Batman trilogy. It’s just not what I want to see for Justice League, where as a fan of the DC universe, the characters I love are being taken and introduced in forms that everyone in the world will treat as the definitive version of that character for the next 10 years. It’s not as irritating for Batman, because in 10 years he’ll get a movie again no matter what. But Nolanifying Martian Manhunter or perhaps John Stewart and it not working because it’s a bad idea for those characters, and those characters are never gonna get another chance for at least 20+ years. Even if works, it’s gonna be like Joker, where an overwhelmingly great performance will make it so the public mind thinks of Joker in a way that isn’t really a strong representation of the character.
          Nolan has great ideas, but they aren’t perfect for Batman. As Snyder as said in interviews, DC is archetypal, the characters are basically gods. They are also more representative of their ideals than any particular traits. This is a reason why I don’t like the TDK trilogy scores. They don’t feed into that idea of the ideal of Batman. Elfman’s score strongly gives off that no matter what, Batman’s needed, he will always exist. It’s powerful, it works for Batman. I liked his Superman score better, because of this. It’s memeorable, representative of Superman, and stood up, and surpassed even the Williams score. There’s a lot of room for different portrayals in DC, as long as you get the key aspect of them correct. Superman can’t be facing a challenge of strength, it has to be a challenge of character, thus the way Man of Steel ended. Pretty much every single Justice League character has powers enough to rule the world alone without the others. You can’t try and play the realism card in a universe with more than Batman. It’s MoS’s biggest flaw, in an otherwise good movie.

  • Ultron

    Okay I don’t like batman but I’m curious, are they just going to act like the actor didn’t change or is it going to literally be a new batman

    • Laura Jurgensmeyer

      It says “Affleck and filmmaker Zack Snyder will create an entirely new incarnation of the character in Snyder’s as-yet-untitled project” so it seems like a new Batman.

      • Jonathan Darrel Woodruff

        Thank you, Laura.

    • Lucky

      Probably new batman. Nolan wants his trilogy to be its own thing, not part of a bigger universe

  • Ody

    April Fools’ day has already passed (Please say this is a joke)

  • http://blackrapture.tumblr.com/ thegoodshipdestiel

    HOW IS THIS NOT A JOKE.

  • AnnPerkins

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

    Now that that’s out of the way….no thanks. I’d be down for him directing the movie over Zak Snyder, but Bruce Wayne? HAHAHAHAHA

    • Cora

      Agreed, I’d rather he direct the movie (then it’ll likely be a really good movie…) rather than act

  • Liderc

    Not..good. He’s a great director, but Daredevil was so bad.

  • Elysa

    Richard Armitage would have been perfect!! Why oh why couldn’t it have been him?

  • Serdic
  • Corbin Bolies

    Maybe this is a red herring for Christian Bale?

  • Riana-Tiana Menezes

    There is a reason he won an Oscar for directing and not acting.

    Right now I have no idea what to feel.

    • Kathryn

      Ben Affleck hasn’t won an Oscar for directing. He won an Oscar for co-writing Good Will Hunting, if that’s what you’re thinking of?

      • Corbin Bolies

        He won an Oscar because of his film, “Argo”.

        • Cora

          It wasn’t for directing though. He won as producer for Argo, and won a writing Oscar for Good Will Hunting.

          • max20202

            He did win an oscar for Argo granted it wasn’t for directing but he did win other prestigious awards from other actor associations and instututes for directing Argo.

  • Liam Kirwan

    It’s so blatantly obvious when seeing a Nolan-verse fan react to this as opposed to a comic fan react to this. Affleck is a great actor (and I really like Bale) and I can see him portraying a Bruce Wayne that is much closer to comic book cannon.

    • Trent Taylor

      ^This Though I wish it bad been someone older.

  • http://benchpressabear.tumblr.com Joan

    In the words of Joshua Malina: “Damon as Robin! Damon as Robin!”

  • wedabelm

    I really don’t like the idea of including Batman in the next “Man of Steel” movie. Why can’t it just be about Superman? There’s enough comic books to base two more films on just that super hero. If this is so DC Comics can try to jump on early of what Marvel has done with the Avenger movies then I think this is a bad way of doing it.

  • Lucy

    Heath Ledger will be a terrible Joker!

  • BadgerintheTardis

    Eh… don’t know how I feel about this… Christian Bale set a really high bar as Batman in Christopher Nolan’s series and I feel that Ben Affleck will have much difficulty rising to that bar.

  • shadezero

    Wow, I was already kind of on the fence about the whole batman/superman crossover…this does not make me feel any better

  • Lyndsey Salisbury

    It’s Clooney all over again… But for some reason I am so excited!

  • jeff

    They are doing batman vs superman like in the dark knight returns part 2 they read the line where bats tells supes to remeber it was a man that beat him and fakes a heartattack. He is older much older. I say bring on terry mcguiness!!!!

  • Jessica

    Dumb question, but: Did Christian Bale just not want to play Batman again, or did they intentionally pick a new actor?

    But I can see Affleck surprising people. He might do an awesome job.

    • Liderc

      Christian Bale left when Christopher Nolan decided not to do anymore Batman movies. They’re kinda connected at the hip. I believe he was quoted saying “Christopher’s Batman story was over with three, so that’s why I won’t be playing Batman again.”

      • Jessica

        That makes sense; his story did feel pretty complete after the last one. Thanks!

  • Susy

    Look at it this way: his wooden acting will be a decent counterpart to Cavill’s wooden chops. They didn’t want to go with anyone too good as it would be so out of balance as to be noticeable. Affleck’s a killer director but only a fair actor at best; this makes him perfect for the role opposite HC yet also brings a high celeb/fame factor to put people in theater seats. Plus he has a long standing working relationship with WB – they LOVE him.

  • R0n1n

    I still think they should have went with Josh Brolin. He looked like he could have portrayed an older grittier and more experienced Dark Knight. Plus he looks so much like the Frank Miller Batman, so he would have been a great fit for that part.

  • Amy

    Not a fan. At all. But in his defense, everyone scoffed at the idea of Heath Ledger playing the Joker. So I withhold complete judgement until the movie comes out.

    • AnnPerkins

      They also scoffed at George Clooney…and they were right about that one.

  • Julie Bresnahan

    nonononononono

  • Phoenix07

    I really don’t know how to feel about this. I absolutely LOVE Ben Affleck a a director: his work with Gone Baby Gone and Argo was amazing. But as an actor he’s always been just “Ehh” to me. Not great, but not entirely terrible either.

    He deserves the benefit of the doubt, but I’d much rather they just left Batman out of everything. I was looking forward to a Superman-focused franchise instead ;(

  • Jenna

    They’re idiots for even wanting to put a new Batman on screen now when Nolan and Christian Bale nearly perfected it so recently. And to follow up Bale’s with Affleck is a freaking joke in regards to acting. I mean…are they hoping we all just forgot about Daredevil?? (I’ve never known a comic fan who approved of Affleck in that role)

    • Lyndsey Salisbury

      With all due respect I disagree with you about The Dark Knight Trilogy being close to perfect. While the movie defiantly had the perfect Joker and a brilliant cast (Save Christian Bale) it lack the utter charm that Batman has always held. It was almost too dark, too gritty, They got so caught up in the Nolan-plosions and trying to force the story line that they forgot the one thing I look for in my batman: wittiness. I think that this is partly bad writing and pertly bad acting on Christian Bale’s part. He defiantly had the “I’m Batman and I’ll kick your ass” thing down pat but was unable to deliver the charm and cleverness that Batman and, to a greater extent, Bruce Wayne has. Take Batman and Robin. That movie was punny and weird but George Clooney was a pretty decent Batman in my opinion because he didn’t get caught up in the action nor did he get caught up in the humor. The Dark Knight Trilogy was good for what it was but I think that Warner Bros. is trying deliver something different with this movie. They want to get back to the Micheal Keaton days and have someone that can deliver both side of the coin with finese. I think that Ben Affleck is going to be a pretty great fit for this. Argo showed he can act in a deep, emotional state but I personally hope that he delivers a performance like he did in Dogma. I recommend that you and any other people who disagree with this casting choice. Through out the movie he is charismatic but displays varying amounts of underlined rage as well.

  • Anthony Runyon

    Affleck was great in Daredevil… right?

  • Druovanni Defoe

    “Gigli vs Superman”
    Featuring some of Affleck’s usual doe-eyed expressions and amazing half-smiles,, just great..!

  • ForFrodo

    No. I can’t even picture him as Batman without laughing. This is bad.

  • Bee

    OH GOD! I’ve never been a hater or supporter of Ben, because well he just Ben. His acting never really that outstanding or at ‘Christian Bale’ level. I mean, c’mon, can’t they atleast find somebody w/ that much credibility. I’d rather watch someone else like maybe Josh Hartnett for it. IDK, I think they wanna proves us wrong.

  • 7Starrchasers

    Without freaking out, cause I’m so excited about this film. I’m going to give him a chance. I’m one of the few people who loved Man of Steel, and I feel that the sequel is in safe hands. I’m going to see what the trailers look like before I judge!

  • Amir

    Am I the only one that liked Daredevil? I mean it wasn’t great but I liked it and it definitely entertained me…

  • Mahdy

    I wish people would stop judging on previous roles..He is getting the same reaction as the one Heath Ledger got when he was cast as The Joker(aka this https://twitter.com/luketadams/status/370791533890371584/photo/1/large) and we all know how that went.

  • Tom

    This whole idea is terrible, DC is just playing catchup to Marvel who have everything planned and organised. With the Nolanverse separate and a crappy Green Lantern film under their belt they’re just clinging on one of the most iconic superheroes to a man of steel sequel, it’s a pure money making move with no heart or a well thought out storyline, it’s just three to rival avengers an Star Wars

  • Chinmay

    Lets be honest, no one would’ve been satisfied with whoever they chose as Batman, so lets see what happens. Ill give him a shot.

    • VoiceofReason

      Thank you! For god’s sake, people, don’t jump to conclusions before you’ve even seen anything. Jeez.

  • Jj

    The last time he donned a cape and mask was Daredevil, and it wasn’t a rousing success…. this doesn’t bode well….

  • EricM

    I’m not worried about this casting choice because of the daredevil movie, I’m worried because every Ben Affleck movie out there has been complete shit except for Argo.

  • M

    Kudos to Hypable for being the first website to report this. And yeah, I don’t agree with the casting

  • http://blackrapture.tumblr.com/ thegoodshipdestiel

    I cannot believe there are people in support of this choice. Ben Affleck has always been a complete crap actor – the only things I’ve ever been able to stand him in are Kevin Smith movies. Otherwise he clearly sucks.

  • ELeung10

    You are sooo right…..

  • Me

    I HAVE SO MANY CONFLICTING VIEWS RIGHT NOW

  • https://twitter.com/#!/HarriSargeant Harri Sargeant

    Reserving judgement until I see him in the role. He will look enough like Bruce Wayne, and I think he’s really grown into a great actor, so I’ll just reserve judgement until I see him in the role. My big concern right now isn’t Affleck as Batman, but Goyer and Bale being in charge of it. Man of Steel was fine and good fun, but this film is going to be a very hard thing to pull off.

  • Kelderic

    We just finished a 3-movie series that was amazing. We HAVE a Batman. What the hell are they changing actors for??

  • Strumchick

    This is a horrible idea. Ben Affleck will be a terrible Batman. WHY?! Even Joseph Gordon-Levitt would’ve been adequate because he might not be amazing but he wouldn’t offend Batman fans. This is after having the best Batman ever and we are brought to THIS?! NNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Beno

    Yes because affleck played a good daredevil right?

  • Beno

    Right now Marvel is at a boardroom meeting laughing their asses off

  • Elliot Burford

    Tatiana Maslany for Batman!!
    She can pull it off for sure

  • McWayne

    What a pisser.

  • Richard Bailey

    My personal opinion: I didn’t like Man of Steel. To me, it seemed way too long, way too redundant, and it’s like they tried way too hard. I also am not a fan of Ben Affleck. Like many comments I’ve read on here, he always plays Ben Affleck.

  • http://sourmeow.tumblr.com/ Cat Lemonade

    Am I the only one here that actually LIKES Mr. Affleck? I think he’ll do just as well–if not better–than the talented Christian Bale.

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