Ben Affleck to Play Batman in Zack Snyder's 'Man of Steel' Sequel!
Wow. This came out rather quick. Word is that Zack Snyder has cast the one, the only, Ben Affleck to play Batman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel - tentatively titled Batman vs. Superman. Warner Bros made the official announcement, confirming a July 17th, 2015 release date for the highly anticipated DC Comics sequel, as well as Affleck's involvement. Affleck won an Oscar this year for directing/producing Argo (which won Best Picture) and also won one in 1998 for Good Will Hunting's Best Screenplay. Many may remember he already played George Reeves, aka Superman, in Allen Coulter's Hollywoodland and was one of the best parts of that movie. No more rumors - it's official, it's happening. Affleck vs Cavill in 2015. Are you ready?
Man of Steel director Zack Snyder provided a quick comment on the casting in the press release sent out by WB: "Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry [Cavill'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." In addition, Warner Bros' President of Production Greg Silverman commented: "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." Let's hope that is true.
This news is definitely going to shake up the fanbase in a big way. Not many were expecting someone like Ben Affleck to be in consideration for this role, but he is obviously a very experienced actor. However, one could argue that his directing and writing is much better than his acting, at least nowadays. That said, this sounds like it might just be a good fit. My hope is that Zack really pushes Ben and challenges him to give a performance that lives up to the legacies of Michael Keaton, Christian Bale and Adam West. Warner Bros is really pushing with Man of Steel to make sure this is their new Avengers-like comic book series that will (maybe one day) lead to Justice League. Don't forget, Affleck was once rumored to be directing the Justice League movie, but that's still a few years away. For now - his casting is the biggest news. What say you?