The actor will replace Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne in the upcoming
untitled Superman-Batman feature for Warner Bros., the studio announced
“Man of Steel” actors Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and
Diane Lane are reprising their roles with Zack Snyder on board to
The film is slated to bow on July 17, 2015.
The rest of the announcement is below:
Last month’s surprise announcement of the new movie featuring both
Superman and Batman created a wave of excitement and immediately fueled
discussion and debate—among fans as well as in the media—about who would
put on the cape and cowl of Bruce Wayne’s alter ego.
Snyder successfully re-imagined the origin of Clark Kent/Superman in
the worldwide blockbuster “Man of Steel,” which has earned more than
$650 million worldwide to date, and climbing. The director will now
create an original vision of Batman and his world for the film that
brings the two DC Comics icons together.
In the announcement, Greg Silverman stated, “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.”
Snyder also expressed his excitement about the casting of Affleck,
noting, “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.”
Sue Kroll added, “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 recently starred in the Academy Award®-winning Best Picture
“Argo,” which he also directed and produced, earning acclaim and a BAFTA
Award nomination for his performance in the film, as well as a number
of directing honors. In 2010, he starred in and directed the hit crime
thriller “The Town.”
His recent acting work also includes “The Company Men,” “State of
Play,” and “Hollywoodland,” for which he received a Golden Globe
nomination for Best Actor. Earlier in his career, Affleck starred in
and co-wrote (with Matt Damon) “Good Will Hunting,” for which he won an
Oscar® for Best Original Screenplay.
The new Super Hero film is being scripted by David S. Goyer from a
story he co-created with Zack Snyder. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder
are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan and Wesley
Coller serving as executive producers.
Production is expected to begin in 2014.
The film is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel
& Joe Shuster, and Batman characters created by Bob Kane, published
by DC Entertainment.
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