Ben Affleck Cast As Batman In Man Of Steel Sequel
Warner Brothers breaks the big news on its Facebook page...
The surprise announcement came in the early hours of this morning, with the movie studio breaking the news on its Facebook page.
It wrote: "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."
Studio president Greg Silverman said: "We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics' most enduringly popular superheroes, 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."
And director Snyder weighed in: "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."
Affleck has been on a career high since winning the Best Picture Oscar with Argo earlier this year.