Ben Affleck to play Batman in 'Man of Steel' sequel
Ben Affleck will play Batman opposite Henry Cavill in a sequel to Man of Steel, Warner Bros announced yesterday.
Director Zack Snyder 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 retains the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can't wait to work with him."
Snyder, who also directed Man of Steel, will co-write the story with David Goyer, who will pen the screenplay. Production is expected to begin next year, with a July 17, 2015, release date.
Affleck has a history in the superhero genre. He previously starred as the blind Marvel hero Daredevil in writer-director Mark Steven Johnson's 2003 flop of the same name.
Word of the union of two of DC Comics' most iconic heroes first surfaced in July at Comic-Con International in San Diego, with Warner Bros announcing the project during its panel presentation.
During that session, Snyder said the film would not be adapted from Batman: The Dark Knight Returns.
Greg Silverman, president of Warner Bros creative development, said of the Superman/Batman project: "Zack Snyder is an incredibly talented filmmaker, but beyond that, he's a fan first, and he utterly gets this genre.
"We could not think of anyone better suited to the task of bringing these iconic superheroes to the screen in his own way."
Man of Steel producers Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are returning as producers, and Christopher Nolan and Emma Thomas are serving as executive producers on the upcoming film, along with Benjamin Melniker and Michael Uslan.
Returning Man of Steel cast members include Amy Adams as Lois Lane and Laurence Fishburne as Perry White.
Diane Lane will also reprise her role as Martha Kent.