It’s official, and we’re not too sure we like it. Ben Affleck is the new Batman. Yup… Seems like Orlando Bloom, Jeffrey Morgan & Gerard Butler, and some of these other early contenders didn’t make the cut.
Affleck will stand alongside (or against) Man of Steel star Henry Cavill in the Superman sequel film, which is tentatively being referred to as Batman vs. Superman.
Variety confirms the announcement from Warner Bros. that Affleck – who directed the studio’s Oscar-winning film, Argo – is indeed the new Dark Knight. In addition to that information, we now know when the Superman-Batman movie will hit theatres: July 17, 2015, after Marvel’s The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
“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,” Warner Bros President Greg Silverman said in a statement.
There are a few reasons though why Affleck was chosen, Afleck was once rumoured to direct the the Justice League movie. Ben Affleck’s Daredevil days are gone, and his persona of the 90’s/early 2000’s is long gone. Also, He’s a good match for Cavill in terms of looks and charm and size. Lastly, At 41, Affleck is a perfect fit for the slightly older, more experienced, mature (and strategic) Batman that has been rumoured for the film.
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