No one predicted this, Ben Afflecks name was not in any of the rumors that were flying about. But now it has been confirmed, Ben Affleck, will be playing the older Batman, in the “Man of Steel” sequel. Currently aged 41, Ben will be going up against the already introduced Henry Cavill, aged 30.
Director Zack Snyder tells the Wrap:
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 becomes the eighth actor to play the Caped Crusader, following Bale, George Clooney and Michael Keaton.
“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,” WB president Greg Silverman said in a statement.
Affleck has the monumental task, to make people forget the last Batman, Christian Bale the most successful Batman ever, commercially and critically.
Affleck is no stranger to the superhero gig, having played Daredevil in 20th Century Fox’s 2003 flick of the same name. But that is nothing compared to bringing the Dark knight onto the screen, who is a much more demanding role than the Daredevil.
The Man of Steel sequel, which will likely be called Batman vs Superman, was announced at Comic-Con earlier this year. The sequel will reunite Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill, Laurence Fishburne, Amy Adams and Diane Lane. Man of Steel has taken in more than $630 million at the worldwide box office to date
Affleck recently starred in WB’s Best Picture-winning “Argo,” which he also directed and produced. In 2010, he starred in and directed WB’s hit crime thriller “The Town.” 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 thing is that DC, and Nolan both have a history of casting actors that everyone seems to dislike. In TDK, when Heath Ledger was cast as the Joker, everyone seemed to have an opinion about it. The same happened when Tom Hardy was cast as the villain Bane, and Anne Hathaway was cast as the Catwoman. But all of these choices played out very well on the big screen, and the Joker in TDK is now hailed as the greatest ever.
So, we should wait and see what type of character the New Batman will have and how Ben Affleck will look in it. Even if it turns out as a bad decision, it will still make a lot of money for the DC. The film is currently slated to open worldwide on July 17, 2015.