Holy jam, everyone; we have a new Batman!
When it was announced that the sequel to Man of Steel would include Batman, talks had begun over who would be taking over the caped crusader’s role since Christian Bale had bowed out following last year’s The Dark Knight Rises.
For several weeks, many names had been tossed around, but tonight Warner Bros. finally revealed who would be suiting up in the famous black outfit, and it’s someone who has already played a superhero in the past.
Yes, Daredevil will indeed be leaving the red super-suit for the famous dark, pointy-eared outfit in Superman & Batman which is scheduled for a 2015 release date through Warner Bros. When the big-budget studio revealed the news barely an hour ago, everyone could feel the internet shut down the second it was confirmed, many hoping it was nothing but a poorly, executed joke, but alas, it is official.
“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.
In the upcoming sequel, Affleck’s Batman will face-off against Henry Cavill’s Superman. Zach Snyder, who directed Man of Steel, is also slated to return to the director’s chair for the sequel and said the following about the casting decision to have Affleck take on the iconic character, who by the way, has been portrayed by eight different actors (just some food for thought).
“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,” Snyder said in a statement. “I can’t wait to work with him.”