Warner Bros. has officially cast its next Batman: Ben Affleck. According to the release, "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." The studio has slated the film to open worldwide on July 17, 2015.
The full press release reads as follows:
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." The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
The studio has slated the film to open worldwide on July 17, 2015.
Last month's surprise announcement of the new movie featuring both Superman and Batman created a wave of excitement and immediately fueled discussion and debate—among fans as well as in the media—about who would put on the cape and cowl of Bruce Wayne's alter ego.
Snyder successfully re-imagined the origin of Clark Kent/Superman in the worldwide blockbuster "Man of Steel," which has earned more than $650 million worldwide to date, and climbing. The director will now create an original vision of Batman and his world for the film that brings the two DC Comics icons together.
Affleck will star opposite Henry Cavill, who will reprise the role of Superman/Clark Kent. The film will also reunite "Man of Steel" stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.
In the announcement, Silverman stated, "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. 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."
Snyder also 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 retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can't wait to work with him."
Kroll added, "We are so thrilled that Ben is continuing Warner Bros.' remarkable legacy with the character of Batman. He is a tremendously gifted actor who will make this role his own in this already much-anticipated pairing of these two beloved heroes."
Affleck recently starred in the Academy Award®-winning Best Picture "Argo," which he also directed and produced, earning acclaim and a BAFTA Award nomination for his performance in the film, as well as a number of directing honors. In 2010, he starred in and directed the hit crime thriller "The Town." His recent acting work also includes "The Company Men," "State of Play," and "Hollywoodland," for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. 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 new Super Hero film is being scripted by David S. Goyer from a story he co-created with Zack Snyder. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan and Wesley Coller serving as executive producers.
Production is expected to begin in 2014.
The film is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, and Batman characters created by Bob Kane, published by DC Entertainment.
Great choice actually, kind of excited for this. I had a feeling he'd be involved since he was in talks to direct Man of Steel, and possibly Justice League and his career as of late is on the rise so yeah, Team Affleck all the way!!!
I like Affleck as a director and have enjoyed his career resurgence in that capacity, but this is terrible casting. He reportedly soured on comic book movies after his Daredevil experience and one only needs to watch him in that role to understand why. He's just not the brooding type. Ironically I think he's better suited for Superman than Batman/Bruce Wayne.
I thought Man of Steel was ok, but it at least seemed to be hinting at much more interesting things to come at the end. Shoehorning Batman into the sequel with Affleck in the role has me a lot less excited now.
Warner Bros. have shot themselves in the foot! This is the worst mistake they have made to date! There's no way that this will rival the future boxoffice performance of The Avengers sequel!!!! I keep maintaining my opinion, Christian Bale is the only choice any possible "out of this world" grosses at the boxoffice!!!!!
Somebody above said Affleck isn't the brooding type. Actually, I think he can pull that off but I see the point. Still, his casting reminds me of Michael Keaton in a way. Wile I was too young to witness that first hand, I can totally see Affleck playing Bruce Wayne, and nobody said this version of Batman was going to be brooding and depressed.
"Affleck and filmmaker Zack Snyder will create an entirely new incarnation of the character in Snyder's as-yet-untitled project." Probably the most overlooked and intriguing statement in the press release. "Entirely new incarnation." Could be PR speak. Could just be referencing the distance being taken from the Christian Bale/Christopher Nolan version of the character and mythos. But it could also be the earliest hint at dramatic changes that could potentially upset Batman fans. Time will tell...
Remember Daredevil? that was terrible, Affleck was a terrible superhero, in fact he is too lame and boys band to play Batman.
After Bale (Empire Strikes Back) this is the "Return Of The Jedi" of Batman or worse.
This is going to look out of place, Bale would have been a good darker choice as he showed what Batman was about. He also showed a more natural real world look about Bruce Wayne and Batman. Affleck is too hollywood, too soft looking to play this role.
Not happy about this casting, this is George Clooney over again.
Besides wasn't Bruce Wayne a English type character?
No rubber nipples......he is wearing the Adam West outfit for this movie. JK. I don't mind Affleck playing Batman. I think he will surprise a lot of people just like Michael Keaton did. He is not that hard to picture as Batman. I just wish they would have gotten someone a little younger who can carry on through more movies (JL and Batman). We will see.
I'm not sure about this. Personally, I think this is AWFUL casting. However, if Nolan had a hand in it I'll give it a shot. I remember when Ledger was cast as Joker and everyone lost it. I think it's fair to say that turned out pretty damn good. However, to those saying Affleck has become a good actor, keep in mind his best performances are in movies HE DIRECTED. The man has some seriously solid directing chops, but as an actor under someone else's direction.....I'm far from sold.
This is a direct result of WB rushing to play catch-up with Marvel - they appear to have no game plan. Keaton was cast against type, as he was a comedic actor, but he was also virtually unknown at the time. Affleck is not being cast against type - he's being cast for his name recognition / positive director cred. They know they can't pack a brand new Batman into this movie without a big star to replace Bale.
If they were smart, they'd take their time and do a stand-alone Batman, with a new director and vision, and, if that was a success, move on from there. But the money train has no time or patience to risk waiting that long.
Thus, this April Fools casting decision.
You know, there have been some bad batman choices, most of which have been most noticeable in hind sight. This is the first batman choice that I am not ok with up front. I can't see this, as bruce, or batman. Not old enough? Too skinny? Too tall? Something just isn't right. Never really had an issue with Affleck, except for taking Garner off the market, but I am having a really hard time thinking he could be the next batman. I was kind of hoping this was a joke.
I'm not the biggest fan of this casting, but I will reserve judgement until the film actually comes out as Affleck is certainly a good actor and I've enjoyed many films with him in one of the lead roles.
I think his work in Hollywoodland proved he can disappear into a role and I imagine it took a lot in his audition to sell Snyder that he could pull this off, especially if he proved to them he could do it better than Brolin. Snyder isn't known to pick big actors to be in his movies, who was Gerard Butler before 300, who was Patrick Wilson or Billy Crudup before Watchmen, who was Henry Cavill before Man of Steel, great actors but not people you'd pick to get a lot of attention, just the best people for the job.
As far as Affleck directing Batman vs Superman, you need someone with a background in special effects like Snyder. If Affleck wants to cut his teeth in something effects heavy one day okay, then maybe he can do Justice League after (as was previously rumored) but I want someone who knows the limit of practical effects and where to take it digitally after that to make it look real.
A few years ago I would have said no way. I thought the same thing when I heard Craig was playing Bond, and now Craig owns Bond. He can pull it off. It will come down to the script, just like any film, if they focus on on story and characters it will be good. Best choice for Gordon is hands down Bryan Cranston.
Risky, considering Affleck still hasn't gotten away from his mostly negative Daredevil stigma among comic fandom. Personally, I didn't think DD was remotely as bad as some - quite enjoyed it actually. Lets not forget nobody could see Keaton as Batman, either. Rather shocked Bale would turn down 60 mill, assuming the rumors were true, but I'm glad he did. As much as I enjoyed Nolan's trilogy, it was time for a change. I only hope they don't take the character in the direction of the funny books. Batman Inc is the worst idea DC ever had.
I skoffed at Michael Keaton being cast as Batman in 1988 too. While he was very well known at that time (he wasnt an unknown at all, as someone above said) Night Shift, Mr. Mom in the early 80s were huge hits. But "Beetlejuice" and "Clean and Sober" the year before Batman were what got him the role in Batman. Clean and Sober solidified him as an excellent dramatic actor that can go dark. By the way, where the hell is that film on BluRay...?? Still waiting... top of my list on flims that need to be released. But he proved to be an excellent Batman. When he decided not to do the third film and they cast Val Kilmer.. I dropped out of that series.. not even the casting of Tommy Lee Jones had me interested in that film.
So, Ben Affleck as Batman... right now, Im skoffing at it.. but Im not a 20 year old either like I was in 1988. I dont really care that much. I enjoyed Christopher Nolan's Batman series alot. But this Batman/Superman thing sounds like a lame cash-in on an already over-indulged super hero glut of films thats steadily growing mold.. Affleck is a much better director than actor. I think thats where he needs to concentrate, but hey, all of hollywood needs a few extra million.
Obviously Christopher Nolan is not part of this project (as his name is missing from the producing credits) - and explains why this would be "an entirely new incarnation of the character in Snyder's as-yet-untitled project." Would be interesting to know why Nolan is not part of this sequel, but then that gives Snyder free reign to reboot and already rebooted franchise.
When I heard the news this morning all I thought was "Daredevil 2". I like Affleck but I just don't see him as a superhero. Let's hope the writing/directing kicks enough ass to make casting him a non stand out issue. I really want this movie to work b/c I want a Justice League movie and this is one step closer.
Face it folks, he's vanilla and always will be vanilla...he began "directing" because his acting career was in the sh*tcan. So he makes one of the most overrated movies of the past 10 years (F"Argo") and all of a sudden he's a "hot property"... He's becoming the better looking Ron Howard...
This is so stupid. What's next , Tom Cruise as Aquaman ? Why couldn't they just pick a nobody that is a talented actor . Now if I watch the movie, I'm not going to see Batman on the screen I'm going to see Affleck . Keep this up Warner and you will not be able to compete with The Avengers .
I am confused by this, why not cast a younger actor that can carry on into the new batman franchise? I am not saying anything bad about affleck, i really like him as a director and actor, no gripes about that.
Like everything else why cant we all just stop talking crap ,and wait and see how ben does as the new batman.I mean why is it that everyone just complain's about bs.Change is good.But talking crap about a movie that is not out yet and the word of be being batman just got out like not even 24 hours out of the world yet and half of the world is bitching.
I am SHOCKED at how many people support this decision. I was expecting all out war on Warner Bros.! Me personally, I just dont know about this. I hope they did a casting call for this and Affleck had to play both Bruce and Batman and that he blew them away. If they just said, "Hey, what about Ben Affleck?" Then this could be a serious problem.
@ NY Yankees 23 2 A lot of people are against this decision (myself included). Other people are just trying to be diplomatic seeing as Affleck has supposedly gotten better acting wise over the last couple of years and he does have a love for the source material, which is more than I can say for Warner Bros. Plus, as people pointed out, lots of people railed against Michael Keaton as Batman or Heath Ledger as the Joker and both eventually silenced critics.
Personally I don't hold out much hope. I thought Man of Steel was a terrible movie and seeing as Snyder, Goyer and all the others were pretty much stroking each other off on how good it was going to be before it even came out, I don't hold out much hope of this sequel being better. While previously cited examples Keaton and Ledger were good actors that were just unproven, Affleck has had plenty of opportunities to demonstrate his acting chops (not just with Daredevil) and proven that he can't act to save his life, that's why he started directing (and does a much better job of it).
"I skoffed at Michael Keaton being cast as Batman in 1988 too. While he was very well known at that time (he wasnt an unknown at all, as someone above said) Night Shift, Mr. Mom in the early 80s were huge hits."
I said virtually unknown - by comparison to Affleck. Mr. Mom and Night Shift were not huge hits, nowhere near in comparison to the box office successes and name brand appeal of Affleck. Look over Affleck's gross numbers at Boxofficemojo - I promise you, that's what WB is looking at.
"But "Beetlejuice" and "Clean and Sober" the year before Batman were what got him the role in Batman. Clean and Sober solidified him as an excellent dramatic actor that can go dark."
Beetlejuice and the belief of chosen director Tim Burton got him the role as Batman, barely, and it paid off because Burton had a vision for him.
I suspect the choice of Affleck is motivated by dollars, not by the "vision" of Zack Snyder.
Affleck is a decent director, but he is hopelessly out of his element when it comes to acting. His performance was the sour note in Argo. Specifically, when he tries to play "troubled" - the extent of which consists of frowning a lot and having a flat, mopey delivery.
And, unfortunately, "troubled" is the definition of Bruce Wayne.
It's all a direct result of WB desperately trying to play catch up so they can cash in on an Avengers-type success. However, they've done none of the groundwork, have no overarching consistency to their vision, and just barely squeaked by with their Superman success - which could just as easily have been a disaster.
If they f-up this next one it's all over, and they can't risk that - thus, Affleck, in the hope he brings the box office.
Just imagine - you're going to be introduced to an entirely new Batman and Batman "universe" in this film... if none of Nolan's universe carries over, which would be really confusing if it did with Affleck playing a continuation of Bale's role, that's a completely fresh version which has to be sold - before we even get to this new story. A brand new Batman, probably including at least touching upon his origin again. It has to be ACES for it to not drag everything to a halt immediately.
Remember how jarring it was to go in to Batman Forever or Batman + Robin and have to suddenly get used to seeing Kilmer or Clooney in the suit? It'll be the same thing here, only worse. It will be like if in the Avengers we suddenly had to adapt to a brand new interpretation and actor as Iron Man - that's twice the work setting things up before you can move into the story.
If Synder doesn't play it right (and there's almost no chance that he will, since he's not a very good director) and if Affleck doesn't deliver an immediately iconic performance (and there's almost no chance he will, since he's not a very good actor) it's going to suck. In my opinion.
Who knows, I could be wrong, whatever... maybe I'm just a grouchy cynic. I hope so.
I'm not even a big fan of the Bale / Nolan versions, but at least they were motivated by a creative vision...
This just seems slipshod, rushed and motivated by money.
I didn't find Snyder's "Man of Steel" to be a bad movie at all, in fact, I thought it was a solid beginning to an obvious trilogy in much the same way (and covering much of the same ground), as "Batman Begins". Imagine that, DC following in Nolan's footsteps, obviously in need of several hits and building (a bit too quickly in my opinion) toward "The Justice League", but hey, let's be honest ...it's all a business, and they want their "Avengers" money. As far as the sequel, I can see several awesome directions which could potentially result in the second film in the "Man of Steel" trilogy being the bigger hit ( not unlike "The Dark Knight").
Was Affleck the best choice? No. Is it a horrible choice? No. Really, think about it. Affleck is actually a pretty good choice in regards to Bruce Wayne part. He already has that kind of GQ billionaire playboy look. I think he can pull that off pretty easily. The Batman part... hell anybody could play that. Really look at everyone who's played the Batman part. All they have to do is scowl and talk gruff. I know I'm oversimplifying it, but in reality that's pretty much true from Keaton, Kilmer, Clooney to Bale. I love Bale as an actor and by far he's been the best Bruce Wayne. As far as Batman, he really wasn't anything special.
Just read an announcement that Bryan Cranston has been signed to plat LEX LUTHOR!!! I'm sooooooo happy right now!!! Finally a Luthor that's not bumbling and stupidly comical!!! Things are looking up for this sequel my brothers and sisters! It is my hope that Bryan Cranston will do for Lex Luthor (in the middle part of this trilogy), what Heath Ledger did for the Joker (in the middle part of that trilogy) and to anyone who doubts that Cranston has the ability to match Ledger's intensity (albeit in an entirely different manner), I suggest you view a little series called "Breaking Bad". (Cranston as Lex Luthor ...I haven't seen casting this perfect since Robert D. was cast to play Tony Stark.)
I cant wait to hear Affleck say again 'I am not the bad guy'. Affleck is the brooding type just not the acting type. Looks like Nolan got out when the getting was good. I second Matt Damon as Robin and how about that Twilight chick as BatGirl.
Not sure about Ben as Batman but I'm willing to give him the better of the doubt. Both Argo and the Town have been 2 favorites in the past The one thing I do like is that this Bruce Wayne will be more mature character and just another origins story.And lastly we do not know how much screen time he will get.Will his part be more of a mentor for Kal-el.Lets wait and see.
No. This is bad. I enjoyed the town, goodwill hunting & a few of his Kevin Smith appearances, but unless this is going to be campy I just don't see this being anything but painful. Jason Mewes as Robin and I'll see it anyways though.
@johnKochmar Keaton can play a dark character. Affleck is a terrible lead actor, he is okay as a side character. Reasons and decisions like this are why Marvel is leagues ahead of DC in superhero movies.
Ah yes, pages of fanboy panic and despair. There should be millions of whining pessimistic nerds leaping to their deaths from atop their homemade Fortress of Solitude forts in their Mom's backyard all over the country tonight. Personally I'll give the guy a chance.
Wow, what's with the Afleck love affair? He's a talented actor and I like many of his films but Batman he isn't. Daniel Craig would have a better chance of pulling this off. Besides, after the end of the trilogy, do we really need another Batman? What happened to creativity and unique thought in Hollywood?
Anyone want to bet this doesn't gross what it cost to make?
Look, I am willing to have Affleck play Batman opposing Superman, potentially ruining Batman for another few years until somebody else gets the rains again, but if they want to do an entire Batman reboot for years to come I just have two words for you...
They have been commenting on t.v. how Affleck is working out in the gym a whopping 2 hrs. a day to get ready for his role. Have you seen Gosling's abs? Do you know HOW LONG IT WOULD TAKE TO GET IN THAT KIND OF SHAPE? The money that they would save in hiring trainers, costume designers to make up those ridiculous fake ab Batsuits when he's already got abs, as well as the fact that he wouldn't cost as much as Affleck to hire all points to Gosling as THE CHOICE. Oh, and Gosling is a WAY BETTER ACTOR!!!
I think christian bale is the only DK. Ben will do ok but does not have the depth. He is a great director and a decent actor but no way he can pull this off. They will rely a lot on special effects to make this a big deal movie..
How many times does a character have to reinvented before everyone realises that the "cupboard" is bare? By that I mean both Batman (whose popularity has admittedly always puzzled me) and Superman (of whom I'm a huge fan). Like Star Trek, Star Wars, Indiana Jones etc. they've had their day. Time to give both characters a rest rather than a reset.
Everybody be cool! You be cool! Dang, just wait unitl you see the movie all you haters! I don't go on reviews or what other people think, I know what I like. Snyder and Nolan will do this movie justice!