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Oscar-winning writer and producer Ben Affleck has been chosen to don the cape in the upcoming and yet-to-be-titled Batman-Superman film, according to Warner Bros. Studio.
The film, which was announced at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, will have the Cape Crusader clash with Superman (Henry Cavill will reprise his role, as will Amy Adams and Diane Lane). It will be directed by “Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder and will be partially inspired by Batman and Superman’s clash in Frank Miller’s seminal graphic novel, “The Dark Knight Returns.”
Affleck will replace Christian Bale, who played the role for three films straight and announced that he wouldn’t be reprising the role following last year’s “The Dark Knight Rises.” Warner Bros. reportedly wanted to cast an aged Bruce Wayne who was in his early 40’s, and already a seasoned vigilante.
The news of Affleck’s casting has sparked some criticism – anybody remember “Daredevil”? – especially because Affleck was never mentioned in the numerous lists of Hollywood’s leading men who were speculated to take the part. However, it does appear to be something much more than what it seems to be; Warner Bros. apparently wanted Affleck at one point to direct the upcoming (but yet so far away) “Justice League” movie, which will apparently be set in the same universe.
“Man of Steel” opened this summer to mixed reviews but was a box-office success, grossing over $600 million globally. And Affleck is still fresh off his Oscar win (and Golden Globe, Critics’ Choice, etc.) for producing and directing last year’s “Argo.”
The Batman-Superman film will reunite Snyder with producer Christopher Nolan and screenwriter David Goyer and will hit theatres on July 17, 2015.