Friday, August 23, 2013

Ben Affleck is the New Batman in the MAN OF STEEL Sequel

Ben Affleck Batman
Today, in what can be considered an unexpected and somewhat shocking decision, Warner Bros. officially announced that Ben Affleck will star as Batman in Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel" sequel. Thus, the endless speculations which electrified the Internet these past weeks have ended. The film, apparently titled "Superman vs. Batman", will bring both Batman and Superman together for the first time on the big screen within the universe established by "Man of Steel", according to the official press release. Furthermore, according to the studio, "The director [Snyder] will now create an original vision of Batman and his world for the film that brings the two DC Comics icons together.". This confirms that "The Dark Knight" trilogy will not be a part of the "Man of Steel" sequel/mash-up. The sequel will be released on July 17, 2015.

Ben Affleck has previously attempted to star in a superhero franchise in the 2003 adaptation of Marvel's "Daredevil". The film was widely considered a failure and Affleck's performance failed to generate much enthusiasm among comic book fans. One of his notable roles was that of George Reeves, the actor who played Superman in the 1950s, in the drama "Hollywoodland". Despite a wide array of roles in various films, most of them quite successful, his acting career suffered greatly from his involvement in films like "Pearl Harbor" and "Gigli", the latter earning him a Razzie Award. In 2010, he was nominated for Worst Actor of the Decade by the infamous awards group. Despite a bumpy ride on the big screen, he fared much better behind the scenes. In 1998 he shared an Oscar win with Matt Damon for their original script for "Good Will Hunting". Later, Affleck had great success as a director with the highly acclaimed dramatic thrillers "Gone Baby Gone" and "The Town". In 2012 he directed and starred in the fact-based drama "Argo" which proved to be his most successful film to date, earning 7 Oscar nominations and winning 3 of the coveted trophies, including one for Best Motion Picture of the Year (Affleck picked up a trophy as one of the producers).

Superman Versus Batman

For more on the "Superman Vs. Batman" project, read the full press release from Warner Bros after the jump:

"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."


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