August 22, 2013 at 6:41 pm #109234
Discuss.August 22, 2013 at 6:50 pm #109236
Is this a joke?August 22, 2013 at 6:53 pm #109237
Nope, press release just now from Warner BrosAugust 22, 2013 at 6:55 pm #109238
Odd choice. I think this film will have an immense amount of expectations, which might make it difficult to be successful. Affleck is not foreign to the comic book world, but his take on Daredevil was highly criticized by fanboys.August 22, 2013 at 6:57 pm #109239
Christopher Nolan not involved in the film.
BURBANK, CA, August 22, 2013 – 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.August 22, 2013 at 6:59 pm #109240
Didn’t see this coming at all. No way can I gauge whether this is a good choice until production starts and we get some teaser clips and photos.August 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm #109241
Oh boy. Ben, you have two Oscars, why would you put youself through that experience again?August 22, 2013 at 7:00 pm #109242
I wish the whole superhero craze would die. But even the most successful directors have trouble getting their projects off the ground.
Random Aside: I just read Clint might take the American Sniper film Spielberg dropped.August 22, 2013 at 7:03 pm #109243
Ugh….they just keep finding new ways to destroy my favorite comic book hero.
Seriously? Out of all the actors….Oh well. Zack Snyder’s schlop lowered my expectations for this one, and now this just drove it to the ground. It can’t get any worse. Right?August 22, 2013 at 7:03 pm #109244
Very weird choice. And this isn’t just because of Daredevil, I just don’t think he’s the right man for this. And he’s done way too good since Gone Baby Gone to suddenly make this choice that has all the potential to go very wrong.
I bet there’s some indie business going here too in this deal. I’ll do Batman, you give me money for another Gone Baby Gone type film.August 22, 2013 at 7:13 pm #109246
Gross choice.August 22, 2013 at 7:22 pm #109247
This is more evidence that movies on this scale are made with the US as a secondary market. Affleck is of a level that advances the film worldwide, which is what WB cares about much more than what US fans think.
It certainly lacks the wow factor of Heath Ledger for the Joker.
Does anyone else notice Affleck’s minor resemblance to Adam West?August 22, 2013 at 7:29 pm #109248
Even without the context, I would love this gif.August 22, 2013 at 7:30 pm #109249
I wish the whole superhero craze would die.
They can bomb one after another and studios will only wait a few years before starting over. They’ll only die off when people stop reading comics and stop having any interest in these characters. That ain’t happening anytime soon.