In a move that no one quite saw coming, Oscar winner Ben Affleck is set to play Batman opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman in the untitled Man of Steel sequel that will be directed by Zack Snyder, Warner Bros. studios just announced on Thursday.
The studio has scheduled the film to open worldwide on July 17, 2015.
This latest movie will bring Batman and Superman together for the first time on the big screen and was announced much to the delight of fans at this year’s Comic Con.
Man of Steel stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane are also set to return. Snyder’s Man of Steel was one of this summer’s blockbuster and won over many critics who were worried about the reboot.
The studio made a statement in regards to Affleck’s casting. “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’s Greg Silverman said . “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.”
The film’s director Zach Snyder also shared his delight about the casting announcement. Snyder said, “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.”
Affleck’s most recent project was in “Argo,” which he also directed and produced. The actor-director took home top honors on Oscar night, winning Best Picture, much to the delight of critics and fans.
Production is expected to begin in 2014.