Rumors about who will star as the Caped Crusader in the yet-to-be-named film have been swirling ever since “Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder announced at Comic-Con last monththat the two superheroes would appear together in the sequel – their first pairing on the big screen.Affleck’s name wasn’t even on The Hollywood Reporter’s list of possible Batmans two weeks ago, when it speculated Ryan Gosling or Josh Brolin were likely candidates.
Warner Bros. is planning for a July 17, 2015, worldwide release.
Affleck will star opposite British actor Henry Cavill, who Warner Bros. said will reprise his role as Clark Kent and Superman.
Snyder’s reimagining of Superman in “Man of Steel” broke the record for the biggest June opening when it appeared in theaters this year, taking in $125.1 million in its first weekend.
“It’s beyond mythological to have Superman and our new Batman facing off, since they are the greatest superheroes in the world,” Snyder said at Comic-Con.
Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane also return for the new film, Warner Bros. said.
Christian Bale, who starred as Batman in three film installments of “The Dark Knight,” told CNN partner Entertainment Weekly last month that he wouldn’t be starring in a fourth. “Dark Knight” director Christopher Nolan also said he wasn’t opting for a fourth movie in the franchise, the magazine said.
There has been some backlash from fans, but what are they going to do, uncast him? Graeme McMillan writes in wired:
… For proof of the knee-jerk complaint impulse, it's worth revisiting the internet's reaction to the casting of Heath Ledger as the Joker, an actor who is now considered by many to be the single best personification of the villain in the character's 75+ year history. "There are over a million better choices, they could have picked someone off the street and made a better choice," complained one fan. "Heath Ledger is not Joker material, simply put he does not have the mentality of it," griped another one.
Based on the similarity between those comments and the responses by yesterday's news, who's to say Ben Affleck won't surprise us and deliver if not the greatest Batman performance in history, then at least a very good one? Maybe — and I know this is a crazy thought, and I apologize in advance — we could just wait until we actually see him in the role before we start declaring it the worst idea in the world this time?