Here's one geek-worthy news that will rock your socks off today. Ben Affleck has been identified as the new Batman! He's replacing Christian Bale who has clearly stated that he won't be reprising his role as Bruce Wayne/The Dark Knight after the 3rd Nolan Bat flick. Affleck will don the Bat-suit in the upcoming Cavill-Supes movie sequel planned for a 2015 release. Zack Snyder will continue to helm the next Superman movie.
Here's what Snyder has to say about his latest star:
"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."
I kinda understand many skeptics are doubting Ben's superhero acting capability since his last outing in Daredevil didn't really impressed anybody....really. But remember, his directorial-acting stint in Argo cemented him as one of the best Tinseltown has seen in recent years. Besides, I love the man in Chasing Amy and he did give a rousing performance as George Reeves in the bio-pic Hollywoodland, THE original actor that played the TV Superman in '06. I feel Ben Affleck even look the part nowadays and can definitely bring a grittier and mature take to both Bruce Wayne and Batman's characters.
Hey, come to think of it, casting Ben Affleck as one of the most iconic superheroes of our lives is not so bad after all. At least he's not Nicholas Cage!
The second Man of Steel film is slated to open worldwide on July 17, 2015.