‘Man of Steel 2′: Director & Producer Explain Ben Affleck Batman Casting

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After Warner Bros. electrified the crowd at San Diego Comic-Con 2013 (and the internet) with the announcement of Man of Steel 2, a Batman/Superman team-up movie, attention shifted very quickly to who would step into the cape and cowl as the new Dark Knight. Rumors ranged from a younger Batman Beyond-inspired Caped Crusader to an older, more tech-savvy Batman – while other reports suggested that Warner Bros. was (at least) tempted to offer Christian Bale a dump truck full of money to get the actor on board for more vigilante justice.

However, in a late-in-the-day surprise announcement, it was revealed that Academy Award winning director and writer, Ben Affleck would be the next actor to portray Batman onscreen. Certain fans were quick to express their disappointment (and hatred of his role in the Daredevil film), whereas some were encouraged by the choice (and focused on Affleck’s more recent work, most notably his performances in The Town and Argo), while others merely considered the actor an uninteresting choice – especially in light of lesser known performers that had been mentioned.

In response, the Screen Rant team has weighed-in on why Ben Affleck as Batman could work, and now the filmmakers behind the upcoming movie (and the casting choice) are offering their thoughts – as well as teasing what fans can expect from this new take on the Caped Crusader.

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In an official press release from Warner Bros. studio, producer Greg Silverman expressed his confidence in Affleck’s ability to step into the fan-favorite role as well as explore new elements of Batman/Bruce Wayne:

“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.”

Fellow Warner Bros. executive Sue Kroll was equally enthusiastic – acknowledging that Batman isn’t just a role, Affleck is joining a long legacy of talented actors that have portrayed Batman onscreen.

“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.”

Even though Kroll doesn’t namedrop any of the previous Bat-men, it’s sometimes easy to forget that, while Christian Bale is certainly the most recent (and arguably one of the best) actors to wear the Batsuit, the part has attracted a long list of A-Listers and cult favorites over the years, including Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, and George Clooney on the big screen, Adam West, Robert Lowrey, and Lewis G. Wilson for TV, along with voice-work from Kevin Conroy (and many others).

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So how will the new version of Batman fit among countless other quality iterations and beloved performances? In the press release, director Zack Snyder teased a wise, charming, and scarred Caped Crusader:

“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.”

Listeners of the Screen Rant Underground podcast will remember that long before the Batman vs. Superman announcement at Comic-Con, we had been speculating that a new iteration of the Dark Knight would be a tech-savvy and wise strategist – one that could be, as Snyder flat out states, a “counter-balance” to the new Man of Steel.

Still, it’s easy to understand why certain fans are having a hard time picturing Affleck in the role; but, at least in some cases, that might be because we’re trying to fit a square peg into a round hole. Christian Bale was great for Nolan’s trilogy and he put his stamp on the role. Though, this is a new take on the character (set in Snyder’s Superman world) and, as a result, there’s also reason to be optimistic that Affleck can deliver a “layered portrayal” – delivering a Batman that is just as good, albeit admittedly different, than the most recent installment.

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The notion that this Bruce Wayne will be a seasoned crime fighter and wiser than Superman certainly indicates that writer David S. Goyer is planning for some enticing altercations between the two heroes – as well as thematic juxtapositions that will help flesh out both the Man of Steel and the Caped Crusader while DC builds a cinematic shared universe.

That said, there’s still a lot we do not know, and with a set release date of July 17, 2015, Warner Bros. has plenty of time to convince (or prove correct) any skeptics. Now, if only we knew who the filmmakers had in mind for Lex Luthor.


Man of Steel 2/Batman vs. Superman will be released in 2015.

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  1. I didn’t like when Christian Bale played Batman because of he’s voice it sounded horrible to me; I mean the acting was ok somewhat,but he could have did something better with the voice that’s just my opinion.I think Ben would be a good Batman because he has that Smoove quality about him like the old Batman Michael Keaton.

    • Christian Bale was a good Bruce Wayne, though.

  2. It is a little rediculous everyone slandering ben affleck as the next batman. Ben affleck has been in many great movies and portrayed many different types of characters. Saying he wont make a good superhero movie because of an existing film is not fair, ben affleck had a say in the character he portrayed as daredevil but the director in the end is the one with final say in the film not the actors. in conclusion ben affleck had to portray closer to the directors image of daredevil and clearly the director had an improper vision for that movie saying ben affleck wont portray batman without even so much as evidence is stupid.

  3. Why would they think of batman and superman having a fight, superman would kill batman with one punch, if bane could break him the superman would destroy him. Might wanna think about that guys.

    • I agree it would be very stupid for batman and superman to fight. I just cant see it working out very well for batman. I mean superman would destroy him with his little finger. Going by the first movie man of steel superman was pretty much invisible.

  4. Do u guys read comics or jus youtube everything. batman beats superman.. he gave him the last piece of kryptonite cause batman is the only one not only strong enough butnot afraid to lay superman down if he gets outta control again.. their best friends. they ride for each other… and THE ENTIRE JUSTICE LEAGUE looks to batman as a idol and for help… BATMAN is a Human learning to be a god. superman is a god learning to be human. Goku and vegeta is the next best duo

  5. I didn’t read all 300 plus comments but nobody seems to be remembering that Lex Luther is in this movie, Lex, the king of getting massive amounts of Kryptonite from seemingly nowhere. A couple people even explore the idea that he’s found a way to grow/ reproduce it. I said that to say: Batman can definitely get some. The real Bats has the tactical know how to use it properly. Batman always wins; in fact, Superman even counts on it. I think the real question is if they will introduce kryptonite into the story, as someone so graciously pointed out that they’ve yet to. But like I said, Batman never fights Superman without a plan and some green and Lex’s appearance almost guarantees that he’ll have some. Otherwise we have more continuity issues to worry about, like how quickly Clark reverted to killing and how easily Lois deduced his identity.

    • I don’t know what’s gonna happen but it sounds to me like Lex is going to do something to batman. I mean come on! It’s Luther! For all we know he could be controlling superman somehow. Batman problem is trying to save him. Batman’s smart he’ll think of a plan. I mean why would they kill each other? They’re best friends! They would die before they killed each other by choice.

  6. I heard Bryan Cranston from Breaking Bad was rumored to play Lex Luthor.

  7. I don’t know what’s gonna happen in the movie. No one really does until it comes out. But by the sound of it I think Lex is going to do something to superman. I me come on it’s Luther! For all we know he could somehow be controlling him. I mean seriously! You’re all probably thinking that superman and batman are just fighting. But they’re best friends. They would die before killing each other by choice. That’s why I think there is more than just what we see in the title of superman vs batman. (And batman always has a plan in case superman ever did go rouge just throwing that out there)