The 41-year-old Academy Award winning actor-director will once again don the superhero persona as a new incarnation of the Dark Knight in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel.
Originally rumored to be directing the upcoming Justice League film, Affleck will now star opposite 30-year-old Henry Cavill, who will reprise his role as Superman / Clark Kent. No one had the Boston filmmaker on their lists of potential bat-actors, and when it was announced, nerd rage went into full swing.
Comments from the peanut gallery included, “People are scared of Ben Affleck as Batman because of Daredevil. I would not worry… unless he starts dating J.Lo again,” from @TheRadBrad. Even veteran actor Richard Dreyfuss had something to say in the matter, tweeting sarcastically, “You read for a part, you feel good about it, you feel confident, then they cast Ben Affleck.”
For the uninitiated who haven’t seen Affleck’s dismal performance as blind attorney-at-law, Matt Murdock (aka Daredevil), the film is pretty bad and is probably why his relationship with Jennifer Garner didn’t work. But, that is not to say that he cannot play dark and complex characters. His roles in both Hollywoodland (where he plays real-life Superman, George Reeves) and Argo found him brooding, complicated, a literal tinderbox of swirling emotions. Which is why Warner Bros. has so much faith that the award-winning performer can play his part.
The big-screen DC Comics superhero mash-up was first revealed by director Zack Snyder at last month’s Comic-Con International in San Diego. In a statement released by Zack Snyder, he believes that Affleck will provide an “interesting counter-balance” to Cavill’s commanding character.
“(Affleck) 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,” said Snyder. “I can’t wait to work with him.”
Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne are also slated to reprise their respective roles in the action-adventure sequel, which is expected to begin production in 2014 for release July 17, 2015.