One thing is for certain following last week’s big Batman announcement: Ben Affleck could be playing the Dark Knight for a long time.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Affleck has agreed to play the Caped Crusader in multiple movies, should sequels continue.
Ryan Gosling, who was also considered, didn’t like the idea of committing to a number of sequels. Josh Brolin and True Blood’s Joe Manganiello were also possibilities.
Batfans reacted with anger following last week’s announcement with #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck taking over Twitter. But…I do think it’s fair to say that a lot of folks weren’t too thrilled with Heath Ledger’s casting as the Joker, and look how that turned out. Ditto RDJ as Iron Man, which was perhaps the most risky casting decision Marvel made given what that film meant to its overall big screen strategy.
Yes, Daredevil and Gigli weren’t great, but Affleck’s filmography over the past several years has been pretty impeccable. So I’m siding with Joss Whedon, who tweeted his support for Warner Bros’ choice.
Affleck'll crush it. He's got the chops, he's got the chin — just needs the material. Affleck & Cavill toe to toe — I'm in.
— Joss Whedon (@josswhedon) August 24, 2013
“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,” Snyder said in a statement published by Variety. “I can’t wait to work with him.”
Affleck begins work on Man of Steel 2 in February after he completes shooting Gone Girl for David Fincher. He’ll be shooting that film for the majority of next year, and then start work on his next directorial effort – an adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s Live By Night.
The sequel joins a crowded slate of films set to bow in 2015, including The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Star Wars: Episode VII, Pirates of the Caribbean 5 and Terminator 5.
Although some anger followed the surprise selection last week, THR reports that Affleck met with Snyder to discuss the part earlier this year before Man of Steel was even released.
And if you’re from Hogtown, you’ll be pleased to know that the Superman/Batman film will be shooting in Toronto.
Man of Steel 2 still hasn’t been officially titled, but it’s important to note that it will be a Superman sequel, so Batman will not be a focal point of the film.
It will be released July 17, 2015.