Affleck will play Batman in the previously announced Batman & Superman film. The film will feature Henry Cavill as Superman continuing in the role from this year’s box-office hit Man of Steel. Although Man of Steel was a box-office hit it met with mixed reviews and criticisms of its pro-longed fight sequences and heavy reliance on special effects.
Those criticisms haven’t deterred producers from persuing a sequel which will be a crossover film with Batman. The crossover film was first announced by director Zack Synder at Comic Con earlier this Summer.
In a statement concerning Affleck’s casting as Batman the director said “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. I can’t wait to work with him.”
The most recent actor to portray Batman on the big-screen was Christian Bale in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy the last of which was released in 2012. Michael Keaton played the character in two films; 1989’s Batman and 1992’s Batman Returns both directed by Tim Burton.
Val Kilmer took over the role for the 1995 film Batman Forever while George Clooney played the character in the 1997 film Batman & Robin both of which were directed by Joel Schumacher. Other actors to portray the crusader include Lewis Wilson, Adam West and Dirk Gautier.
The Man of Steel sequel will also see Amy Adams reprise her role of Lois Lane alongside Diane Lane as Martha Kent and Laurence Fisburne as Perry White.
Actress Teri Hatcher recently stated her desire to return to the Superman franchise; she played Lois Lane in the 1990’s ABC television series Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.