Last week’s unexpected announcement by Warner Bros. that Ben Affleck was cast as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the Man of Steel sequel was surprising to many. As you probably already know, the announcement angered a lot of fans as thousands signed a petition for Warner Bros. to remove Affleck from the role. Whether you like it or not, it now appears that Affleck is going to be Batman for a very long time. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Affleck has supposedly inked a multi-picture deal with Warner Bros. to appear as Batman, including the inevitable Justice League film.
What does this mean for Ben Affleck’s other projects? Well, as you may recall, Affleck lined up to write, direct, and star in the film adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s crime novel Live By Night back in May. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Affleck still plans on directing and starring in Live By Night but the plans have been delayed until next year. Before he begins work on the Man of Steel sequel, Affleck will be starring in David Fincher’s film adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s novel Gone Girl opposite Rosamund Pike from September through February. From February through August, Affleck will be wearing the cape and cowl and then will immediately begin work on Live By Night next fall.
If the report is true, it means that Affleck will be Batman for a very, very long time and you better get comfortable with it. There’s no doubt that this is a very ballsy move considering there’s no predicting at this point on how audiences will react to Affleck‘s portrayal of the iconic character. I guess Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. are confident in their choice.
The currently untitled Man of Steel sequel will arrive in theaters on July 17th, 2015. Zack Snyder will direct the film from a screenplay by David S. Goyer. Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, and Diane Lane are expected to return. Make sure to check back for more updates as they come our way.