Seen here doing a perfect impersonation of an Easter Island statue and almost nailing it (the real Easter Island statues look more alive), Ben Affleck will squeeze his parts into Batman’s rubber suit for Zack Snyder’s totally necessary (see: not necessary at all) Superman and Batman movie starring Henry Cavill as Superman. Just call Ben’s ass Batfleck! Here’s a piece of the press release from Warner Bros. that is giving fanboys the most awkward and confused semi-boners ever.
Ending weeks of speculation, Ben Affleck has been set to star as Batman, a.k.a. Bruce Wayne. Affleck and filmmaker Zack Snyder will create an entirely new incarnation of the character in Snyder’s as-yet-untitled project—bringing Batman and Superman together for the first time on the big screen and continuing the director’s vision of their universe, which he established in “Man of Steel.” The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production.
The studio has slated the film to open worldwide on July 17, 2015.
Snyder successfully re-imagined the origin of Clark Kent/Superman in the worldwide blockbuster “Man of Steel,” which has earned more than $650 million worldwide to date, and climbing. The director will now create an original vision of Batman and his world for the film that brings the two DC Comics icons together.
Affleck will star opposite Henry Cavill, who will reprise the role of Superman/Clark Kent. The film will also reunite “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.
In the announcement, Silverman stated, “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.”
Snyder also expressed his excitement about the casting of Affleck, noting, “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.”
Watching Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill act opposite each other will be like watching a wet rolling pin (aka Ben) and a beautiful piece of boiled broccoli (aka Henry) act opposite each other. I know, Batman’s not exactly a rainbow bag full of personality and excitement, but damn. This movie sounds like it’s going to be a mess, so they might as well go all the way. They should fire Henry Cavill and cast Christopher Walken as Superman and cast JLo as Wonder Woman. It’ll be a Gigli reunion!