LOS ANGELES – Ben Affleck will don Batman’s cape and cowl.
Warner Bros. announced Thursday that the 41-year-old actor-director will star as a new incarnation of the Dark Knight in a film bringing Batman and Superman together.
The studio said Affleck will star opposite 30-year-old Henry Cavill, who will reprise his role as Superman from Man of Steel. The big-screen DC Comics mashup was revealed by director Zack Snyder last month.
Snyder, who will direct the sequel written by Man of Steel screenwriter David S. Goyer, said in a statement that Affleck will provide an interesting counter-balance to Cavill’s Clark Kent.
(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, Snyder said. I can’t wait to work with him.
Production on the as-yet-untitled film is expected to begin in 2014 for release July 17, 2015.
It won’t be Affleck’s first time in superhero garb. He played a blind Marvel crime fighter in 2003’s Daredevil and portrayed 1950s Superman actor George Reeves in 2006’s Hollywoodland.
Christian Bale most recently played Batman in director Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy.
– Associated Press