While we’re all sitting here, trying to enjoy Ghost Shark, Warner Brothers decides to go and cast their new Batman. Dammit. Now I gotsta work.
The Wrap is reporting that Ben Affleck, once of Daredevil fame, will be facing off against Henry Cavill in the upcoming Batman vs Superman.
Director Zack Snyder had this to say about the casting:
“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.”
Greg Silverman, WB’s President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production added:
“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.”
WB’s Sue Kroll. President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution chimed in:
“We are so thrilled that Ben is continuing Warner Bros.’ remarkable legacy with the character of Batman. He is a tremendously gifted actor who will make this role his own in this already much-anticipated pairing of these two beloved heroes.”
When asked for a comment, Ben Affleck, circa 2006, responded:
“By playing a superhero in Daredevil, I have inoculated myself from ever playing another superhero. Wearing a costume was a source of humiliation for me and something I wouldn’t want to do again soon.”