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If you were thinking that Ben Affleck donning Batman's cape and cowl for Zack Snyder's Man of Steel sequel meant he'd be doing a version of Christian Bale's famous Bat-growl from the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy, think again.
Affleck told Playboy he's going to "redefine Batman in a way that doesn't compete" with Bale and Nolan's version of the character.
Earlier this week, Warner Bros. reportedly registered a bunch of domains that could indicate the official title of the next Man of Steel movie, currently referred to as "Batman Vs. Superman." As titles go... they hit about the way "The Phantom Menance" did for Star Wars fans circa 1999.
The domains are hit-you-over-the-head-with-a-streetlamp thematic, and translate to titles like "Man of Steel: Black of Knight" and "Man of Steel: Beyond Darkness." There's scads of knight/night puns, Batman references and loads of DARKNESS. So we started thinking, why not come up with some titles of our own? There are so many possibilities, and so many puns involving "knight" that Warner Bros. seems to be leaving on the table. Hit the jump to enjoy our 18 alternatives. We even made graphics for them!
As part of the ongoing celebration of the 75th anniversary of Superman, Warner Bros. Animation's Bruce Timm and Man of Steel director Zack Snyder collaborated on a two-minute film that observes some of Superman's more memorable adventures. The animation includes homages to original creators Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster to contemporary artists like Jim Lee, with stops along the way that give props to Curt Swan, Dan Jurgens, Neal Adams, Andy Warhol, Fleisher Studios, Alex Ross, the Smallville television series, Christopher Reeve, George Reeves, Henry Cavil and Timm's own work on Superman: The Animated Series.
Actor Ben Affleck appeared on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon last night and opened up about being cast as Batman in the upcoming Man of Steel Superman/Batman followup. As one might expect, he had some reservations about taking the role, but he says director Zack Snyder turned him around with a "brilliant" idea for the film.
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During the announcement of the upcoming Superman/Batman movie at this summer's San Diego Comic-Con, it was revealed that Henry Cavill would reprise his role as Superman, but we were all left wondering who would play the Dark Knight. The mystery is over, as The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Ben Affleck has been cast to play Batman in the Warner Bros. film.
The sequel to this summer's Man of Steel, which director Zack Snyder confirmed at Comic-Con would feature a new actor in the role of Batman, is only in the script stage, so it may be a tad early to speculate about who might be the next actor to wear the cape and cowl.
So let's speculate. Some of the names floating around include Drive's Ryan Gosling, No Country for Old Men's Josh Brolin, True Blood's Joe Manganiello and Watchmen's Matthew Goode.
Like it or not, director Zack Snyder is making a Batman/Superman movie.
Since that movie was announced at Comic-Con International, there have been plenty of rumors and theories about just what the plot will be, especially since news broke that Snyder met with Dark Knight Returns writer/artist Frank Miller about it. One enduring theory is that the movie will be a Batman versus Superman movie. With that in mind, the folks at How it Should Have Ended staged a little debate between Batman and Superman as to how that fight might go down. Check out the video below.