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.
It's kind of weird when your generation takes over. I just saw a movie made by a guy who obviously grew up with all the same stuff I did. It's as if the movie was made based on my own notes on what I'd like to see in a Superman movie, but getting exactly what you ask for isn't the same as getting what you want.
Superman is not like other heroes. He's not only among the first, and the one who defined the genre; he's also the best. I mean that in a moral sense. Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel's creation, as we understand him today and as he exists in the cultural lexicon, is the ideal of heroic virtue. That perception may change following the success of Zack Snyder's new movie Man of Steel.
If you're mad about the ending of Man of Steel, particularly the one event that seems to have most touched a nerve with some Superman fans, don't lay the blame at the feet of co-plotter and producer Christopher Nolan. At least, not all of it.
If you like Superman movies that we already have, then I imagine you have the best chance of being entertained by Man of Steel. That's really the nicest thing I can say about it, and I say it because when you get right down to it, most of the considerable mistakes that made Man of Steel downright unbearable for me were made in those, too. In that respect, it's really just the latest installment of The Adventures of Terrible Movie Superman.