Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Ben Affleck has signed Man of Steel 2 as Batman: And could even direct the upcoming Justice League film







It was just announced that Ben Affleck will play Batman in "Man of Steel 2." US Weekly has now learned that the actor has already started getting in shape, spending two hours a day in the gym. The training will continue for many months, since production won't begin until next year.

Meanwhile, many are trying to figure out why Affleck would sign on to play Batman. He already played Daredevil, stating that it wasn't his best work. When 20th Century Fox offered him the chance to direct the "Daredevil" reboot, he turned it down. And when Warner Bros offered him to direct "Man of Steel," he turned that down as well.

Apparently Affleck isn't interested in directing a superhero film, but he's not against starring in it. But what happened to Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling, the other actors rumored for the role of Batman? According to THR, talks with Brolin fell apart, while Gosling turned down the offer, stating that he doesn't like sequels.

This is when director Zack Snyder quietly reached out to Affleck, who fell in love with the story and the character. Negotiations were apparently so secretive, that many Warner Bros executives were unaware of what was happening.

Affleck was revealed last week as the new caped crusader, and he will first appear opposite Henry Cavill's Superman in an upcoming sequel to this year's Man of Steel. The choice of the actor-director has not been without controversy: a petition calling for studio Warner Bros to find someone else to wear the famous cape and cowl has picked up more than 77,000 signatures on the website change.org. Nevertheless, reports now suggest that producers hope to take advantage of Affleck's creative nous as well as his on-camera skills.

"Sources say that Affleck has been signed for multiple movies, should sequels continue to proliferate," the Hollywood Reporter says. "The talks were so secretive that many Warner execs and most WME [William Morris Endeavour] agents remained unaware of their existence."

It adds: "The deal also potentially lines Affleck up to star in (and direct?) Warner Bros' answer to The Avengers: The eventual Justice League movie."

Meanwhile, Affleck picked up support from comic book movie impresario Joss Whedon, who directed rival studio Marvel's The Avengers, along with former Batmen Val Kilmer and Adam West. Whedon tweeted: "Affleck'll crush it. He's got the chops, he's got the chin – just needs the material. Affleck and [Henry] Cavill toe to toe – I'm in."

Warner Brothers current plan for its DC Comics universe is the Man of Steel sequel, followed by Justice League, which like its print source will see Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and several minor heroes uniting to protect the Earth. It is unknown if Affleck will also play Batman in a new standalone series.

Reports over the weekend hinted that Christopher Nolan, director of the hugely successful Dark Knight trilogy of Batman films starring Christian Bale, might have stepped aside as executive producer of Man of Steel 2. Nolan's involvement in the series reboot by Zack Snyder was flagged by Warner as evidence of its enduring quality, but several sites pointed out that the British film-maker's name – along with that of his producer wife, Emma Thomas – was missing from the studio's press release announcing Affleck's appointment.


And since Affleck is now our new Batman, he had to sign on for multiple films, which means that he'll reprise the role in "Justice League" and possibly new Batman films.

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