|Ben Affleck will be wearing|
the cowl. Photo:IMDB
|Adam West (1966)|
Speculation on who would play the next Batman has been THE topic of discussion among movie fans since both Christian Bale and director Christopher Nolan announced that “The Dark Knight Rises” would be Bale’s last appearance.
"Batman Returns" 1992
However, Affleck will have to share the screen with Henry Cavill, the new Superman. The new untitled film will be directed by Zack Snyder who, despite mild reviews from critics, did awfully well bringing back the “Man of Steel” this summer. This will be the first time these two heroes appeared on the big screen and has been something DC Comics fans have been asking for a long time.
Snyder says that “his” Batman will be an “entirely new incarnation” of the famous character and will somehow fit in the new world he built for Superman. The new film will also star Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane reprising their roles as Lois Lane, Perry White and Clark Kent’s mother, Martha.
"Batman Forever" 1995
The official announcement was made yesterday by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures. “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,” said Silverman
"Batman & Robin" 1997
Snyder also expressed his excitement about the casting of Affleck: “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.”
Kroll added, “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.”
"Batman Begins" 2005
"The Dark Knight" 2008
"The Dark Knight Rises" 2012
This won’t the first time that Affleck plays a superhero. Affleck, who recently starred in the Academy Award®-winning Best Picture “Argo,” (which he also directed and produced), played the Marvel Comics star, Daredevil in 2003 and he received a Gold Globe nomination for his role as George Reeves (TV’s famous Superman) in “Hollywoodland” in 2006.
So, who do you think has been the best Batman? Please post your comments below!
(Originally posted on Examiner.com)