Ben Affleck to play Batman in ‘Man Of Steel’ sequel

Affleck is officially cast in the superhero sequel, which is set for release on July 17, 2015

Ben Affleck is to play Batman in the sequel to Man Of Steel, Warner Bros has announced in a press release.

Man Of Steel director Zack Snyder revealed at San Diego Comic-Con last month (July) that Batman will join Henry Cavill‘s Superman in his forthcoming sequel – and dropped a heavy hint that the two won’t see eye to eye.

It was then rumoured that Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin were in the running to play Bruce Wayne aka Batman, while another report claimed that Christian Bale had been offered £40 million to reprise his role from The Dark Knight trilogy.

However, it is two-time Oscar winner Affleck who will square up to Cavill’s Superman in what Warner Bros is billing as an “original vision of Batman” and “an entirely new incarnation of the character”.

“Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman,” Snyder said in a statement. “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.”

Snyder is due to start shooting the Superman-meets-Batman match-up movie, which is currently untitled, next year (2014) and Warner Bros also announced in the press release that a release date of July 17, 2015 has been set.

Alongside Cavill, Amy Adams is now confirmed to be returning as Lois Lane and fellow Man Of Steel cast members Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne have officially signed up to reprise their roles too. Since its release on June 14, Man Of Steel has grossed over $650 million (£415 million) at cinemas worldwide.