Affleck has been cast as The Dark Knight/Bruce Wayne for Zack Snyder's unnamed sequel to "Man of Steel," which will finally pair DC's two most iconic heroes on the big screen.
The announcement came Thursday from Greg Silverman, prresident of Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, president of Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, for Warner Bros. Pictures.
Henry Cavill will return with the Big S on his chest for the film. "Man of Steel" so far has brought in more than $650 million worldwide. Also returning for the Bats/Supes team-up are Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.
"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," Silverman said in a statement. "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."
"Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry's Superman," Snyder added. "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."
"We are so thrilled that Ben is continuing Warner Bros.' remarkable legacy with the character of Batman," Kroll said. "He is a tremendously gifted actor who will make this role his own in this already much-anticipated pairing of these two beloved heroes."
The film is being written by David S. Goyer from a story he created with Snyder.