LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ben Affleck will don Batman's cape and cowl.
Warner Bros. announced Thursday that the 41-year-old actor-director will star as a new incarnation of the Dark Knight in a film bringing Batman and Superman together.
The studio said Affleck will star opposite 30-year-old Henry Cavill, who will reprise his role as Superman from “Man of Steel.” The movie will also feature “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams as
The big-screen DC Comics superhero mash-up was first revealed by director Zack Snyder at last month's Comic-Con International in
Snyder, who will direct the sequel written by “Man of Steel” screenwriter David S. Goyer, said in a statement that Affleck will provide an “interesting counter-balance” to Cavill's Clark Kent.
“(Affleck) has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than
Production on the as-yet-untitled film is expected to begin in 2014 for release
It won't be Affleck's first time in superhero garb. He played a blind Marvel crime fighter in 2003's “Daredevil” and portrayed 1950s Superman actor George Reeves in 2006's “Hollywoodland.”
Affleck's “Argo,” which he starred in and directed, won the Academy Award for best picture earlier this year.
Christian Bale most recently played Batman in director Christopher Nolan's “Dark Knight” trilogy.