BEN AFFLECK AS BATMAN IN THE NEXT MAN OF STEEL?

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Holy casting news, Robin! Ben Affleck will take on the role of Batman in the as-yet-unnamed superhero movie coming from Warner Bros. in the summer of 2015.

“Affleck and filmmaker Zack Snyder will create an entirely new incarnation of the character in Snyder’s as-yet-untitled project — bringing Batman and Superman together for the first time on the big screen and continuing the director’s vision of their universe, which he established in ‘Man of Steel,’” Warner Bros. said in a statement. 

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At Comic-Con in July, the studio announced that the two superheroes would battle each other in the upcoming film.”Let’s face it, it’s beyond mythological to have Superman and our new Batman facing off, since they are the greatest superheroes in the world,” Snyder said at the time.Henry Cavill, who played Superman in “Man of Steel,” the reboot of that hero’s story, will reprise his role in the new film, but speculation about the Batman casting has kept fan websites busy. Affleck, however, seems to have caught many comic-book fans by surprise. Back in July, bookies made Joseph Gordon-Levitt an early favorite to take the part. Affleck’s name wasn’t even mentioned on a list of 15 possible Batman contenders reported by the London Guardian.