This bit of news broke while we were in the middle of recording our 400th episode so we didn’t get to full analyze it but The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that the multiple Academy Award winning director and actor Ben Affleck has been cast as Batman/Bruce Wayne in the sequel to Man of Steel.
My quick thoughts on this is that I know someone involved in the production and thus I know that Warner Bros. is really keen on having Affleck (who won an Oscar for his last directorial effort, the excellent Argo) direct a Justice League movie. But Affleck has let it be known that he will only direct films that he is also acting in. And now he’s been cast as Batman. So now he’s all lined up to direct a Justice League film. Will it play out that way? We’ll see.
Update! Director/writer Zach Snyder says about Affleck:
Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry [Cavill]’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.