Source: The Hollywood Reporter
Richard Dreyfuss jokes that he was up for the part, while “Gigli” jokes and suggestions of roles for Matt Damon and Jennifer Lopez run rampant.
The cat’s out of the bag, bat-fans. Ben Affleck will don the cowl for 2015’s Man of Steel follow-up, the first time Batman and Superman will be united on the big screen.
Hollywood fans on Twitter have their own take on the Argo Oscar winner tackling yet another superhero role after 2003’s Daredevil and 2006’s Hollywoodland.
It’s hard to believe this is something people would be opinionated about. (Kidding.) Josh Gad declared the casting was “genius!” while Richard Dreyfus joked he was up for the role, tweeting: “You read for a part, you feel good about it, you feel confident, then they cast Ben Affleck.”
Others recommended pairings with old Affleck collaborators, with British actor Robert Kazinsky suggesting Matt Damon for the Joker and film critic Stephen Whitty rather unkindly opining Jennifer Lopez should be cast as Catwoman to “torpedo the whole thing.”
As for Affleck, he has yet to tweet. But a Ben Affleck Batman parody Twitter account popped up and quickly amassed 12,000 followers. It’s been sending messages worthy of a superhero: “I am proud to serve the people of Gotham. And the people are proud to have me.”
Find more tweets below. We’ll be riding the bat wave and updating throughout the evening.
Ben Affleck will replace Christian Bale in the Batman-Superman movie that’s scheduled to be released in July 2015.
Warner Bros. made the announcement Thursday.
From the press release announcing the casting:
“Ending weeks of speculation, Ben Affleck has been set to star as Batman, a.k.a. Bruce Wayne. 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.” The announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
“Affleck will star opposite Henry Cavill, who will reprise the role of Superman/Clark Kent. The film will also reunite “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.
“In the announcement, Silverman stated, ‘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. 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.’
“Snyder also expressed his excitement about the casting of Affleck, noting, ‘Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’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.’
“Kroll added, ‘We are so thrilled that Ben is continuing Warner Bros.’ remarkable legacy with the character of Batman. He is a tremendously gifted actor who will make this role his own in this already much-anticipated pairing of these two beloved heroes.’
Affleck has some previous experience as a superhero — he played Daredevil in the 2003 film of the same name.
The ‘Lost’ auction: A list of notable purchases
Yes, someone did pay $25,000 for this. (Profiles in History)
We may be living in challenging economic times. But that didn’t stop some “Lost” fans from spending $5,000 on a 12-pack of Dharma Initiative beer — or $16,000 for the door to the Swan station — during this weekend’s “Lost” auction.
Bidding got frenzied and expensive during the two-day sale of props, costumes and other assorted gems from the “Lost” production closets. Held in Santa Monica, Calif., but open to bidders who participated in person, via phone and online, the Profiles in History auction netted $900,000 on Saturday, according to the New York Times, with Sunday totals projected to go well over $1 million.
One Celebritology reader told me she was lucky enough to snag Sawyer’s outfit from the pilot episode for the bargain basement price — in “Lost” auction terms, anyway — of $650. But the majority of items tended to go for upwards of $1,000, making bidding from one’s home laptop an often disheartening affair. (What? I can’t even get some Apollo candy bars without dropping 2K?)
Dharma Volkswagen van: $47,500
Daniel Faraday’s journal with Jughead notes and reminder about Desmond Hume being his Constant: $27,500
The Frozen Donkey Wheel: $25,000
Hurley’s Camaro: $24,000
A copy of the pilot script, signed by J.J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof: $15,000
The fail-safe key turned by Desmond Hume: $11,000
The controversial squirrel baby could have been yours’ for a mere $2,750. (Profiles in History)
Jack’s bloody outfit from the final scene: $10,000
Large piece of the fuselage: $9,000
Charlie Pace’s Drive Shaft ring: $9,000
John Locke’s suicide letter to Jack: $9,000
Kate’s toy airplane: $6,500
Benjamin Linus’s fake money and passports: $5,000
Hurley’s notebook with his rewrite of the “Empire Strikes Back”: $4,250
Sawyer’s copy of “Watership Down”: $3,300
Claire’s Squirrel Baby: $2,750 (perhaps it didn’t go for more due to the Squirrel Baby controversy?)
Rousseau’s music box: $1,800
The fact that you now can’t afford your monthly mortgage payments because you spent so much money on “Lost” auction stuff?: Priceless.
By Jen Chaney
The Washington Post
August 23, 2010; 11:05 AM ET
The LOST prop auction is August 21-22 at 1:00 PM (Pacific Daylight Time) in Santa Monica, California. Dan and I are thinking of doing a road trip to go down to the auction and have a look-see. I have about a 1/2 dozen items I am interested in, but I think 2 of them everyone else will be too.
The address of the auction is:
3021 Airport Ave.
Santa Monica, CA 90405
Here are some photos of some items that are going to be up for sale. I’ll try to show some photos each day until the auction.
Here are a couple more items from the LOST prop auction in Summer 2010. The auction is hosted by Profiles in History and you can sign up for e-mail notification on their Web site.
Well, you can’t keep a bad man down!
LOST’s evil Benjamin Linus aka Michael Emerson gave a very eloquent acceptance speech (so un-Ben like) when accepting the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (his first win in three nominations).
Here is a YouTube video of Michael accepting his award.
Even though the LOST auction is not until next year, you can start saving your pennies now for your own Darma jumpsuit. You will be the darling of the office in these fashionable outerwares from the LOST television show prop department. The Profiles in History auction will take place in 2010.