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.
‘Ghostbusters 3’: Dan Aykroyd Spills Details on Plot
“We will be doing the movie and hopefully with” Bill Murray, the actor says.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
After months of speculation, Dan Aykroyd, one of the original stars, hinted Thursday on The Dennis Miller Show that the film could start shooting in the spring.
He added that Bill Murray has not yet committed to the project, but he and the creatives behind the film are hoping Murray signs on to reprise his role from the first two films.
“Yes, we will be doing the movie and hopefully with Mr. Murray,” he said, as reported by ComingSoon.net. “That is our hope. We have an excellent script.”
In March, Ivan Reitman expressed that same sentiment to The Hollywood Reporter, saying: “There’s a very good script that the other cast members have read and liked. We’re just waiting for Bill Murray to read it.”
But on Thursday, Aykroyd argued that the movie could go forward without Murray should he decide not to return.
“What we have to remember is that Ghostbusters is bigger than any one component, although Billy was absolutely the lead and contributive to it in a massive way, as was the director and Harold [Ramis], myself and Sigourney [Weaver],” he said. “The concept is much larger than any individual role and the promise of Ghostbusters 3 is that we get to hand the equipment and the franchise down to new blood.”
The story line, according to Aykroyd, will center around the original Ghostbusters’ inability to effectively bust ghosts anymore, so they set out to find new recruits.
“My character, Ray, is now blind in one eye and can’t drive the Cadillac,” he says, “He’s got a bad knee and can’t carry the packs. … Egon [Ramis’ character] is too large to get into the harness. We need young blood and that’s the promise. We’re gonna hand it to a new generation.”
It’s unclear whether the fourth Ghostbuster, Ernie Hudson, would be part of the cast. In April, the actor said he had not been approached by anyone in the project.
“I haven’t seen anybody with any money, but I hear it’s happening, and I’ve been reading all the press stuff, and the fans have been telling me that it’s on,” he told TMZ.
Meanwhile, Aykroyd did say Thursday that there has been no casting decisions made, but one of his recommendations would be Criminal Minds actor Matthew Gray Gubler.
“There’s going to be a casting,” he added.”:We’re going to see everyone that wants to do it. We’re going to need … three guys and a young woman.”