Actor and director Ben Affleck will be the next Batman in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel that will unite Superman and Batman.
Warner Bros. (TWX) made the announcement on Thursday that Affleck will succeed Christian Bale as the new caped crusader according to The Associated Press. He will star alongside Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, and Laurence Fishburne in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman film.
Snyder said that Ben Affleck has the experience to play a character who’s “older and wiser than Clark Kent,” but still retains the charm of a billionaire. This won’t be Ben Affleck’s first time playing a superhero as he played the title character in 2003’s Daredevil.
The Batman and Superman franchises are more popular than ever with The Dark Knight Rises making over $1 billion in the box office last year and Man of Steel raking in $650 million this summer. The new Superman film is scheduled for a July 17, 2015 release.