Ben Affleck sure looks like the brooding Batman we’ve come to know and love in the first still from the upcoming Batman vs. Superman film, posted by director Zack Snyder on Twitter. The black-and-white shot shows Affleck in full Dark Knight gear — complete with some serious muscle definition, throbbing veins and all — standing alongside a very sharp looking Batmobile.
Affleck will star alongside Henry Cavill, who will reprise his role as Superman from Man of Steel, which also stars Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. The movie was scheduled to open this summer, but Warner Bros. delayed the release to give the “filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story.” The film is now scheduled to open May 6th, 2016.
— ZackSnyder (@ZackSnyder) May 13, 2014
The news that Affleck would play Batman in the Batman vs. Superman sequel was met with plenty of derision (and Gigli jokes) on Twitter, the actor shrugged off the backlash and seems confident in his ability to pull off the role without stepping on Christian Bale’s turn in the Dark Knight trilogy.
Affleck even admitted he was wary of the role himself when Snyder first offered it to him, saying in an interview last year: “Initially I was reluctant, as I felt I didn’t fit the traditional mold,” he said. “But once Zack showed me the concept, and that it would be both different from the great movies that Chris [Nolan] and Christian [Bale] made but still in keeping with tradition I was excited.”