As I’m sure most of you heard last night, Warner Bros. announced that they have found their new Bruce Wayne/Batman for the Superman/Batman team-up Man of Steel sequel set for July 17, 2015. Your new Batman in the (presumably) 3D IMAX adventure helmed by Zack Snyder is not Christian Bale (who apparently turned down Warner Bros.’ offer of all the money) or Joseph Gordon-Levitt, but Ben Affleck. What this buys Warner Bros. is a major added value element, one of the bigger stars of the last fifteen years playing Warner’s most iconic character, with all of the free publicity and audience awareness that comes with that. What this buys Affleck is a lifetime of artistic freedom as a producer and/or director.
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