Production on MAN OF STEEL Follow-Up to Begin February 2014; Ben Affleck Reportedly Signed to Play Batman in Multiple Films

     August 24, 2013


If all goes according to plan, three of the biggest films in recent memory will be in production at the same time.  Marvel’s superhero team-up sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron is slated to begin production next March, J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII is set to start filming in “early 2014,” and now word comes that director Zack Snyder’s untitled Man of Steel follow-up will start filming next February.  For those of you just now coming out of a coma, Ben Affleck has been tapped to play Batman opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman in the Warner Bros. film, and the pic appears to be moving full-speed ahead towards its July 17, 2015 release date.

In addition to the filming dates of the Batman vs. Superman film, though, a new report also has confirmation that Affleck has indeed signed on to play Batman in multiple films.  Hit the jump for more, including the specific shooting dates of Batman vs. Superman.

ben-affleck-batman-vs-supermanIn a thoroughly entertaining rundown of the events leading up to Affleck officially signing on to play Batman, the folks over at Heat Vision confirm that Affleck is set to film David Fincher’s Gone Girl from September to February, and then production on Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel is slated to take place from February to August.  That’s one hell of a long shoot, but when you have Superman and Batman in the same movie, audiences expect big, big things.  As a side note, Affleck’s next directorial effort—a prohibition gangster film called Live by Night—will now begin production next fall.  Affleck will juggle preproduction on Live by Night during the filming of Batman vs. Superman so that he can move right into his Argo follow-up once he wraps Snyder’s superhero pic.

Speaking of Batman, when Affleck was first announced as the character, keen fans started to wonder just how many films Affleck had signed on for.  Surely Affleck wasn’t only going to play Batman once, as Warner Bros. likely doesn’t want to begin their Batman search anew so soon.  Sources tell Heat Vision that Affleck “has been signed for multiple movies,” should sequels come to fruition.  That probably involves at least one standalone Batman film and an appearance in Warner Bros.’ long-promised Justice League movie.

Given that Warner Bros. first approached Affleck about directing Justice League and playing Batman last year, one imagines a similar offer is still on the table; it’s entirely possible that we could see Affleck direct Justice League or a standalone Batman movie as part of his deal.  Before angry fans start preparing yet another petition, though, keep in mind that the extent of Affleck’s future in the DC universe depends on the reception of the Batman vs. Superman film.  This project has caught the interest of nearly everyone with access to the internet or a TV, so here’s hoping Snyder and screenwriter David S. Goyer craft a worthwhile endeavor.


  • jackjack

    Nothing compares to a multiple disgrace.

    • Strong Enough

      Just shut up, I would bend over for Nolan any day.

      • Griz

        We know, we know. It seems that the tide has finally turned and everyone now recognizes nolan as a sell out hooker. My work here is done [Rides off into sunset]

      • Dobbyd

        And the color of the sky in your world is……?

      • Griz

        You tell ‘em, Strong Enough! Also, while we’re on the topic, does anybody know if there is a Chris Nolan impersonator that i can hire to come to my house, gather my family in the living room, drop his pants and start pissing in my open mouth while yelling “ACTION”? I’d really like that, in fact, i’m pretty sure that it’ll be the best birthday ever! I’m willing to pay $300 cash. $350 if he can make it taste like asparagus.

    • Griz

      Nolan ruined comic books movies. He lacks imagination so he made some bland super hero movies and claimed they were “realistic” so he wouldn’t have to put any thought into the design of the world he created (let’s just shoot Chicago and New York, derp), wouldn’t have to put thought into making sensical action sequences or fight choreography (just quick cuts and shaky cams or lame punch back and forth fistfights) and lacks the character or fortitude to actually take a stance politically but wants to appear deep so he exploited current events like 911 and and the recession without actually having anything substantive to say about them. He also is a horrendous writer of dialogue and is incapable of writing a plot with out giant holes in the plot. He sucks and you all suck for condoning his idiocy. You only like his movies cause he treated your children storybook tales like they were for grownups.
      [Drops mike, walks off stage]

      • Ray

        (jumps on stage, picks up mike) “Nolan ruined comic book movies.”?? are you serious? I think that’s a rather broad statement considering we are going to be seeing comic book movies nonstop for the next 20 years. and sorry, I beg to differ, i enjoyed Nolan’s version of batman.. cause that is what it is.. a version. So go ahead.. bitch, piss and moan. Cause you know.. guess what.. in the end.. it’s just a movie. I would rather kick back, relax, and just enjoy it for what it is, instead of being a whiny bitch. Some pple don’t know how to throw back popcorn and enjoy the movie.

      • Fuck You All

        Fuck your bitch ass cop out. “It’s genius” “In Nolan we trust” and then when it’s exposed as retarded risible bullshit all a sudden yall is like “it’s popcorn entertainment, derp”. If it was popcorn entertainment idiocy it wouldn’t be three fucking hours long, portentous and lead-footed. It would be fleet, entertaining fluff like Avengers. So which is it? Is it a deep, meaningful explication of our society or is it a meaningless bullshit way to wile away a few hours? You can’t have it both ways because it’s not deep and it’s not entertaining. I’m sorry to ruin your bullshit for you but I have yet to hear someone provide a reason why I should consider it “deep” or why I should consider a nearly three hour, padded, sleep inducing snore-fest entertaining? Fucking enlighten me. It’s bad. Plain and simple. The detractors provide innumerable examples of how this is objectively a bad film. Then the defenders can only say… but… but… rottentomatoes gave it 87. That’s not a fucking argument. Bring me an argument. What’s deep about it? What’s entertaining about batman walking around his mansion for 45 minutes? Make a logical defence and I’ll gladly debate you but I’m sick of you assholes saying it’s good like it’s self evident. This ain’t the fuckin godfather. Add a piss comment below if you must be the lack of a valid argument from the defenders of rises might be the worst thing the internet ever invented.

      • Fuck You All

        Hey, how’s that failed attempt at a job search going? Promising, i’m sure! Lulz! ;-)

      • pinkincide

        Meh, I’m the biggest Nolan critic around, but there wouldn’t even be an Avengers (of any quality) without Nolan jolting us out of the lame Fantastic 4 approach to superhero movies. The first two Batman movies were great, I just hate what Nolan’s become since Inception. He’s gotten so big nobody is giving him a reality check, and it shows. An army of people should’ve screamed bloody murder about the plot holes in TDKR before they were committed to screen. But to say he ruined comic book movies is just stupid.

      • electricteabag

        Everything you’ve said in this post is outlandish and ridiculous. You obviously believe yourself to be an elitist but lack the mental fortitude to pull it off. Grow up.

      • electricteabag

        Everything you’ve said in this post is outlandish and ridiculous. You obviously believe yourself to be an elitist but lack the mental fortitude to pull it off. Grow up.

    • Griz

      Also, does anybody know if there is a Chris Nolan impersonator that i can hire to come to my house, gather my family in the living room, drop his pants and start pissing in my open mouth while yelling “ACTION”? I’d really like that, in fact, i’m pretty sure that it’ll be the best birthday ever! I’m willing to pay $300 cash. $350 if he can make it taste like asparagus.

      • Griz

        Haha. We get it. You blindly love Nolan and you can’t think of an argument to defend him so you resort to the same tired schtick, much like Nolan himself. I bet you post the piss comment below this too. Haha. Good one. So what if I don’t have a popular opinion on a nerd website? LIke Will Hunting says “at least I won’t be unoriginal”. Bitch ass pussy ass bitch.

  • MCP

    What about the Bryan Cranston rumor of him playing Lex? Or did someone sniff the bs out of that…

    • Person

      was wondering the same thing, where’s the article on that? Kinda hope it’s true…

      • Brett

        I would not want Cranston as Lex Luthor. I would not be able to picture him without thinking of Hal from Malcolm in the Middle.

      • Chaich

        You haven’t seen Breaking Bad?

    • Y.U.

      It’s just a baseless rumor from the punks at CosmicBookNews. They’re known for leeching off of existing hype for hits by lying.

      • MCP

        Exactly, was taking that with a grain of salt the size of the iceberg that sank the Titanic!

      • Joe O

        Cranston said he would be interested, but that’s about it

  • Tey

    I believe Cavill, Snyder, Goyer, Affleck and hopefully Cranston will give us a superhero magnum opus!

    • LEM

      They’ll give you a used magnum condom.

      • Strong Enough


      • Griz

        Just like your character. BITCH!!!!!!

      • Strong Enough

        what? lmao

      • Lulz

        I hope your whole family is raped to death in front of your eyes while you weep salty tears I lick from your face. Your ma squealing hard while she begs you to save her but you can’t cause your skewered in place by a massive cock. You feel guilty cause while you’re watching your mother suffer the unimaginable torment of the most damned you’re feeling immeasurable pleasure at dat juicy cock inside you. Lulz.

      • Lulz

        Waaaaaaah! Waaaaaaaah!

        You mad, bro? Lulz! ;-)

      • Strong Enough

        torment? sounds like fun!

      • Griz

        Also, does anybody know if there is a Chris Nolan impersonator that i can hire to come to my house, gather my family in the living room, drop his pants and start pissing in my open mouth while yelling “ACTION”? I’d really like that, in fact, i’m pretty sure that it’ll be the best birthday ever! I’m willing to pay $300 cash. $350 if he can make it taste like asparagus.

    • Nick

      Remove Snyder is you want anything watchable

  • Keir Sittloh

    I’m just hoping they bring back the nipples on the bat suit, that was really cool…

    • WhereDidYouTrain? ON A FARM?!

      Never joke about that.

      • Theodore Trout

        Giant rubber bat-nipples that shoot whipped cream.

    • Tom

      In this case they should hire Joel Schmumacher as creative consultant.

  • Alexander

    Affleck is not the problem..Synder and Goyer are

    • TheDevil’sAdvocate

      I’d be much more excited if Bruce Timm and Paul Dini were the architects of the WB DCCU as they were for the DCAU.

      • tonymatthews

        Yea, gladly Paul Dini is still helping Batman games. Arkham Origins looks better than Begins.

    • junierizzle

      Thank You! I’ve been saying that they were the problem since Batman/Superman was announced.

    • GrimReaper07

      Totally agreed. They could hire the best actors around but if they don’t use them well then it won’t even matter.

    • Theodore Trout

      I dunno.
      I keep hearing the ‘Three Stooges’ theme in my head …

  • Alex Hajna

    Now that you mention WB approaching him about Justice League, I’m betting part of the negotiations had to do with him wanting to be Batman in the movie if he were to direct it. And they worked it out, so now he’s playing Batman and will probably be directing Justice League.

    I could just be talking out of my ass, but it doesn’t sound like it’s out of the realm of possibility.

    • Person

      didn’t they already give Justice League to Zack Snyder, or was that just a rumor? Can’t keep track of anything anymore

      • LEM

        That’s one of the biggest problems with DC, they don’t have the control Marvel does with the universe they’re setting up. I hope at some point Marvel regains Spiderman and X-Men too.

      • Theodore Trout

        And the FF.

    • Nick

      Starring in some films using these effects under someone else’s direction (awful) could get him comfortable to direct a film like justice league.. Either way Snyder needs to make sucker punch 2 and another animated owl movie , because ruining superhero movies is not okay with me. At least the other movie, albeit awful, were easier to skip at the theaters…

  • LEM

    I really hope he gets Kevin Smith hired as a consultant or writer on some of those movies.

    • sense11

      why? hes fucking awful, hes made about 40 minutes of good movie total in his entire career.

      • Theodore Trout

        Look up Kevin Smith’s anecdote on YouTube about his involvement with ‘Superman Lives’, which was to star Nicolas Cage.
        It’s about 20 minutes long, but it’s really funny and totally explains how these types of movies get made.

  • fabrice


    • Ruprect

      Who? You and all the voices in your head?
      Don’t try and talk for anyone else, ok.

      • Theodore Trout

        All the voices in my head are running away shrieking like extras in a Godzilla movie.

      • Ruprect

        Lucky. Mine are more like the extras in the final battle of Transformers, running back and forth across the street 10 minutes after a cataclismic battle of sentient murder-machines has begun.

    • Papi

      Listen to the neckbeards!!!

  • sense11

    Prove us wrong Ben Affleck,

    that’s all that needs to be said

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  • RiddleThemThis

    It doesn’t matter who they get to play batman, its not Christian Bale growling at us so people are going to complain.

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  • Strong Enough

    Look at Ben. He has the perfect chin to play Batman.

    • Tom

      Good to find a positive comment among all this griping.

  • enzofloc

    The Grey Knight IV

  • Travis Gowen

    Everyone hating on this film please put your money where your mouth is and hate the film so much you won’t be seeing it. I would hate to have my view obstructed by any of you amateur film critics/talent scouts.

    • Raptor Jesus

      Done deal. MOS was crap anyway.

      • Travis Gowen

        To each their own on MOS.

      • hunjee

        says the guy who got mad at matt goldberg for bashing grown ups 2. LOL

    • Ruprect

      Travis for the win!

  • Howie

    The main weak point is the story guy’s dialogue & inadequately poor script, goyer. I wish they’d recast lois; being that adam’s delivery of nonsense(lines) pulled down the performances around her(I know this ain’t gonna happen.)
    This movie is WB’s/Snyder’s chance to out-do Marvel(frosty pls relay this), introduce a (batman)hulkbuster suit, Avengers2 won’t have it, and another ironman ain’t happening for awhile. Out-do ninja turtles w/ a bat-family cameo. They’re higher trained ninjas w/ more advanced weapons and higher educations. I know the most logical(easiestly explained) way for bats to even get close to supes, and main reason bats would wear a suit at all, is that it’s zod’s. But, zack needs to look at the top games, MGS, Ghosts, COD, MW: the ninja’s of today, assassins, the spec-ops; they’re using active-camo. Batman needs to be a billionaire not a 600millionaire(nolanverse), and his batsuit needs to be more advanced than warfighters; able to blend in w/ his surroundings owning the night -invisible. Same w/ robin, nightwing, redhood, redrobin, and oracle/batgirl(cast saoirse) all having the same advances under batman’s leadership would be devastating. They could go w/ ‘starktech’ sonic-cannon esque reconstruction equipment converted into weapons to contain/slow superman. But, honestly i’d like to see bruce buy up a couple city blocks of metropolis and drop buildings on his head, the burj khalifa of metropolis is controlled demo imploded onto supes saying, “you can’t.” w/ batman saying, “i can. it’s mine, i own it.”
    Lex should be in the background, a financier of sorts, a bank of england, the illuminati, the one pulling the strings, he’s the one advising the president on what to do -archetype.
    Let Ben make more sense of the dialogue & no more plot holes; he’s the worlds greatest detective, and everything should be fine. #trustzack

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  • ritchie

    focus on the screenplay and script first you sons of bitches

    • Murdoch


    • Alex Hajna

      What makes you think they’re not done the script?

  • ritchie

    I dont have a problem with snyder his direction was fantastic what worries me is GOYER WEAK ASS LAME ASS WRITING.

  • NMphotog

    DC watched a lot of kiddy action fare make buckets and buckets of money with the Avengers. A $500 million take for TDK is peanuts to them. So they aren’t interested in making an Empire Strikes Back. They want Attack of the Clones.


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  • bidi

    the idea of Affleck directing a standalone Batman film is stupendous. if Affleck wants to take over, WB should let him. as a filmmaker, he’s pretty much earned the keys to the castle

  • poppincherry

    Once Ben fucks up in the Batman beats up on Superman there won’t be anymore fucking Batman movies. Snyder is going down in flames baby.
    And all the Pro Ben for Batman writers out there are paid to bend the fuck over studio whores.
    But tell me, y’all think Ben has been taking his PEDs? LOL!
    You know in a few months we’ll see pictures of this bitch looking ripped like Dorian Yates.

    • Matt Damon

      Have you seen The Town? Affleck was easily as ripped as Bale was in any Batman movie. He will be just fine without PEDs. Maybe you should watch some movies and learn some shit before you post and make yourself look stupid

  • Shogun47

    Affleck will direct his own trilogy of batman movies and star in a justice league movie and its sequel. Between he will have free reign to make whatever movie he likes. Obviously he cut the same deal with Warner brothers that Nolan did.

  • Tom

    I completly okay with Ben on board, but please title won’t be like “Superman vs. Batman” or “Batman vs. Superman”.

    So far I really love how they use Dark Knight as term of Batman and Man of Steel in the case of Superman (yeah I know in the film characters use this term).

  • Baby Jean

    I’ve finally come to terms with Ben being Batman. Now that I’ve had a few days to think about it, and encouraged by some of our more reasonable contributors on here, I’ve decided I’m going to support Ben with everything I got. Because really, wouldn’t it be better to alleviate some of the humongous pressure Snyder & Co already feel regarding MoS2 ? Nobody in their right mind sets out to ruin the biggest project of their career on purpose. I believe WB wants this to work BADLY. And we don’t have all the details about why they chose him. He very well could have blown their mind with his vision of the dark knight, it wouldn’t be the craziest thing. And really, at this stage of his career I don’t think Ben Affleck would do this unless he felt confident that he’s right for the part. And that’s all we can ask of him, truthfully : show up, be dedicated, be professional, and then come what may. And he’s done that before (and reaped accolades from the profession), so let’s dare to dream that he’ll elevate the franchise to new nights.
    Dreams have come true before…

    • Cooper

      And you’ll still be a virgin either way.

  • Hunter

    Ben Affleck has proven he can make good movies while being the lead character. Im not judging anything until I see the movie or at least a theatrical trailer, but if he does pull it off this could be a win as far as a director goes for a future batman film or even Justice League.

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  • peter parker

    DC universe is going doooowwnnnnnnn!

    Come on Phase 2
    Man of steel was a steaming pile. the most boring action scenes I’ve seen this year.
    I hope Zac stays away from justice league and they hire a good director.

  • mick

    I’ve been reading a lot of comments and jokes about Ben being batman and how it could relate to the new justice league. A lot of people are bringing up Damon as robin (ha ha) but I’m surprised that no one has mentioned Jennifer Garner possibly being Wonder Woman in a JL-Affleck-directed movie. Really surprised nobody mentioned that especially sense she has the action chops and has actually been good in some action (Alias).
    Also, having seen Runner, Runner already, I still don’t see him being good at Batman, but I think him not being a good choice COUPLED with a myriad of other things could not lead to a good movie. Also, I keep reading a lot of articles reporting on the producers and executive producers of the film and was wondering, is Nolan still involved in this? I mean, I heard he was supposed to be a “consultant” but isn’t Interstellar supposed to be filming during the same time (like right now) as the BvsS filming and this casting? Hmm?


    This debate is getting real old,
    real fast! I was initially dissapointed in this as I was hoping Josh
    Brolin would be the Bat. But he is not. So, … Heres what we have….

    Ben Affleck, looks more like Comics/Cartoon Bruce Wayne than Bale did. & has the Chin for it.

    Ben Affleck can bulk up for the role just like Cavil did for Supes.

    He can act pretty great compared to his earlier works.

    If he looks like Bruce Wayne, he looks like Batman, (Theyre the same person!)

    Bales Batman and Bruce was flawed performance! Good but flawed,
    especially his Bat-voice. Keaton was a great Batman, but his Bruce was
    decent but not like the comics.

    We have also had a Comedy 60s Batman, A terrible Clooney Batman, and
    an OK (maybe even underrated) Val Kilmer Batman. Yet people are
    complaining about Ben Affleck who looks the most like Bruce/Batman out
    of all the previous actors?

    Also, MOS. I believe people either Love what it is, or hate what its not! Or a little of both. Personally I like what they did with it, but it had its flaws. And I could actually spot the Nolan parts in it, which was jarring editing. Not even a cool Intro etc.. But, I also think Bats vs Supes, will also be constructed differently than MOS origin story. I’m sure the fanboy backlash would have Snyder etc taking notes.


    All we need to know is this…

    What does Afflecks Bat-Voice sound like???? Did he do a Batman impression at a Test screening to win over Snyder etc?

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  • Stephens

    So how about The Stand movie…..

  • Stephens

    So how about The Stand movie…..

  • Phil

    I really support Ben as Batman. He has the physique, the acting skills and i look forward to him and Cavill kicking each others asses!!!!!! People should wait till the movie or at least the trailer comes out to judge. Also i think they after MOS and Batman/Superman, they should introduce the third trinity member: WW in her own movie for 2016 as and origin story, instead of Flash. Then JLA in 2017 and then Flash in 2017 with Zoom attempting to reverse Barry becoming Flash which would show his origins in a new way and then Batman reboot with Robin’s origin since it will be and older Bats and with his solo film being his 3rd appearance in this universe. Finally MOS2 with Supergirl and Mongul, maybe called MOS: War. Also nice to see Joss Whedon and Stephen Amell supporting Affleck as the DK.

    • Phil

      *that after MOS
      *as an origin story
      *Flash in 2018
      *will be an older Bats
      Sorry for bat spelling, i was rushing!

      • Phil

        Bad spelling, LOL