Ben Affleck as Batman: First Image Released (Photo)
The first image of Ben Affleck as Batman in the upcoming Superman-Batman film has hit the web.
Director Zack Snyder unveiled the photo via Twitter on Tuesday, after teasing the day before that a Batman reveal of some sort was coming.
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The monochromatic image features Affleck in the Batsuit with the new Batmobile at his side, as smoke looms in the background.
Affleck was cast in the role last August and the announcement was met with mixed reaction. (Snyder said at the time that Affleck's Batman would be "older and wiser.") In response to Internet backlash, Affleck appeared on Late Night in September to address worries. "They said just don't use the Internet for a couple of days," Affleck said at the time. "I handle shit. I'm very tough. I saw the announcement, I look down on the first comment … the first one just goes, 'Nooooooooo!' "
Snyder's Superman-Batman follow-up will return Henry Cavill, who starred in Man of Steel, as Superman. Gal Gadot will play Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg has been cast as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons is set as Alfred and Ray Fisher will portray Victor Stone/Cyborg. Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey and Tao Okamoto are also in the cast and will play newly created characters.
Affleck, Cavill and Gadot are expected to reprise their roles for the Justice League movie, which will also be directed by Snyder and have a 2017 release.
Warner Bros. has slated the Batman-Superman tentpole for May 6, 2016.
by Graeme McMillan