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PHOTO: Get a Closer Look at Ben Affleck as Batman

See Ben Affleck as Batman at Comic-Con

Originally posted 07/24/2014 09:00PM

Batman's back – and broodier than ever.

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Ben Affleck to Play Batman, But Who Should Play Robin? | Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck to Play Batman in 2015 Superman Sequel

Originally posted 08/23/2013 07:45AM

As most everyone knows, billionaire Bruce Wayne has an alter ego. But as was announced late Thursday, it's something of a surprise: Ben Affleck will play Batman in an upcoming sequel to this summer's hit Man of Steel.

For the first time, too, the Caped Crusader will join forces with Superman, again to be played by British actor Henry Cavill, 31, in the as-yet-untitled movie to be directed by Man of Steel's Zack Snyder.

The mash-up will begin production next year and be released July 17, 2015, reports EW.com. Man of Steel stars Amy Adams (as Lois Lane), Laurence Fishburne (Perry White) and Diane Lane (Martha Kent) have also been announced to return.

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