Batman first look: Ben Affleck poses with Batmobile

May 13, 2014 | 11:09 a.m.
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Jesse Eisenberg will star as Lex Luthor in the upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel. (Jim Lee / DC Entertainment; Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

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Jeremy Irons will play Alfred Pennyworth in the upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel. (Brian Bolland / DC Entertainment; Ethan Miller / Getty Images)

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Ben Affleck has been cast as Batman opposite Henry Cavill's Superman in the upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel. (Ethan Van Sciver / DC Entertainment; Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

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Actress and model Gal Gadot, best known for her work in the "Fast & Furious" film franchise, has been cast as Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder's upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel. (Alex Ross / DC Entertainment; Handout)

The first photo of Ben Affleck as Batman has arrived.

Zack Snyder, the director of the upcoming “Man of Steel” sequel that will bring together Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, released the image on Twitter on Tuesday. In the photo, Affleck’s Batman is standing beside the newly redesigned Batmobile.

Check it out below.

Ben Affleck as Batman poses beside the new model Batmobile that will be featured in the sequel to "Man of Steel." (Warner Bros.)

Ben Affleck as Batman poses beside the new model Batmobile that will be featured in the sequel to “Man of Steel.” (Warner Bros.)

Set for release on May 6, 2016, the sequel will see Henry Cavill reprise his “Man of Steel” role as Superman, with Affleck taking over as Batman and Israeli actress Gal Gadot portraying Wonder Woman. Jesse Eisenberg has been cast as Lex Luthor in the film, which will lead in to a planned “Justice League” movie that Snyder also will direct.

Warner Bros. has not yet confirmed which characters will appear in the “Justice League” film.

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Although “Man of Steel” became one of the biggest hits of last summer, grossing more than $291 million at the North American box office, the follow-up generated controversy early on, beginning with the casting of Affleck, which was greeted with much consternation on the Internet. The hashtag #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck began trending on Twitter almost immediately after he was announced to take over the mantle from actor Christian Bale in filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Gotham City trilogy.

(Some prominent voices in the genre community expressed enthusiasm at the prospect of seeing Cavill’s Superman squaring off with Affleck’s Batman. “Avengers” filmmaker Joss Whedon, for one, tweeted: “He’s got the chops, he’s got the chin — just needs the material. Affleck & Cavill toe to toe — I’m in.”)

Similarly, some fans expressed concern that Gadot, best known for her appearances in three “Fast & Furious” films, wouldn’t receive enough of the spotlight in her role as Diana Prince, given that she’s sharing time with DC Comics’ two most legendary heroes. There was further angst when it was revealed that boyish “Social Network” star Eisenberg had claimed the part of Superman’s traditionally burly, bald and middle-aged archnemesis.

In an interview with Hero Complex, Snyder spoke candidly about keeping tabs on fanboy “talk-back” and how outcry is “reassuring and frustrating at the same time.”

“There are two ways to think about it,” Snyder said. “We know the material. Unfortunately, the fans don’t know the material. So, we’re casting according to what’s happening in the script. And we’re hoping that leads to enough originality, enough perspective on what we’re doing that you get something fresh and exciting. I understand the canon. I’m not crazy. I know what these characters need from a mythological standpoint. I think Jesse is going to be an amazing Lex. Let’s not forget he was nominated for an Academy Award. It’s not like I just grabbed my friend to play the guy! This guy’s the real deal. By the way, in looking at all the talk-back, you can get all different perspectives in there too. Some people are hating to hate.”

— Gina McIntyre and Chris Lee

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8 Responses to Batman first look: Ben Affleck poses with Batmobile

  1. MIke says:

    I wonder who Superman will kill in this movie? Maybe Batman uses a gun to mow down criminals. After the mockery that was the Man of Steel's ending, i won't be buying tickets for the sequel.

    • Robert says:

      Perhaps that is why Batman is going to try and stop him. I personally think it is a great setup from the Man of Steel movie. A young and careless Superman accidently wreaks a city and it is up to a experienced grizzled Batman to make sure that it never happens again.

  2. cody says:

    This movie is going to be awesome. Everyone will be hopping out of the theater with one foot in their mouths. Superman has taken plenty of lives in the comics by the way. I could do with less christopher reeve style and more of what a battle in the dcu would look like. Anyone who has ever read a dc book knows that collateral damage is kind of their thing. Zack snyder did a fine job of portraying what a kryptonian sized hissy fit looks like.

    • Robert says:

      Right on fellow DC brother.

    • Mike says:

      Superman killing Zod by breaking his neck was ridiculous. Any shmoe could do that. This is Superman. he's supposed to find another way. That's the very essence of Superman's character and they dropped the ball. This was a failure of the writers and director to accurately portray the character.

      And the scene was just cheesy which means it was poor film making.

  3. cody says:

    We have seen superman tear down a skyscraper and use it like a baseball bat in the books, is that the cheese you would prefer. The thing that has always made superman uninteresting is that he seems to be infallable. I totally buy a rookie superman running out of options. Anyone who has ever seen his powers taken away knows that clark doesn’t know the first thing about combat. Zod on the other was literally bred for the military and getting used to his powers taking away supermans only advantage. It was only amatter of time before zod killed superman and then the subsequint end of the world blah blah blah. Anyway i respect your opinion but I’d rather see superman as a man raised by humans. Humans are not perfect. I’d rather see a superman where glasses dont fool everyone. I find it less insulting to my intelligence. Plus dc has 52 universes man. Think of it as an else world.

  4. V lopez says:

    I would prefer a blue eyes, dark hair Wonder Woman like the original one!

  5. Ben affleck has already ruined one superhero do we really want him to ruin a legend again poor batman has had some sad people represent him in the movies and TV west clooney kilmer and now I’m afraid afflec will be amoungst the list of actors who mad a mockery of DC comics legand batman has been in movies since 1947 the need to stop giving the role to butchers and for god sakes what did the do to wonder woman’s costume what’s next superman in a tutu

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