The Hollywood Reporter had posted an extensive article on how Ben Affleck said say yes to playing the Caped Crusader in Zack Snyder’s 2015 Man of Steel follow-up. The article says several other actors like Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin were approached before Affleck, but they passed. Snyder reached out to Affleck to check the star’s interest and indeed he was curious.
Once Affleck was curious and satisfied, initial talks focusing on story and character began. WME’s Patrick Whitesell and Ziffren Brittenham’s Sam Fischer began negotiating his role in the Superman sequel.
Sources tell THR that Affleck has been signed for multiple movies, should sequels continue to proliferate. The package potentially lines Affleck up to star in (and maybe direct) Warner Bros.’ answer to The Avengers–the eventual Justice League movie. The talks were so secretive that many Warner Bros. execs and most WME agents remained unaware of their existence.
Christopher Nolan at one point offered Affleck the chance to direct “Man of Steel.” Affleck declined, seemingly because of a desire not to return to the world of superheroes although being an avowed comic book fan.
Affleck will shoot “Gone Girl” opposite Rosamund Pike from September until February, then shift to Superman/Batman film from February to August (while doing pre-production on Live By Night), then tackle that film, a Prohibition gangster movie, as writer-director-star next fall.
Because it’s considered a sequel to Man of Steel and not a Batman movie, any potential underperformance issues won’t ultimately land on Affleck’s shoulders.