Warner Bros. reveals who we'll be seeing as Batman in that Man of Steel sequel

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Nov 18, 2016, 1:10 PM EST (Updated)

And the next big-screen incarnation of the Dark Knight will be ...

Ben Affleck.

That's right. It's not a rumor or an unconfirmed report or a report of ongoing negotiations. It's a done deal. Warner Bros. Pictures announced Thursday that Affleck is on board to play Batman opposite Henry Cavill's Superman in Zack Snyder's still-untitled (though we've just been calling it Superman/Batman) sequel to Man of Steel. The flick, which will also reunite Snyder with Man of Steel writer David S. Goyer and actors Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane, will start shooting next year for a July 17, 2015, release date. 

“Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman," Snyder said in a statement from the studio. "He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him."

So, after a month of speculation following the Comic-Con announcement that the Caped Crusader and the Man of Tomorrow would meet on the big screen for the very first time, we've got our Batman for better or worse. In the realm of superhero films, Affleck is known (and, among certain comics fans, infamous) for 2003's disappointing Marvel Comics adaptation Daredevil, but his career has garnered new prestige in the last few years as both an actor and director. Films like HollywoodlandGone Baby GoneThe Town and last year's Best Picture winner Argo (which he both directed and starred in) have definitely put him back on the map, and now he's heading firmly back into blockbuster territory.

But will it work? Despite its hefty box-office haul, Man of Steel polarized fans with its depiction of Superman, and now the same creative team is taking on Batman. What do you think? Will Affleck, Snyder, Goyer and company give us a new Dark Knight we can love, or will we be longing for the days of Christian Bale again?

You can read Warner Bros.' full press release on the announcement here.

(Via The Wrap)