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After Major Oscar Snub Last Year, This Actor Has a Lot of Good Will Going For Him -- Ergo, He's Landed the Part as the Next Batman LA Times' Hero Complex blog

Christian Bale is done doing his thing as Batman, so the caped crusader will be played by another actor in the next "Superman" movie.

"Ben Affleck will play Batman opposite Henry Cavill in the 'Man of Steel' sequel, Warner Bros. announced today," reports the Los Angeles Times' Hero Complex blog.

The story continues: "In a statement, director Zack Snyder expressed his excitement about the casting of Affleck, noting, 'Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. 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.' ”

"Snyder, who directed 'Man of Steel,' is set to co-write the story with David S. Goyer, who will pen the screenplay. Production is expected to begin next year, with a July 17, 2015, release date."