In a surprising move, Warner Bros. has announced that actor/director Ben Affleck will don the cowl as Batman in the follow up to this summer's Man of Steel, which they also announced will be released on July 17, 2015.
The film will put DC Entertainment's two most notable heroes on screen together for the first time and is expected to be their first major step at creating a shared movie universe and, potentially, creating a cinematic version of their big super-team, The Justice League.
Affleck is an accomplished actor and, in my opinion, an exceptionally talented director and this is a bold and solid move by WB/DC in their efforts to get their cinematic universe off and running. If nothing else this surely stirs up some excitement and conversation. Clearly WB was inspired to cast Affleck after seeing his ability to hide his true identity in the clip linked here.