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Ben Affleck Is Your New Batman

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Because he's the hero Gotham deserves--and because Gotham deserves a hero they've never regarded as better than utterly satisfactory in anything he's ever been in--Ben Affleck has been named the Batman of the post-Bale age.

Warner Bros. made the new official Thursday evening, evidently forgetting that they weren't still replacing Clooney and formally announcing that Affleck will take on the cowl to defend Boston in Zack Snyder's Superman-Batman face-off sequel to Man of Steel.

"We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics' most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some," Warner's President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production said, in regards to Daredevil.

Snyder added, "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." And, since no one bothered to see when Affleck already played a scarred and orphaned millionaire in the 2004 holiday comedy Surviving Christmas, who's to say that's not true?

We'll find out either way July 17, 2015, when the still-untitled film hits theaters and, at long last, gives fans the long-awaited film where Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill say things at each other.

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