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Joss Whedon Throws His Supports Behind New Batman Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck, Joss Whedon
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Though there is a sense of rivalry between the DC and Marvel movie universes (or at least jealously, which seems the only reason Warner Brothers was so desperate to make 'Justice League'), the people behind these films have no ill will towards their supposed competitors. 'Avengers' director Joss Whedon -- after a day where many disparaged the casting of Ben Affleck as the new Batman -- has thrown his support behind the filmmaker-turned-crimefighter.

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Ben Affleck Is Batman, and Here’s Why That’s Perfect Casting

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Weinstein Company/Warner Bros.

By now, you've surely heard the news: Ben Affleck has been cast as Batman in the still unofficially titled 'Man of Steel 2,' which will see Superman go toe-to-toe with the Caped Crusader.

The reaction was immediate and intense. For

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POLL: Who Would You Like to See as Batman in ‘Man of Steel 2′?

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With the announcement that Ben Affleck will play the Dark Knight in the Batman and Superman-centric 'Man of Steel 2,' it reminds us how many actors were rumored or have played the part. Disregarding Batmans past, like Michael Keaton and George Clooney, there were a number of actors in contention. But who would you like to see play Batman in the movie?

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‘Man of Steel 2′ Casts Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight

Ben Affleck, Batman
NBC, Getty

Holy change-up, Batman! Ben Affleck, two-time Oscar winner, director/star of 'Argo,' and former Daredevil, has just been announced as the new Batman in the Batman and Superman/ 'Man of Steel 2' movie.

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‘Man of Steel 2′ Poll: Bryan Cranston for Lex Luthor?

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AMC/DC

Bryan Cranston recently indicated that he would be more than happy to shave his head (again) to potentially play the villainous Lex Luthor in 'Man of Steeel 2.' While there's no concrete evidence to suggest he's been offered the job or that Luthor will even appear in the sequel, it's still a fun question to ponder. Would the man who broke bad so well on TV be an ideal nemesis for Superman?

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‘Batman and Superman’ Rumor: Bryan Cranston is Down to Play Lex Luthor

Bryan Cranston, Lex Luthor
AMC/DC

'Batman and Superman' may be one of the big event films of 2015, but the film is still trying to find its cast. Sure, Henry Cavill is a lock as Superman, but recent word is that Warner Brothers is asking Christian Bale to re-don the cape and cowl, and is willing to pay him a lot to do so. But even then, who knows if he'll say yes? Bryan Cranston seems to want to make casting that much easier, as he's expressed interest in playing Lex Luthor.

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‘Batman vs. Superman’ Rumor: Could $60 Million Bring Back Christian Bale’s Dark Knight?

Batman Superman Christian Bale
Warner Bros.

The past few weeks have been awash in Batman casting rumors with everyone from Josh Brolin to Ryan Gosling apparently being on Warner Bros.' secret short list. However, new rumors suggest that the studio may cut its losses and stick with what works. The latest chatter, once again, claims that Christian Bale is being asked to reprise the role for the announced 'Batman vs. Superman' movie, and he's getting, uh, a substantial paycheck waved in front of him.

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‘Man of Steel 2′: Is Mark Strong the Next Lex Luthor? [UPDATED]

Mark Strong Lex Luthor
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UPDATE: Additional speculation suggests that 'Breaking Bad' star Bryan Cranston may also be up for the role. Between these two actors, which would you rather see get the part?

As eagle-eyed fans the world over will tell you, 'Man of Steel' contained numerous references to LexCorp, the company run by iconic Superman villain Lex Luthor. Naturally, tongues started wagging and everyone immediately assumed that the bald baddie would play a major role in the inevitable sequel. And then the fantasy casting began.

And now, Mark Strong has hinted that the role may be his.

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POLL: Who’s Your Pick to Play Batman in ‘Man of Steel 2′?

Batman Man of Steel 2
Warner Bros.

No doubt the hottest casting debate going on right now is this: Who will play Batman in 'Man of Steel 2'? A bevy of names have come up recently, and we're wondering who you think is the best fit.

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Armie Hammer Rules Himself Out of ‘Batman vs. Superman’ Movie, Studio to Cast Older Batman?

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Once upon a time, Armie Hammer had actually signed on to be the next Batman on the big screen, in a 'Justice League' movie that was eventually canceled, but judging from his most recent comments on the subject, it sounds like he has no interest in a Dark Knight return.

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