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  • Ben Affleck, who won the Academy Award earlier this year for best picture as producer of "Argo," will play Batman in a film that pairs him with Henry Cavill's Superman.

      Ben Affleck, who won the Academy Award earlier this year for best picture as producer of "Argo," will play Batman in a film that pairs him with Henry Cavill's Superman.
    Associated Press

  • Christian Bale played Batman in three films directed by Christopher Nolan, including 2012's "The Dark Knight Rises."

      Christian Bale played Batman in three films directed by Christopher Nolan, including 2012's "The Dark Knight Rises."
    Associated Press

  • Henry Cavill will reprise his role as Superman in 2015's "Man of Steel" sequel, alongside Ben Affleck as Batman.

      Henry Cavill will reprise his role as Superman in 2015's "Man of Steel" sequel, alongside Ben Affleck as Batman.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

LOS ANGELES -- Ben Affleck will don Batman's cape and cowl.

Warner Bros. announced Thursday that the 41-year-old actor-director will star as a new incarnation of the Dark Knight in a film bringing Batman and Superman together. The studio says Affleck will star opposite Henry Cavill, reprising his role as Superman from "Man of Steel." The movie will also reunite "Man of Steel" stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

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The big-screen DC superhero mash-up was originally announced at last month's Comic-Con International in San Diego by director Zack Snyder.

Snyder said in a statement that Affleck will provide a counterbalance to Cavill's Superman.

Production is expected to begin in 2014, and the as-yet-untitled film is set for release July 17, 2015.

Affleck takes over the role last filled by Christian Bale in Christopher Nolan's hugely successful "Dark Knight" trilogy. Other actors to play the role include Adam West (TV's "Batman"), Michael Keaton (two Tim Burton-directed Bat-flicks), Val Kilmer (1995's "Batman Forever") and George Clooney (1998's disastrous "Batman and Robin").

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