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.

This comes from Variety, who also added that the film will be released July 17, 2015. And wow, what a casting announcement. Ten years ago Affleck was coming off of 'Gigli' and was considered toxic, but his turn toward directing lead to a rebound. His 'The Town' was a solid fall hit, while 'Argo' just won the best picture Oscar. What's important about those last two pictures is that they were made at Warner Brothers. The studio has been a great home for Affleck, and they've also been offering him a lot of their biggest movies. And though Affleck has achieved great success as a director, this might partly be a way to get even more risky films financed.

Director Zack Snyder issued a statement and had this to say:

“Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry (Cavill)’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.”

As a HUGE Batman fan, I'm extremely disappointed by this news. I was hoping for Jon Hamm of Mad Men fame. I just don't see Affleck in the role of The Dark Knight. What do you think? Let us know on Facebook!