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Ben Affleck confirmed as new Batman

Ben Affleck has been named the new Batman.

The actor will replace Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne in the upcoming Man Of Steel sequel, Warner Bros. announced Thursday.

The Argo director will be the eighth actor to play Batman, following in the footsteps of such luminaries as George Clooney and Michael Keaton.

“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,” WB president Greg Silverman said in a statement.

The, as yet, untitled film will be directed  by Man Of Steel’s Zack Snyder, and will also star Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and Diane Lane reprising their roles.

“Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman,” said the director.

“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.”

Future costar: Ben will team up with Man Of Steel's Henry Cavill in the untitled film

The movie will bring the two superheroes together for the first time on the big screen.

The film is scheduled to start shooting in 2014, and has been slated for a July 17, 2015 release.