ACADEMY Award winner Ben Affleck has answered the Batsignal.
The 41-year-old has today been announced as the new Batman to star opposite Henry Cavill in the currently untitled Man Of Steel sequel, set to open in 2015.
"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's president of production Greg Silverman told The Wrap.
"His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character."
Zack Snyder, who directed MOS and will direct its sequel, said Affleck would provide 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. I can't wait to work with him," Snyder said.
Gordon-Levitt ($4) was followed by Ryan Gosling ($11), Chris Pine ($11) and Jake Gyllenhaal ($12).
MOS took in more than $630 million at the worldwide box office.
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