WB Chief Kevin Tsujihara: Ben Affleck as Batman Isn't the Last DC Comics Surprise

WB Chief Kevin Tsujihara: Ben Affleck as Batman Isn't the Last DC Comics Surprise

The studio chief says Affleck is ‘perfect’ to play the Dark Knight, hints at ambitious hopes for new J.K. Rowling collaboration

You thought Ben Affleck as Batman was the last of the big announcements coming out of Warner Bros. and DC Comics? Think again.

Speaking Thursday at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch Media, Communications and Entertainment Conference in Beverly Hills, Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara hinted that the studio is finally poised to start vigorously exploiting its DC Comics unit, which he said already has “two huge games” and three animated series on the way.

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The WB chief seemed pleased with the most recent revelation – that Affleck would soon be donning the caped crusader's cowl – and hinted that the Oscar-winner would present an older, more jaded Dark Knight than Christian Bale‘s.

“He'll be kind of tired and weary and seasoned — and he'll have been doing it for a while,” Tsujihara said. “Ben is perfect for Zack's vision for that character … We think it's gonna be huge.”

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He also broached the partnership with J.K. Rowling announced just hours before, not committing to more than one film — but conceding that the studio hopes to build a film franchise that will work across several divisions, including video games and its new Potter theme parks.

As a screenwriter, Rowling's film “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” — required reading at Hogwarts in the “Potter” books — will go back in time to spotlight the textbook's author Newt Scamander, a character also portrayed in Rowling's literary wizarding universe.

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He also touted the sale of two WB television shows to HBO: “Westworld” and “The Leftovers.”

“I'm really excited and happy we sold our first pilots to HBO,” he said. “That was about the culture changing, and the dynamics between our two divisions changing. I'm really excited about that opportunity because selling to premium cable is important.”

  • Rom Capprotti

    what the hell else is WB supposed to say.that ben Affleck is going to suck.and the next MOS movie is going to suck there is only one DARK KNIGHT and we know who that is good luck WB

    • Jim

      Batfleck!

      • Rom Capprotti

        Good one Jim

        • Rom Capprotti

          The dark duck

    • Jeff Rittenour

      who's that? SHIT Bale? lmao he was TERRIBLE…

      • Rom Capprotti

        that's your opinion clown

        • Dale C Twigg

          I share the opinion. He was a good Bruce Wayne….as Batman not so much. Bale's scary Batman voice made me laugh more than anything. I am willing to give Ben a chance on this. He is getting flack for Daredevil. Even a good actor can't polish a turd and make it anything more than that…..a turd. I will see Man of Steel 2 and if is poor I will deal with it then.

  • Jim

    WB Chief Kevin Tsujihara: Ben Affleck as Batman Isn’t the Last DC Comics Surprise

    Yes, Mr. Tsujihara is right. As a matter of fact, Justin Bieber is auditioning to play Catwoman.

  • Isaac Webster

    Surprises? What's next…Rosie O'Donnell as Wonder Woman? Did anyone learn anything from the Clooney debacle? Does WB notice the success of Marvel and the struggles of DC?

    http://affleckisnotbatman.blogspot.com/

  • Jeff Rittenour

    I wanna see Patrick Warburton as SHAZAM!!!