Ben Affleck As Batman Gives Warner Bros. Upper Hand In 2015 Dating Game

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Studio sets mega-franchise for July 17, 2015

Warner Bros.’ choice of Ben Affleck as Batman — and its dating of its mega-franchise film for July 17, 2015 — underlines the high stakes faced by Hollywood’s studios as they scramble to secure key opening slots two years in advance.

Setting the still-untitled Batman-Superman team-up with a prime release date gives Warner Bros. a chance to match or top Marvel’s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” as the leading movie in the 2015 summer — and makes that summer one of the most competitive ever.

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The 2015 summer has already been heavily scheduled after May following Disney’s May 1 launch of the second “Avengers” and Paramount’s animated “Monster Trucks” project on May 29.

Pixar’s animated “Inside Out” and Fox-Ubisoft’s  videogame project “Assassin’s Creed” will open on June 19. Paramount will launch the fifth iteration of “The Terminator” a week later.

July has already seen two major titles set — Fox’s reboot of “Independence Day” opens on July 3 and Disney’s fifth “Pirates of the Carribean” on July 10 — along with another “Smurfs” film from Sony on July 24.

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Warner Bros. has used the third weekend in July for its last two Batman movies, both which starred Christian Bale and topped $1 billion in worldwide grosses. “The Dark Knight” opened on July 18, 2008 and “The Dark Knight Rises” launched on July 20, 2012.

Man of Steel,” starring Henry Cavill, has grossed nearly $650 million worldwide since opening in mid-June. That was a solid performance but well below some expectations — which had been raised partly due to former studio chief Jeff Robinov’s prediction that it would be the top-grossing Warner movie of all time.

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The second “Avengers” will be formidable in light of last year’s “Avengers” taking in $1.5 billion worldwide. That’s the third highest gross ever after “Avatar” and “Titanic.”

When Warner execs announced the Batman-Superman project as a follow to “Man of Steel” at last month’s Comic-Con, they did not disclose the date but the presumption was that the tentpole would be released in the summer of 2015.

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Thursday’s announcement of Affleck’s casting included the July 17, 2015 launch date — which is likely to keep any other major titles out of that month.

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  1. Eric Naud says:

    I can’t believe you left out Star Wars Episode 7 in your list of movies of 2015!

  2. Eishu Tamori says:

    Ben As Batman Will Be Awesome I Cant Wait for movie . . .
    i m a big fan of ben and i will be watching this movie for sure

  3. racy says:

    Cannot imagine anyone better to play Batman than Ben Affleck. He is the most handsome guy in Hollywood; he is sexy and does a great job in everything he has done on screen. Good luck Ben.

  4. Xanboni says:

    Daniel Craig would be a better choice for an older darker Batman than Ben Affleck, Craig can be dark almost evil and has the presence to pull off the Bruce Wayne/Dark Knight persona…

  5. Garth, formerly of Izar says:

    They all laughed when Daniel Craig was cast as “The Blond Bond”. who’s laughing now?

  6. hardtruth00 says:

    Jeffery Dean Morgan would have been perfect. Casting Affleck? They might as well cast Paula Deen instead. She couldn’t do worse…

  7. JMPster says:

    I think either Karl Urban or Jim Caviezel would be a better older and wiser Batman than Ben Affleck.

  8. clydee says:

    YAY !!!

  9. Dave McNary says:

    Thanks for pointing that out. I’ve fixed the “Dark Knight” release date so it’s now 2008.

    • Paul says:

      “The Dark Knight” opened on July 20, 2008 and “The Dark Knight Rises” launched on July 18, 2012.”

      Except this is wrong too. The Dark Knight opened July 18 and The Dark Knight Rises opened July 20th.

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