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Batman/Superman, Guardians of the Galaxy, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: August 23rd Comic Reel

BATMAN/SUPERMAN

Ben Affleck has been cast as Batman in "Man of Steel 2." The film is scheduled for release July 17, 2015.

"Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry's Superman," Snyder said via press release. "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."

Many comics creators understandably reacted on Twitter, many in support of Affleck's casting. Check out a few reactions below.

@defiantj3 "Who would be your first choice as Batman for the movie?"They just cast him, sooo, hooray.

- Paul_Dini (@Paul_Dini) August 23, 2013

I wake up from my kid's room to find my feed is now full of people tweeting batman lines in boston accents at me. #whatdimiss?

- Scott Snyder (@Ssnyder1835) August 23, 2013

Weirdly, I think I will SEE THE MOVIE FIRST before I decide if I like Ben Affleck as Batman.

- Ron Marz (@ronmarz) August 23, 2013

FTR I dig Affleck as Batman. He will be .....RAD

- robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) August 23, 2013

@CTRMoore Ben Affleck. He's great. He'll be a great Batman. Anyone with any sense knows this is true.

- Mark Millar (@mrmarkmillar) August 23, 2013

I just made some calls around Hollywood and I am happy to report that Ben Affleck will be keeping the Argo beard when he plays Batman

- BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (@BRIANMBENDIS) August 23, 2013

And from fellow DC Universe live-action actor Stephen Amell:

Affleck will be awesome. They don't just hand huge / iconic parts out at random. (Except Rampage Jackson in "The A Team". That was awful.)

- Stephen Amell (@amellywood) August 23, 2013

Opens July 17, 2015

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

Yesterday the rumor began that Bradley Cooper is in talks to play Rocket Raccoon in "Guardians of the Galaxy." The rumor was later confirmed that Cooper is in talks to play the character, but nothing further was revealed.

Comic Book Movie has posted quotes from Kevin Feige from his interview in the latest issue of Empire Magazine, which give a better idea of where the characters are when "Guardians of the Galaxy" begins.

"They are an unlikely band. It's pure circumstance that brings them all together throughout the course of the movie," Feige told Empire. "Rocket has been genetically and mechanically altered, he's an experiment from one part of the galaxy. Groot is a species that happens to look like trees look, and is quite communicative if you can understand the different inflections in the way he says, "I am Groot." Peter Quill left Earth in the mid'80s, but when we meet back up with him he's very much a citizen of the universe. Drax has one goal and one goal only, which is to kill Ronan because of a past tragedy. When we meet Gamora, she's a bad guy working with Ronan and Nebula and Korath, and by extension for Thanos. Gamora doesn't necessarily like doing that anymore, and tries to find a new path for herself. But she has a reputation as the deadliest woman in the galaxy that people aren't greeting her with open arms."

Opens August 1, 2014

AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON

In addition to the news of Bradley Cooper in talks to play Rocket Raccoon, "Oldboy" actress Elizabeth Olsen is reportedly in talks to play the Scarlet Witch in "Avengers: Age of Ultron." The Wrap further reports an insider stating Olsen will have to adopt an English accent for the role.

Opens May 1, 2015

AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.

New photos and a TV spot have dropped for "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." The new character portraits come courtesy of EW.com.

Debuts September 24 on ABC

THOR: THE DARK WORLD

Empire Online has posted a bunch of new images from "Thor: The Dark World" including some new looks at Christopher Eccleston as Malekith.

Opens November 8

TRANSFORMERS 4

MichaelBay.com has psoted a first official look at the cast and crew on the set of "Transformers 4" with a behind-the-scenes photo featuring Jack Reynor, Mark Wahlberg and more.

Opens June 27, 2014

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