'Batman Vs Superman': Ben Affleck Muscles Up at Gym for His Role

Friday, 04 Apr 2014 10:40 AM

By Ken Mandel

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Ben Affleck has been working hard at the gym to transform into Batman for the new "Batman vs. Superman" film, the star's personal trainer said.

During a twitter Q&A session, user @LeonidasLegend asked trainer Rehan Jalali about "#BatFleck's" fitness goals for his lead role in the "Man of Steel" sequel.

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The next day, Jalali gave an update of Affleck's progress.

The untitled "Batman vs. Superman" film is scheduled to be released May 6, 2016.

The announcement that Affleck would be the new Batman alongside Henry Cavill's Superman didn't thrill some in the comic-book community. Shortly after the announcement, a petition was started on Change.org to remove the Oscar-winning "Argo" director/star from the project.  

According to the International Business Times, Josh Brolin turned down an offer for the part from director Zack Snyder. 

The new "Batman vs. Superman" film will also feature Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg ("Zombieland," "The Social Network") as criminal mastermind Lex Luthor, and Jeremy Irons as Bruce Wayne's loyal butler Alfred Pennyworth.

On Thursday, Warner Bros. Pictures announced that Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey ("Zero Dark Thirty") and Tao Okamoto ("The Wolverine") will star in the film as well, according to the Los Angeles Times. 

The film features several actors from the film's first installment, including Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

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