Actor Ben Affleck may well be set to don Batman’s cape for ‘multiple’ sequels to the Man Of Steel follow-up, according to a new report.

The Hollywood Reporter has claimed that the Oscar-winner – who was announced as Christian Bale’s Batman successor on Thursday – signed a ‘multi-picture deal’ with producers Warner Bros, indicating he could be wearing the cape for some time to come.

He is also being tipped to play Bruce Wayne in a forthcoming Justice League movie tipped for release in 2015 – the same year that the Man Of Steel sequel, featuring both Superman and Batman, is released.

Reports have suggested that Affleck could also direct that movie as well – having previously turned down the chance to helm Man Of Steel.

The star has an impressive track record behind the camera, with his most recent effort Argo winning the Oscar for best picture in February.

Meanwhile, the paper has also claimed that Josh Brolin and Ryan Gosling were both in the running to play the Caped Crusader – although the latter was reportedly unwilling to commit to follow-up movies.

Affleck was approached by Man Of Steel director Zack Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan about the role several months ago.

While Affleck’s casting has been welcomed by some, fans of the Caped Crusader are far from happy.

A petition against the decision, which was set up on change.org, has so far fetched over 50,000 signatures from those who want to see the actor replaced.

‘His acting skill is not even close to being believable as Bruce Wayne and he won’t do the role justice. He’s not built, nor is he intimidating enough for the role of Batman,’ the petition reads.

‘His portrayal of Daredevil was atrocious and he’s not remotely close to an action star. Please find someone else.’

source:  metro Uk