Actor Ben Affleck is set to play Batman in the announced "Man of Steel" sequel, a film in which the superhero of the night will share the lead with Superman, Warner Bros. said.

Affleck is the heir to a superhero legacy forged between 2005 and 2012 by Christian Bale in the big box-office saga "The Dark Knight."

The new film, as yet untitled but scheduled to premiere on July 17, 2015, is being designed by Zack Snyder, the director who relaunched Superman on the big screen with "Man of Steel," a production that has garnered some $650 million around the world up to now.

This will be the first time that Superman and Batman, the insuperable superheroes created by DC Comics, will meet as equals in a feature film.

Henry Cavill will continue in his "Man of Steel" role as Clark Kent/Superman.

Well-known actors from from the first "Man of Steel" movie, like Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane, will also be back for the sequel.

Affleck has already played a superhero in "Daredevil" (2003).

Before Affleck and Bale, actors like George Clooney, Val Kilmer and Michael Keaton portrayed Batman on the big screen. EFE