Less than a year ago, Gawker-owned blog i09 posted a photo of every Batman actor in history's face morphed into a single Bruce Wayne. It was rather beautiful, but it's going to have to go back to the drawing board with the announcement that Ben Affleck will succeed Christian Bale in the role of the caped crusader.
Mr. Affleck's version of "Batman" will star opposite Henry Cavill as Superman in the sequel to this summer's "Man of Steel." When that film bows in July 2015, it'll be the first time the two comic book characters have appeared in a movie together.
There will no doubt be curiosity around what Affleck can bring to the character. He's best known for gripping Boston-based dramas; he had one attempt as a superhero with "Daredevil." Does he have a shot at topping some of the previous "Batman" box office records with the superhuman power of Superman as a co-star?
The first "Batman" movie starring Adam West barely broke even, but "The Dark Knight" -- which alongside Christian Bale starred the late Heath Ledger as the Joker -- grossed over $1 billion and was the highest grossing film of 2008 (not to mention a critics' favorite). The following one in the trilogy has performed even better.
Here's a list of how previous movies in the Batman have done. Thirty years passed since the first interpretation of the DC Comic when Michael Keaton was cast to play the role. Since then Hollywood has churned out new Batman films at a furious pace.
Adam West as the lead role in "Batman"
Budget of $1.5 million / Box Office of $1.7 million
Michael Keaton as the lead role in "Batman"
Budget of $48 million / Box Office of $411.3 million
Michael Keaton as Batman in "Batman Returns"
Budget of $80 million / Box Office of $266.8 million
Val Kilmer as Batman in "Batman Forever"
Budget of $100 million / Box Office of $336.5 million
George Clooney as Batman in "Batman & Robin"
Budget of $140 million / Box Office of $238.2 million
Christian Bale as Batman in "Batman Begins"
Budget of $150 Million / Box Office of $374.2 million
Christian Bale as Batman in "The Dark Knight"
Budget of $185 million / Box Office of $1.004 billion
Christian Bale as Batman in "The Dark Knight Rises"
Budget of $230 million / Box Office of $1.084 billion
Ben Affleck as Batman in yet untitled "Man of Steel" sequel
Budget: TBD / Box Office: TBD