Ben Affleck will don Batman’s cape and cowl.
Warner Bros. announced Thursday that the 41-year-old actor-director will star as a new incarnation of the Dark Knight in a film bringing Batman and Superman together. The studio says Affleck will star opposite Henry Cavill, reprising his role as Superman from “Man of Steel.” The movie will also reunite “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.
Production is expected to begin in 2014, and the as-yet-untitled film is set for release July 17, 2015.
Bennett to perform tribute to King
Singer Tony Bennett plans to travel to the nation’s capital to pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. as the March on Washington marks its 50th year.
Bennett, who marched with the civil rights leader in Selma, Ala., in 1965, is scheduled to perform as part of Saturday’s festivities commemorating the historic march and King’s “I Have A Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial.
The entertainer said Thursday he wants to honor King’s humanitarian message but will also be in Washington as part of the Voices Against Violence campaign that is pushing for gun limits.
The Rev. Al Sharpton is holding an event on Saturday with King’s son, Martin Luther King III. And President Barack Obama will speak on the actual anniversary day Wednesday.
Intruder stays at JLo’s for a week
An intruder had been living for a week on Jennifer Lopez’s property on Long Island while she was away, police said.
Southampton, N.Y., police said Wednesday she had an order of protection against 49-year-old John Dubis of Rhode Island. Information on why the order was obtained wasn’t immediately available.
Newsday reported that workers discovered Dubis in the pool house of the Water Mill, N.Y., mansion on Aug. 8. He was arraigned the following day on charges of burglary, criminal contempt, stalking and possession of burglar tools. He’s being held on $100,000 bail. His next court date is Wednesday.
Lopez bought the 3-acre Water Mill mansion in May.
The birthday bunch
Actress Vera Miles is 83. Actress Barbara Eden is 82. Political satirist Mark Russell is 81. Actor Richard Sanders is 73. Country singer Rex Allen Jr. is 66. Actress Shelley Long is 64. Actor-singer Rick Springfield is 64. Country singer-musician Woody Paul (Riders in the Sky) is 64. Rock musician Dean DeLeo (Army of Anyone; Stone Temple Pilots) is 52. Actor Jay Mohr is 43. Actor Scott Caan is 37. Rock singer Julian Casablancas (The Strokes) is 35.