Star Scoop: Ben Affleck is Batman, Natalie Dormer is Hungry, Kanye West on Obama

By  August 23, 2013

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We never really wanted to accept the fact that Christian Bale was bailing out on Batman, but today, we’ve come to terms with his departure. Ben Affleck has signed on to play Bruce Wayne in a Warner Bros. movie, that will pair him up with Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel. “Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman,” director Zack Snyder said of the decision, a stark contrast to comments across the Twiterverse. “He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retains the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne.” [USA Today]

The announcement explains why #Batfleck had to step down as the director of Stephen King‘s The Stand. [Vulture]

Catching Fire may be fall’s most-anticipated movie, but headlines are already buzzing about the next installment of Hunger GamesNatalie Dormer, star of HBO’s Game of Thrones, has been cast in parts one and two of Mockingjay as Cressida, a Capitol director who joins Katniss’ regime. [E! Online]

Once we got over the baby fever of North West‘s big reveal, we dug in to this: “I think he was posing it like I was supposed to take it in a negative way, but I’m just so happy that the President mentions me so often. Thank you very much, Obama,” he said in response to President Barack Obama‘s speech on “shifting American values,” and the nation’s obsession with celebrity culture. “So as Obama is talking about that they’re looking at what she [Kim Kardashian]‘s wearing and where we’re going for vacation … there will be new people getting passports and wanting to travel.” [Huffington Post]

Tori Spelling is headed back to TV. The reality show alum will be starring in ABC Family’s Mystery Girls as a former actress who’s been drawn in to solving real-life crimes. [The Hollywood Reporter]