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The casting of Ben Affleck as Batman in the "Man of Steel" sequel isn't just causing ripples across the Internet; it's creating a domino effect in Hollywood as well.

When Affleck added the next Superman movie to his already-full plate, something had to give -- and that something is "The Stand," an adaptation of the popular 1978 Stephen King novel.

Deadline reports that Scott Cooper ("Crazy Heart") is in talks to replace Affleck as the movie's writer and director. He'd take on a sprawling, post-apocalyptic, good vs. evil tale of a band of survivors battling a tyrant with supernatural powers.

Cooper's next film, "Out of the Furnace," coincidentally stars the previous Batman, Christian Bale, as well as Affleck's brother Casey.

"The Stand" isn't Affleck's only dropped project, either. The Wrap notes that the actor is no longer attached to a remake of Guillaume Canet's French thriller "Tell No One."

While Affleck was due to start on his adaptation of Dennis Lehane's "Live By Night" this fall, that directorial and acting follow-up to "Argo" could see a delay.

For the rest of the year, Affleck will star in the gambling flick "Runner, Runner" opposite Justin Timberlake, then headline the big-screen version of the bestselling mystery "Gone Girl." After that, he'll don the cape and mask for the "Batman vs. Superman" movie, which is set to hit theaters July 17, 2015.

[via Deadline]

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