It looks like Batman is doing for Ben Affleck what Bourne did for his BFF Matt Damon.
The next man to play Bruce Wayne, Ben, 41, was seen outside of Barney's New York in Beverly Hills on Saturday looking particularly ripped in a tight gray shirt that showed off his new well-toned physique.
Ben's t-shirt sported the logo for IPF — for the Institute of Performance & Fitness — a personal and group training center in North Reading, Mass. (a Boston suburb, near Andover), where Damon's cousin Jamie Damon works. Ben and Matt are both from Boston and notoriously proud of their home town.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ben has tasked a team of trainers from IPF that includes Jamie and IPF head Walter Norton Jr. to get him in shape for his role in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," due out May 6, 2016.
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IPF describes their fitness philosophy as being "designed to meet the demands of serious athletes looking to improve their performance." They explain that, "The personal training division of IPF is dedicated to changing and enhancing the lifestyles and fitness habits of motivated individuals," and that they, "Work with individual clients to create and enact an optimal plan for success based on the individuality and goals of those we are working with."
Norton has quite the resume. He's trained the likes of LeBron James and over 40 medalists for the 1998, 2002, and 2006 Olympic games, along with the 2008 World Champion Boston Celtics and the NHL's Boston Bruins.
And it appears that IPF's training regimen is working. Just one quick glance at Ben a year ago shows the dramatic transformation his body's gone through.
Even wife Jennifer Garner is impressed. While doing press in April for her film "Draft Day," she told the website We Got This Covered that Ben is working out twice a day and now has 17-inch biceps. But she wouldn't comment much further. "Anytime I've said anything about that so far I've gotten into a lot of trouble from Batman," she said.
Last month, fans got their first look at Ben as Batman in the lead up film to Warner Bros.'s "Justice League" franchise. Director Zack Snyder shared the first look photo on social media. Filming is currently underway in Detroit.
HitFix reported on Saturday that actor Jason Momoa has been added to "Batman v Superman" in the role of Aquaman, although there's been no formal confirmation or comment from Warner Bros. about this casting rumor.
The film's cast also includes Henry Cavill reprising his role as Superman, Amy Adams reprising Lois Lane, Gal Gadot in her debut as Wonder Woman, Ray Fisher debuting as Cyborg, and Jesse Eisenberg as villain Lex Luthor. Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, and Laurence Fishburne round out the all-star cast.
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