Morgan Freeman has wished Ben Affleck luck in his new role as Batman in the Man Of Steel sequel.
The 76-year-old, who played Bruce Wayne's technology genius Lucius Fox in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy, admitted he wasn't aware of the casting news.
"This is the first I am hearing of it," he told USA Today, adding: "My first reactions are 'Wow' and 'Good luck'."
Morgan admitted he was surprised because Christopher's series only ended in 2012 with The Dark Knight Rises, which starred Christian Bale as the caped crusader.
"After the trilogy, I thought that no-one would try it again for a few years more to let this whole thing die down. Because it's still there. So I don't know, I hope Ben does well," he said.
The star of films such as Invictus, The Shawshank Redemption and Million Dollar Baby reckoned he won't be approached to reprise his role in Zack Snyder's sequel.
"If the new movie does have a Lucius Fox I don't think it's going to be me," he said.
"It doesn't seem to work to mix characters in the movies. If you are going to change the lead character, you're probably going to change all the characters."