What Kind of Vision Will Ben Affleck Bring to a Stand-Alone Batman Movie?
A rumor that has long been circulating was confirmed on Tuesday at CinemaCon in Las Vegas by Warner Bros. Entertainment chairman Kevin Tsujihara. And that is that Ben Affleck will star, write, and direct the upcoming stand-alone Batman movie. Affleck himself hinted and this possibility, but now that it’s confirmed, it gives us a much clearer view of the path for the continuing Batman franchise.
“We’re working with Ben Affleck on a stand-alone Batman movie,” Tsujihara said. He didn’t add any other details about the movie, however, revealing only that they have at least 10 DC Comics movies coming out in the next five years. Affleck will be working on a script with the CCO of DC Entertainment, Geoff Johns. When asked about the collaboration, Ben Affleck sais, “Geoff Johns is a brilliant guy. He and I are working together on something and I really am excited about it, and I love him, he’s the best.”
This news was also confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter, which makes this upcoming stand-alone Batman movie the first since Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy that ended in 2012.
The actor won praise for his portrayal of the Dark Knight in Zack Snyder’s Batman v. Superman (along with Gal Godot as Wonder Woman, who we’re also extremely excited to see in her upcoming standalone movie). In fact, one of the more interesting reactions to Batman v Superman was that people were surprised Affleck did a good job as Batman. I mean, I get that some people like to hate on Affleck, and he’s had some duds in the past, but he’s come a long way and revealed himself to be both a talented actor and steady hand behind the camera over the last decade.
Although not much else is known about this solo Batman movie (in particular the release date), what we do know is that Affleck is “contracted to do at least ‘Justice League One’ and ‘Two’”, releasing in 2017 and 2019, respectively. And he’ll also be making an appearance in this year’s Suicide Squad. And now with this piece of news, it seems there won’t be a shortage of our favorite dark and broody superhero, at least for a while.