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Ben Affleck Confirmed to Direct BATMAN Solo Film

Posted on April 13, 2016 at 7:20 am by David "Snackbar" Edmundson


To the surprise of no one, Warner Bros. has officially confirmed that a standalone Batman movie is in development with Ben Affleck returning to star in and also direct. The announcement came during the studio’s panel at CinemaCon in Las Vegas—a kind of Comic-Con for theater owners—where WB chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara touted that there are 10 DC movies planned over the next five years, adding “We’re excited to be working with Ben Affleck on a standalone Batman film.”

Afflecks’s been developing a script with DC Comics CCO Geoff Johns, with word surfacing last month that a draft of the script has already been completed. Even Zack Snyder seemed to suggest that an Affleck-helmed Batman movie is very much a possibility.

batman-v-superman-dawn-of-justice-ben-affleckSnyder mentioned that Affleck likes to focus on one film at a time, and it’s clear that Warner Bros. and Co. would love nothing more than for Affleck to direct a standalone Batman movie, so the ball’s been in Affleck’s court. He is just coming off of wrapping his first directorial project since the Best Picture-winning Argo, a Prohibition-era gangster story called Live by Night, and will be toiling away at post-production on that Warner Bros. film during and after shooting Justice League, which just recently kicked off in London.

Live by Night is set for release in October 2017 so Affleck has some time to finish up that picture, but it’s possible that he could have his Batman movie ready to go before cameras by the first half of 2017. Warner Bros. has unspecific DC movies set for release on October 5, 2018 and November 1, 2019, so it’s likely this Batman movie would be slotted into one of those dates.

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