After weeks of speculation, the worst kept secret has been confirmed: Ben Affleck will be getting his own standalone Batman film which he will help make.
The announcement was made at Las Vegas’ CinemaCon where Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara revealed that a total of ten DC films will be planned for the next five years. Speaking of the next Batman film, Tsujihara said, “we’re excited to be working with Ben Affleck on a standalone Batman film.”
Tsujihara didn’t specify whether or not Affleck will be starring or directing the film (or both) but simply said that he’d be involved. Variety has however confirmed that Affleck will be directing the film. This speculation comes after rumours of Affleck’s involvement on the filmmaking side last year, having drafted a script with DC Comics CCO Geoff Johns. Even Warner Bros. and Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder have given their approval for an Affleck produced Batflick.
Affleck’s own filmmaking credentials are not thin by any means. He won a best picture award for Argo and directed a gangster film called Live by Night which will be released later this year.
DC are currently trying to claw back some much needed credibility after recent reviews for Batman v Superman. Hopefully if all things go well, audiences will soon see a decent Batflick by Batfleck of the Nolan calibre. For now audiences have the band of rejects at the Suicide Squad to keep them warm at night.