Rumor has that Ben Affleck is to play Batman in at least six films. The first, Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, doesn’t hit theaters until March 25th, 2016, and set photos and videos confirmed he’ll show up in August 5th’s Suicide Squad that same year. Now, it seems Warner Bros. has already begun plotting Affleck’s first solo-batventure.
According to a report from Deadline, Affleck himself will direct and co-write a standalone Batman film. Affleck has drawn numerous accolades for his work behind the lens; he won Best Original Screenplay at the 1997 Academy Awards for Good Will Hunting, and his 2012 film Argo won the Oscar for Best Picture.
Deadline’s report says that Affleck has already begun writing the script alongside DC Comics’ own Geoff Johns. Johns, DC’s Chief Creative Officer, has written the comic book Batman numerous times, and has worked on TV shows like Smallville and The Flash. He and Affleck are apparently “clicking,” and could have a script in by summer’s end. Once Affleck finishes his current directorial project, an adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel Live By Night, he’s expected to get back to work on the Bat-flick.
However, the timeline is a bit unclear, as the solo movie will reportedly reflect the Batman character as he emerges after Dawn of Justice and the forthcoming Justice League. Justice League will be released in two parts, one on November 17, 2017, and the next on June 14, 2019. Where or how this Batman movie fits between those is yet to be seen, as Warner Bros. has declined comment. Perhaps we’ll learn more when they take over Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con this weekend.