It’s Official! Ben Affleck Will Direct Solo Batman Movie
Get ready to see a lot more of Batfleck over the next few years.
Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara confirmed during a presentation at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Tuesday that Ben Affleck will be directing an upcoming solo Batman project. According to USA Today, Tsujihara said the film is just one of “at least 10 movies through 2020” that will flesh out the DC Comics cinematic universe.
Affleck, who won an Academy Award for Best Director in 2012 for Argo, has been rumored to be helming a standalone Batman film for some time, although he’s been hesitant to commit since he’s been working on his next directorial outing Live by Night in Boston.
The actor hinted at the project during in an interview with the online series DC All Access, saying that he’s been hard at work on a screenplay with scribe Geoff Johns.
“You know he and I are working together on something and I really am excited about it,” Affleck said. “I love him, he’s the best.”
Fans got their first taste of Batfleck in the blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. While many critics though the film was a dud, aside from Affleck’s performance of course, the flick has raked in nearly $800 million worldwide.
The actor will be donning the cape and cowl again for his cameo in the upcoming super villain team-up film, Suicide Squad, which hits theaters in August. Affleck will then have a much bigger role in the two-part Justice League movies, which are currently filming in London.
“It’s been tremendously exciting for us to be a part of this universe and we’re looking forward to joining The Justice League,” Affleck said during an appearance at CinemaCon on Tuesday.
As long as Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder stays as far away from the solo Batman film as possible, we think the project will be amazing under Affleck.