Back in early March, Ben Affleck confirmed that he’s working on another project with DC’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns. “He and I are working together on something and I really am excited about it,” he told DC All Access.
Though Affleck didn’t elaborate further at the time, most have presumed that the project with Johns is indeed a new Batman film. Affleck and Warner Bros. then officially confirmed the news at this year’s CinemaCon in April.
In late March, it was revealed that an initial script for the solo hero film had already been completed. “There’s a script that he’s written that is a really cool [Batman] idea, so that’s out there as an option,” Patrick Whitesell, co-CEO of Affleck’s talent agency William Morris Endeavor, told The Hollywood Reporter at the time.
Details about what the “really cool idea” might be are still unknown (although there’s already been speculation that Jared Leto’s Joker will be involved).
According to an unnamed source cited by Batman-On-Film (via CinemaBlend), part of the upcoming film’s story involves Batman being locked up in Gotham’s notorious Arkham Asylum. As fans of Batman know, this is where many of the Dark Knight’s most formidable foes have spent time (both as patients and employees).
As suspected, Affleck will direct the standalone movie, in addition to starring. The actor has earned critical acclaim with all of his previous directorial efforts, including The Town and Argo (the last of which earned an Oscar for Best Picture and Best Screenplay), so rumors that he could helm his own Superhero film have long been circulating.
Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara made it official at CinemaCon in April, saying that Affleck will direct the movie.
Though the developing Batman movie has yet to be given an official release date, it’s clear that Warner Bros. is making it a high priority. The studio recently reserved the dates of October 5, 2018 and November 1, 2019 for two still unannounced movie, so there’s a possibility the project could nab one of those slots.
For now, Affleck is next set to reprise his role as The Caped Crusader in Suicide Squad, out August 5, and Justice League, due November 17, 2017.
Credit: Batman-On-Film.com, cheatsheet.com and Cinemablend.com
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