Ben Affleck was the subject of severe scorn, insults, and general ridicule when it was first announced that he would be Batman in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice film. However, it seems that Ben may have won over the most important audience he was performing for: the executives at Warner Bros., the film studio behind the film.
In response to a very recent screening of the film for Warner Bros. executives, the WB brass was so impressed by Affleck’s turn as the Dark Knight, they’re not only going to let him write and direct his own Batman standalone film, they also locked him in for the next decade or so in more roles as the Caped Crusader. The proposed deal would have Ben Affleck wearing the coveted cowl in a trilogy of standalone Batman films, and that doesn’t count expected appearances in inevitable additional Justice League films.
An industry source reported that following the very near-finished cut screening of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the Warner Bros. execs stood and gave the film a standing ovation.
One source told Den of Geek that Ben Affleck’s Batman will be the centerpiece of all future DC Warner Bros. films.
“Basically, Warners are now working their movie universe around Ben’s Batman.”
Adding credence to this story, Deadline is reporting that two non-comic book related Ben Affleck films are being pushed back from their original release dates, presumably to make Affleck’s schedule click with the production of the future Batman and Justice League films.
Oh, sweet sassy molassy let this be true. THREE Afleck-directed Batman movies?!?! Annnd I’m dead. http://t.co/fj4xF9qnfZ
— cinemasins (@cinemasins) August 9, 2015
— King Cole (@KingColeReviews) August 8, 2015
— Chris Bennett (@chrisgb00) August 7, 2015
— Luke Kuhns (@LukeAviator) August 6, 2015
What do you think? If you initially were adverse to Ben Affleck playing Batman, are you coming around to the idea after seeing the film’s trailer? Were you always on board with Batfleck? Does Ben Affleck have the chops to play the Dark Knight, or are you still doubtful, despite the enthusiasm of the Warner Bros. executives?
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