It’s official! Ben Affleck will star, direct, and co-write in his own Batman standalone movie. After much speculation and confirmation from outside sources, it’s been confirmed by Warner Bros. that not only will Affleck put on the cape once again, but he will direct the Batman film, which means it’s likely that those at Warner Bros are giving him the keys to his own franchise in a big way.
The news came out of CinemaCon, a convention that teases future slates for big studios, such as Warner Bros. In the past few years, CinemaCon has also screened teasers for upcoming blockbuster projects.
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According to Variety, Warner Bros. CEO, Kevin Tsujihara, confirmed to a crowd that the Batman standalone film is happening. Warner Bros. also confirmed the news that they have committed to at least ten DC films, naming every film with their director, which is where the news of Affleck taking the helm on Batman came from.
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After Affleck and co-star Amy Adams took to the stage at Caesars Palace to introduce Warner Bros.’ commitment to DC films, the whole cast of Suicide Squad showed up to premiere footage which featured the song, “Ballroom Blitz,” which is also featured in the latest trailer for Suicide Squad. One of the stars, Will Smith, said of the film, “We are very excited to be here with this film — we got something that’s gonna fill up those theaters and make people buy a lot of stuff.”
As for Affleck’s standalone Batman film, it doesn’t come as a huge surprise that the actor is taking over in both the director’s chair, in addition to co-writing. Rumors that Affleck was in talks to direct his own Batman film have been circulating since July of 2015. As the Inquisitr reported, it was Affleck’s old collaborator, director Kevin Smith, that confirmed the news. After Affleck had teased a special project he was writing with Geoff Johns, the Chief Creative Officer at DC comics, many suspected the project was a solo film of the caped crusader.
Weeks after speculation, Kevin Smith confirmed the news on his podcast:
“[Ben Affleck has] been working on a solo script with Geoff Johns as well. Last conversation I had with Geoff Johns I was like are you working on it? and he said ‘Yeah.’”
Smith continued, “I said, ‘What’s it like man, how do you co-write with someone?’ and he’s going ‘We just break it up, he takes halves and I take halves and then we write, and then we switch material, and then he goes over mine and I go over his.’ That sounds so f-ing fun, man.”
Prior to the semi confirmation from Smith, Affleck revealed that he was writing “something” with Johns.
“He and I are working together on something and I really am excited about it and I love him. He’s the best.”
In addition to Affleck’s standalone Batman, Warner Bros.’ announced that they have plans to release Suicide Squad, Justice League Part 1, Justice League Part 2, and the solo films Aquaman, Cyborg, The Flash, and of course, Wonder Woman.
The release dates for WB’s slate are as follows:
Wonder Woman June 23, 2017
Justice League Part 1 – Nov 17, 2017
The Flash – March 16, 2018
Aquaman – July 27, 2018
Shazam – April 5, 2019
Justice League Part 2 – June 14, 2019
Cyborg – April 3, 2020
Green Lantern Corps – June 19, 2020
So far there’s no release date for the Batman solo film, but WB announced two dates that are still open, and that’s Oct. 5, 2018, and Nov. 1, 2019.
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