To the surprise of just about no one, Warner Bros CEO Kevin Tsujihara announced that there will be no less than 10 DC Comics movies to be released over the next 5 years, with Batman set to be among them. Speaking at a studio Q&A panel at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, Tsujihara added “We’re glad to be working with Ben Affleck on a standalone Batman movie”.
Already, the internet is abuzz with trying to decipher just what exactly Tsujihara meant by “working with Ben Affleck” might actually mean. Ever since he was attached to play Batman, there have been rumours circling that Ben Affleck may one day direct the next Batman feature. It’s common knowledge that Affleck has been working on a script alongside DC Comics CCO Geoff Johns, with many speculating that a draft of the script has already been completed.
What is clear is that Affleck’s Batman was the highlight of the rather dismal Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, so Warner are clearly trying to capitalise on the hype surrounding Affleck’s portrayal of the Dark Knight. However, Affleck is known to prefer to work on one project at a time, having just recently wrapped up his first directorial project since his Academy Award winning Argo, in the form of Prohibition Era gangster movie Live By Night.
With Live By Night in post production and set for an October 2017 release along with filming of The Justice League, Affleck could possibly be aiming to have his Batman shooting sometime in the first half of 2017. This also adds fuel to the fire of what exactly DC Comics have in store for October 2018 and November 2019. Either way, it’s going to be a busy couple of months for the in demand Affleck.