A standalone Batman movie starring and directed by Ben Affleck is officially in the works, Warner Bros chief Kevin Tsujihara confirmed recently at CinemaCon.
It was reported in July 2015 that Affleck was in talks to star and direct a Batman movie, but the recent announcement marks the first official confirmation of his involvement. Affleck made his debut as the Caped Crusader in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, which premiered March 25.
Tsujihara first mentioned Affleck when he took the CinemaCon stage in Las Vegas, saying that the studio was excited to be moving forward on the standalone Batman film with the actor and filmmaker.
Tsujihara said the studio has committed to 10 DC films – most of which have already been announced – within the next five years, then named every movie along with their director, including Batman with Affleck.
Warner Bros confirmed that Affleck would be directing the movie later on in a press release. Affleck took the stage later, along with his Batman V Superman co-star Amy Adams. He did not, however, go into further details on the standalone Batman movie.
Despite its massive US$166.1mil opening weekend – the seventh-biggest of all time – the box office receipts for Batman V. Superman look like something of a disappointment for Warner Bros. It’s doubtful that the movie will reach the coveted US$1bil worldwide mark.
Warner Bros had already planned a sprawling slate of movies in the DC universe through 2020, with Suicide Squad on deck. Also planned are Wonder Woman, Justice League parts 1 and 2, which will see Affleck reprise his Batman role, Aquaman, Cyborg, and The Flash. – Reuters/ALEX STEDMAN