During the Warner Bros. panel at CinemaCon last evening, CEO Kevin Tsujihara took to the stage to finally confirm that Ben Affleck’s long-rumored Batman solo movie was in the works.
“We're working with Ben Affleck on a stand-alone Batman movie,” Tsujihara said.
During the panel, Tsujihara also gave a rundown of the upcoming movies on the studios’ plate and revealed that they have “at least 10” DC Comics movies coming up in the next five years -- including the Caped Crusader’s new solo adventure, and I'm guessing it's one of the two new mysterious DC movies scheduled for Oct. 5, 2018, and Nov. 1, 2019, Warner Bros. announced last week.
After months of hints and whispers that Affleck himself was working on a script for the superhero film with the help of CCO of DC Entertainment Geoff Johns, this marks the first time that the studio’s even acknowledged that they do have a Bat-movie on their roster.
The rumor was even backed up by a talent agency CEO who said a couple weeks back “there's a script [Affleck]'s written that's a really cool [Batman] idea.”
As for working with Johns, Ben Affleck previously said that “Geoff Johns is a brilliant guy. He and I are working together on something and I really am excited about it, and I love him, he's the best.”
If that news wasn't awesome enough, it's also been confirmed via The Hollywood Reporter that Affleck will sit in the director's chair for his first comic book movie effort (as a director, that is).
Following the announcement, Affleck said “It's been tremendously exciting for us to be a part of the DC Universe, and we're looking forward to working on Justice League.”
I don't know about you guys but for me, along with Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman, Ben Affleck’s take on Bruce Wayne/Batman was one of the best things to come out of director Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Coupled with the fact that the actor is a fine director and that he’s writing the superhero film with Geoff Johns, that upcoming Batman solo movie gives me life the way Justice League doesn’t. How about you?
(via Comic Book)