Warner Bros.’ Saturday morning Comic-Con panel is expected to be the source of much new DC Cinematic Universe buzz, but Deadline are today reporting that Ben Affleck will- following completion of his directorial passion project Live By Night– co-write and direct a solo Batman movie for Warner.
Here’s one for the Comic-Con crowd to gnaw on. I’m told that Ben Affleck is teaming up with Geoff Johns to co-write a stand-alone Batman movie that Affleck will direct and star in after he completes his longstanding plan to helm his scripted adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel Live By Night. Johns has about as much comic cred as anybody around. He’s DC Comics’ chief creative officer and has written some of its best remembered comic book series including Green Lantern, Aquaman, Batman, Justice League Unlimited, The Flash and Superman. He also has written TV series superhero transfers Smallville, Arrow and The Flash, as well as the Supergirl project with Greg Berlanti for CBS.
The Batman movie would shoot after he finishes Live By Night, and the plot would reflect the Batman character that emerges after Batman V Superman and Justice League, the latter of which comes out November 17, 2017. DC and Warner Bros have set a long list of superhero movies that take the Marvel formula of interspersing characters from one film to the next, so it’s unclear when Affleck’s Batfilm will be slotted.
We’re not sure of this report’s legitimacy, but it’s fairly reasonable to believe this is true, and that it will be confirmed (or at least hinted at) come Saturday. Stay tuned for updates from BuzzHub.