Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was undoubtedly one the most anticipated comic book films of the decade.
Unfortunately the film was ripped to shreds by critics, receiving a 44 from Metacritic and a dreadful 27 percent from Rotten Tomatoes. Although the second instalment of the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) still performed well in the worldwide box office, it failed to reach its overall box office goal.
Some fans will argue that Batman v Superman wasn't as bad as many of the critics said it was and that the film fell short of its box office goal because of the overwhelming backlash from pundits. Despite the films many flaws, most critics agree that Ben Affleck's portrayal of Batman was excellent.
There was a burst of disapproval on social media when Affleck was cast to play the Dark Knight in 2013. Now, three years later after the films release the haters have been silenced. Batman v Superman may have received negative reviews but it's unquestionable that Ben Affleck's performance as Batman was for the most part critically praised.
Most fans can agree that Affleck delivered the most compelling and comic-book-accurate depiction of Batman on the big screen.
After the Dawn of Justice buzz quietened, Warner Bros announced the development of a solo Batman movie starring, directed and written by none other than Ben Affleck himself.
It was later revealed that DC Comics Mastermind Geoff Johns helped Affleck develop the script. Johns is a well-known and respected writer for DC Comics and is responsible for the highly praised DC Universe Rebirth #1. Affleck is known to be a huge fan of Johns - "I would read anything by Geoff Johns. He's a f****** genius, I love him...I'm really excited about where it's going and, um, I couldn't be more honoured and thrilled to be on board and part of this DC Universe."
Johns was most recently put in charge of the DCEU, replacing Zack Snyder after the Batman v Superman fiasco and is now the co-chief of future DC films and is one of the producers for the upcoming Justice League films.
Ben Affleck's Batman film will feature an original story and Affleck has said that he seeks to "borrow certain things from the great comic books, but create an original story around it." This is a similar ethic to what Zack Synder did with Batman v Superman. He created an original story that had elements from classic Bat-comics such as The Dark Knight Returns and The Death of Superman. This information puts the speculation that the film might be an adaption of Under the Red Hood, A Death in the Family, The Killing Joke or Hush to rest.
There are rumours that the solo Batman reboot may contain multiple villains. According to Birth. Death. Movies, Affleck and Johns "want to tell the ultimate Batman story, and to do so they're going to bring in all big guns." There is a chance that some of the villains from this summers Suicide Squad could appear in the film. It is safe to expect the return of Jared Leto's Joker and maybe even Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn and we could also possibly see Will Smith reprise his role as Deadshot. There's also a good chance we will see the DCEU introduction of other popular Batman villains such as the Red Hood, Deathstroke, Penguin and even the Riddler.
What we definitely can expect is to see Jeremy Irons reprised his role as Alfred J. Pennyworth and J.K. Simmons as the Gotham City police commissioner James Gordon. Simmons will make his debut as Commissioner Gordon in next years hotly anticipated Justice League.
In April, Warner Bros. announced released dates for two exciting future untitled DC films. The release dates are currently for October 5, 2018 and November 1, 2019 and there is a good chance that one of these slots could go to the solo Batfleck film, while the other could possibly go to a Harley Quinn Suicide Squad spin-off.
Ben Affleck's Batman will appear in Suicide Squad this August, making him the fist ever on-screen Batman to appear in multiple films in the same year. In Dawn of Justice we saw Batman as a vigilante, but in Suicide Squad we could very well see the caped crusader find his way back as a hero and once again become the protector of Gotham.
We still have to wait a couple of years for Ben Affleck's solo outing as Batman, but we will be able to see him return in 2017s Justice League and in two months for Suicide Squad.