Ben Affleck is renown for pushing the envelop, but his latest stunt is not amusing the studio executives at Warner Bros.
Back in 2013, when Affleck agreed to don the cape and cowl and play Batman, one of the stipulations in his contract was he would have the opportunity to direct a stand-alone Batman movie. Recently, when WB released its slate of films for DC superheroes, a solo Batman flick was not listed.
At Comic-Con, Affleck made an announcement that he and graphic novel writing guru Geoff Johns would team for the Batman film. While the WB always planned to honor its contract stipulation to Affleck, my sources say they were waiting for any official announcement until they could gauge reaction to Affleck's Batman performance in the upcoming BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. While Johns is the premiere superhero scriptwriter, WB did not take kindly to the news Affleck and Johns had already begun collaborating. When pressed, WB officially had no comment on Affleck's announcement.
Affleck's original contract allowed for him to direct a solo Batman film, but did not contain a clause for him to also star as Batman in that opus. Affleck's announcement adds the new twist as director and star. He is already scheduled to appear as the Caped Crusader in two planned JUSTICE LEAGUE OF AMERICA films.
It will be interesting to see if this latest push by Affleck affects his relationship with WB. My guess is it will all depend on how well he is accepted in the Batman role by movie-goers.