Say what you like about the casting choice, but it seems like Ben Affleck is throwing everything he's got into playing Batman in the DC Cinematic Universe. In fact, industry rumors are suggesting Affleck is changing up his schedule so he can write, direct and star in his own standalone Batman movie.
According to Deadline, Warner Brothers have been shifting around various Ben Affleck projects for no officially announced reason. The Accountant, which is to be directed by Gavin O'Conner and will star Affleck, has been moved from January 29, 2016 to October 7, 2016, while Affleck's directorial effort Live By Night has been moved from that October date to an unspecified date in 2017. The thinking of some Hollywood rumormongers is that these dates have been altered to give Affleck more time to pen his own Batman script.
The source of these rumors seem to stem from another Deadline report which came out of this year's San Diego Comic-Con. According to the trade magazine, Affleck and Geoff Johns are teaming up to write a standalone Batman movie for Affleck to direct and star in.
If these rumors are true, that adds a fifth movie to the list of DC live-action films which will feature Affleck as the Caped Crusader. Affleck is also due to appear as Batman in Suicide Squad and the two Justice League movies as well as next year's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
However, there could be another explanation for this shift. Industry insiders are also reporting that The Accountant, which boasts an all-star cast, is currently tracking well and has the confidence of the studio. Its shift from January to October could be to simply move it to a more lucrative box office period. This would therefore also necessitate the movement of Affleck's other project, Live By Night.
Of course, as is often the case, this is all speculation and rumor at this point. One thing we do know for sure, is that Affleck will appear on the big screen as Batman when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice debuts on March 25, 2016.