Although as of yet there has been no official confirmation of a Batman solo movie, Gotham may as well be blinding Hollywood executives with the bright lights of the Bat-Signal.
As Affleck's portrayal of the Caped Crusader rises through the ashes of Metropolis, it has already been that confirmed the Oscar-winning actor and director has already penned a script for a solo outing — and what's more, DC recently announced two new additions to their cinematic slate.
Affleck IS Working On A Script
Now, during his popular show Fatman on Batman, cult film director Kevin Smith confirmed that Affleck has been working on a script in conjunction with Geoff Johns. In a recent podcast, he said:
"Last conversation I had with Geoff Johns I was like are you working on it? And he said yeah.
I said what's it like man, how do you co-write with someone? And he's going we just break it up, he takes halves and I take halves and then we write, and then we switch material, and then he goes over mine and I go over his.
That sounds so f*cking fun man."
Will Affleck Star And Direct?
Affleck's credentials are beyond doubt. As well as being one of the redeeming facets of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the 43-year-old has won the Academy Award for co-writing Good Will Hunting (1997) and directing 2012's Argo.
In an interview with JOE.ie, BvS director Zack Snyder expressed his belief that Affleck would also direct any Batman solo movie. He said:
"Oh yeah, for sure. I think he would. I think that’s kind of the prerequisite, hopefully, for him doing [the film]."
Johns, who is said to be co-writing the script, also has a strong pedigree: as well as being the Chief Creative Officer at DC Comics, he has also written for hugely popular DC TV shows, Arrow and The Flash.
The Dark Knight Will Return
For those desperately clinging on to hope of an official confirmation, be at ease with the knowledge that Batfleck will be returning soon. As well as a cameo in this summer's Suicide Squad, Affleck is contracted to appear in Justice League Part One (2017) and Part Two (2019).
In all probability, the solo Dark Knight movie will take place in one of the recently announced slots in DC's slate, being released on either October 5, 2018 or November 1, 2019.
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Source: Fatman on Batman