Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara confirmed on Tuesday, that the studio is green-lighting a standalone Batman film which Ben Affleck will direct and star in. Last week it was also reported that Affleck was already working on a Batman script, although it was not confirmed if it had any association with the announced film.
Co-CEOS Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell of WME-IMG revealed in an interview with THR that Affleck is slated for at least three films for which he will don the cape. These include Justice League One and Two, as well as the standalone Batman film. While a release date has not been confirmed, last week Warner Bros. reserved dates for two untitled DC films slated for Oct, 5 2018 and Nov, 1 2019. One of those dates could be reserved for the Batman film.
With all of the negative criticism surrounding Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice, it is is easy to see why Warner Bros. was quick to announce a standalone Batman film as many felt Affleck's portrayal of the character was one of the films greatest strengths. In addition, Affleck's award winning talents as a writer and director make his involvement with the film much more intriguing and many speculated early on, whether or not Warner Bros. would call on his talents behind the camera. Overall, this move acknowledges the buzz around Affleck's incarnation of the character and fans can now look forward to a new era of Batman on the big screen.