Ben Affleck is set to direct and star in his own stand-alone Batman film.
Warner Bros chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara confirmed at Cinemacon (held in Las Vegas this week) what most DC fans have been waiting to hear since the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (BvS).
Affleck won a Golden Globe and and an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Good Will Hunting in 1997.
He won two more Golden Globes and an Academy award in 2012 for his work on Argo in 2012, which he directed and starred in.
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Tsujihara praised BvS as a great start to the DC Extended Universe and also mentioned his excitement about working further with Affleck.
“It set up a great foundation for our DC slate, which includes at least 10 movies through 2020,” said Tsuijhara. “I’m also excited to know that we will be working with Ben Affleck on a stand-alone Batman movie.”
Affleck’s portrayal of Batman was seen as one of the major triumphs of BvS in the face of a huge amount of bad publicity, so DC/Warner Brothers seem to have decided to cash in on that positive reaction from fans.
The Ben Affleck directed Batman movie does get me excited for Batman again. Maybe makes Dawn of Justice moot
— Henry John Bevan (@henryjohnbevan) April 13, 2016
Although a date hasn’t been set in stone for the release of the film, fans will be able to get their fix of The Dark Knight sooner rather than later.
He will have a part to play in the upcoming Suicide Squad movie, where it’s likely he will battle his age old foe The Joker, played by Jared Leto.
He will also star in the Justice League films, the first of which will be released in November 2017.