During a panel at CinemaCon in Las Vegas Tuesday, WB chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara said, "We're excited to be working with Ben Affleck on a standalone Batman film," all but confirming the rumor that Ben Affleck will direct the next Batman movie.
Whispers of a solo Affleck/Batman flick have circulated since July, when Deadline stated the actor was working on a Batman script with DC's Geoff Johns (who oversees the majority of the company's slate including movies and television series). Affleck will star in it too, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
While certain specifics, including a date when it would hit theaters, remain unclear, Affleck's turn as director capitalizes on his strength as a bankable star and director, who most recently won a Best Picture Oscar for Argo. Word on the street is that Affleck has written a script that's "a really cool idea" for Batman --and this may very well be it.
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