Deadline is reporting that Ben Affleck will be taking his duties as the world’s new Batman more seriously than any other actor has, actually directing himself in the role for the next solo Batman movie. As if that weren’t enough, he’s also co-writing the script with DC Comics vet (and the company’s Chief Creative Officer) Geoff Johns. Johns is a natural choice to write the script for a movie featuring Batman, as he’s handled many of the character’s stories in the comics, as well as the DC Comics TV shows Smallville, Arrow, and The Flash.
As the script for what will be the next cinematic adventure for Batman hasn’t even been written yet, details on what the film will be like, or even what it will be called, are still to come sometime in the future1. Deadline does report, though, that the movie would “reflect the Batman character that emerges after Batman V Superman and Justice League,” both of which will prominently feature Affleck’s take on Bruce Wayne amidst a superhero ensemble. Here’s the controversial teaser trailer for the former film, which gave us all our first look at Affleck’s Batman:
Affleck and Johns are reportedly finding the creative collaboration process pretty easy, and expect to be finished with their screenplay before the summer ends. That’s a good thing for Affleck, who has an entire feature film to make before directing his Batman movie – the Dennis Lehane adaptation Live By Night2. He actually postponed his work on that movie in order to star in Dawn of Justice, and plans for the now-untitled Batpicture to be his next project after Night.
DC tweeted a photo of Johns from their Comic-Con panel earlier today:
— DC Comics (@DCComics) July 10, 2015
DC’s Justice League movie is now slated for a release date in November of 2017, so Affleck has a little bit of time to get this Batman movie off of the ground. It doesn’t have even a tentative release date yet, and Warner Bros has already scheduled an entire slate of DC superhero movies in the vein of the hugely successful Marvel films, so scheduling alone will be a significant undertaking. Given the public’s seemingly unquenchable thirst for movies about Bruce Wayne and his nocturnally caped and cowled crusade against crime, they can more than likely slot it in whenever they want and make Bruce Wayne-worthy amounts of money at the box office.