It seems as though Ben Affleck isn’t ready to hang up his bat-suit just yet, and is planning to appear in several more films as beloved DC Comics superhero, Batman. Aside from the two already confirmed “Justice League” based films, Warner Bros. recently announced that Affleck will also be directing and starring in a standalone “Batman” movie.
The announcement was made last week by Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara at the CinemaCon movie industry convention in Las Vegas.
No release date was announced during the convention, though there is some general speculation as to when the “Batman” movie may be released. “Justice League Part One” is slated to come out in 2017, with a sequel slated for 2019. Aside from those two dates, there are untitled projects set for Oct. 5, 2018, and Nov. 1, 2019 – either of which could be Affleck’s movie.
The choice to announce a standalone film could not come at a more interesting time. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which came out over Easter Weekend, debuted at an impressive $170 million in the box office, though the film was generally panned by critics. Response among the fan base could only be judged on a case-by-case basis.
Many thought the “Batman” franchise may have been nearing its end in terms popularity, though Christopher Nolan’s “Dark Knight” trilogy featuring Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader quickly changed that. On top of a few billion dollars across banked the trilogy, “The Dark Knight” is considered by many to be the magnum opus of the “Batman” series.
Affleck looks to capitalize on the moment and produce a film worthy of standing next to its predecessors.
This is not the first time that Affleck has worked both sides of the camera. In 2010, he wrote, directed and acted in “The Town.” In 2012 Affleck directed and starred in the Oscar-winning “Argo.”
Not much else is known about the upcoming “Batman” reboot, though rumors involving cameos and plotlines have already begun to spring up across internet message boards. In light of DC Comics growing effort to produce high-quality film content, it should come as no surprise if fellow DC stars like Jared Leto (The Joker) may be making appearances.
Warner Bros. and DC Comics are also partnering to produce “Suicide Squad,” which is set to release Aug. 5. Trailers surrounding the film have already given fans plenty to be excited about, including Leto’s terrifying new take on The Joker, Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn and Will Smith as Deadshot.
While it is purely speculation, any of those characters are definite possibilities for the upcoming “Batman Film,” though fans will just have to hope for now.