Ben Affleck to Direct and Star in Standalone Batman Film

Ben Affleck to Direct and Star in Standalone Batman Film

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A few weeks ago, it was reported that Ben Affleck was working on a Batman script with writer Geoff Johns, who is also the Chief Creative Officer of DC Entertainment. Geoff is responsible for The Flash and Arrow shows on The CW, as well as numerous comic books and graphic novels within the DC Universe.

Tuesday at CinemaCon, the National Association of Theatre Owner’s annual convention, Warner Bros. CEO, Kevin Tsujihara, confirmed that Ben will direct a new standalone Batman film. The as of now unnamed film will also star Ben as Batman/Bruce Wayne, but all other characters are being kept hush-hush.

Kevin also mentioned there will be 10 DC films in the next five years, including two Justice League movies, which will be released in 2018 and 2019. DC’s film schedule is set to parallel Marvel’s with Avengers: Infinity War Parts I & II also coming out in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

While the new DC films kicked off with the Superman film Man of Steel, it was not considered a financial success, at least domestically. However, with a $166 million dollar opening, the recently released Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice proved that DC still has a draw with die-hard fans, despite steep competition with Marvel’s string of hit films.

Even if future films don’t match the numbers for Batman v Superman domestically, Ben’s star power along with the mutual box office draw of actors like Will Smith and Jared Leto will ensure major foreign box office sales and big fat profits.