Batman Movie to be Written and Directed by Ben Affleck
Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara finally confirms rumors that a Batman Movie to be starred in and directed by critically acclaimed actor and director, Ben Affleck, is in the pipeline. The announcement happened at the still currently unfolding CinemaCon, the largest gathering of the National Association of Theater Owners, being held at the Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
As early as last year, there has been much hush-hush about a stand-alone movie featuring the Dark Knight and the Justice League being negotiated between Affleck and the executives of Warner Bros. This finally closes speculations that Affleck was in the process of developing a Batman script – which indeed, he was.
Warner Bros. is reported to come out with at least 10 movies involving various DC characters from now until 2020. Three of which, Affleck has been able to secure: the Batman stand-alone movie which may come out late in 2018 or 2019, and Justice League One and Two, reportedly slated for release in November 2017 and June 2019, respectively.
As a prelude to the three forthcoming DC films to be led by Affleck, the actor has already debuted on the silver screen as the Dark Knight in “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” which was released late in March in theaters worldwide. The character of Batman was once, immediately prior to Affleck, bestowed upon the equally talented and well-recognized actor, Christian Bale.
Together with world-renowned director, Christoper Nolan, Bale successfully carried the bat suit throughout the Batman Trilogy that began in 2005 with “Batman Begins”. The next release happened in 2008 with “The Dark Knight”, where Bale co-starred with the late-Heath Ledger who left the world awed by his unforgettable portrayal of Joker. The three-part series ended with “The Dark Knight Rises” in 2012.
It will take Affleck several sessions of putting on the bat suit before the verdict is out on his performance as Batman – or, would it? Already, “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” is getting plenty of thumbs down reviews, obtaining only 28% of critic reviews and 69% of general audience nod, as reported on Rotten Tomatoes, the leading online movie and TV material quality review site that accounts for both critic and general audience ratings. The film which was reported to have cost upwards of $400 million to film and to market, has still yet to reach its $1 billion target.
Other movies set for release by Warner Bros. based on the DC Comics franchise include, Suicide Squad, The Flash, Wonder Woman, and Aquaman. Other reported stories set to be filmed include “Aquaman”, “Shazam!”, “Cyborg”, and “Green Lantern Corps”.