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Ben Affleck's stand-alone Batman film confirmed

Ben Affleck

BEN Affleck WILL direct and star in his stand-alone Batman movie.

Warner Bros chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara officially confirmed the project has been greenlit at the CinemaCon event in Las Vegas.

Affleck is currently starring as the caped crusader in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

But while the actor has generally been praised for his performance, Zack Snyder’s film has been roundly slated by critics and now looks likely to fall short of the coveted $1 billion mark at the global box office.

However, Tsujihara remained in bullish mood about Snyder’s film and its prospects of launching a Justice League related franchise, citing it as the perfect foundation for the studio’s planned cinematic universe.

“It set up a great foundation for our DC slate, which includes at least 10 movies through 2020,” he maintained. “I’m also excited to know that we will be working with Ben Affleck on a stand-alone Batman movie.”

Speculation surrounding Affleck’s Batman movie has been rife since the actor and director’s agent, Patrick Whitesell, at WME-IMG, told The Hollywood Reporter in January that his client had already written the script for his own film – which, at that point, was pending approval by Warner Bros.

The only problem at that stage was scheduling, given that Affleck is also due to return as the dark knight in two Justice League movies, in which he will team up with Henry Cavill’s Superman and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman to defend the Earth.

But Whitesell stoked excitement surrounding the project by stating: “There’s a script that he’s written that is a really cool [Batman] idea, so that’s out there as an option.”

Now that the stand-alone effort has been confirmed, it is now possible that the film could arrive in cinemas for either October 5, 2018 or November 1, 2019 – both of which have been set aside by Warner for unspecified comic book movies. Incidentally, the other could go to Suicide Squad 2.

The DC films already dated include Suicide Squad (August 5, 2016), The Justice League: Part One (November 17, 2017), The Flash (March 16, 2018), Wonder Woman (June 2, 2017), Aquaman (July 27, 2018), Shazam! (April 5, 2019), Justice League: Part Two (June 14, 2019), Cyborg (April 3, 2020) and Green Lantern Corps (June 19, 2020).

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