SDCC ’15: Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns to Write Batman Standalone Film!


by: S. Scott Stanikmas

Not too long ago the sleuths over at Latino Review broke the news that Ben Affleck wanted to star in AND direct a Batman film for Warner Bros. Now it looks like he wants to do just a little bit more.

Deadline is reporting that word out of San Diego Comic-Con has Affleck writing the next Batman film. But he’s not doing it alone. Partnering up with him will be DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns. Affleck previously won an Oscar with Matt Damon for Good Will Hunting.

This sounds like a match made in heaven to me. Johns has had a stellar track record in DC on their print side. He started with a reimagining of a Golden Age concept with Stars and S.T.R.I.P.E. before moving on to defining runs on Flash, Green Lantern and Aquaman just to name a few. He’s also been killing it with his contributions to DC’s small screen projects like Smallville, Arrow and Flash.

In order for Affleck to take the role in Batman V Superman he had to put his other project, Live by Night on the backburner. Depending on when he and Johns complete their Batman script Live by Night could be pushed back even further.

It’s not known when the Batman film would be released, but with the importance that Warner Bros has been putting on their DC Comic adaptations, I’d say it’s very likely that this would see the fast track.

There’s no word on what the story will be or where it will fall in the chronology of the DC movies. You can expect that Warner Bros most likely will want the film to follow suit and build upon the connected universe that the studio is trying to create.

With the Warner Bros panel set for Saturday morning, we could get more news concerning this project amongst many others. Keep checking back for more updates!

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