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Ben Affleck Will Be Staying In Gotham For A While? He Will Reportedly Direct And Star A Stand-Alone Batman Movie

August 7
7:02 PM 2015

Ben Affleck is teaming up with DC Comics' chief creative officer Geoff Johns to co-write a stand-alone Batman film. Affleck will reportedly direct and star in the movie.

Ben Affleck will be staying in Gotham for a little while. The "Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice" star is planning to direct and star in a stand-alone Batman movie. The actor will co-write the film with Geoff Johns, the acclaimed comics scribe and chief creative officer for DC Entertainment. 

All of this is supposed to happen after Affleck is done with his other upcoming directorial project, the film adaptation of Dennis Lehane's crime novel "Live By Night." Affleck is also said to have signed on for several movies as Batman. He is slated to appear in the 2017 "Justice League, Part One" and the 2019 "Justice League, Part Two."

Beyond that, if reports are true that he will do a solo Batman movie, it will be the first of its kind after the 2012 "The Dark Knight Rises." The plot for the stand-alone batman movie would reflect the Batman character that emerges after "Batman V Superman" and "Justice League." He will be taking over the cape and cowl from Christian Bale, who played the Dark Knight in Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy.

According to Deadline, Affleck and Johns are well in synch. In fact, they are likely to turn in a script before the end of the summer, prior to Affleck going off to direct "Live By Night in November." Johns is known for having written several DC Comics classics including "Batman," "Green Lantern," and "Superman." He also has written TV series superhero transfers "Smallville," "Arrow" and "The Flash," as well as the "Supergirl" project with Greg Berlanti for CBS. 

Given DC and Warner Bros.' full schedule of new superhero titles, it is unclear when Affleck's Batman film will hit theaters.

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