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It's been pretty much a given for some time now that Ben Affleck would have his own standalone Batman movie. We all knew it was going to happen, it was just a question of Warner Bros confirming it. Well now, according to Wired, it has been confirmed.
The disclosure came at CinemaCon in Las Vegas, a global "gathering of movie theatre owners". Warner Bros Entertainment CEO Kevin Tsujihara made the reveal, also confirming that Affleck would direct the film.
Now, it's easy to read this and let your eyes firmly roll into the back of your head as you're reminded that Batman v Superman was a phenomenal (expensive) cinematic mess. None of that was Affleck's fault, his Bruce Wayne was one of the few highlights from the movie and he's actually a very good director. Let's not forget that Argo won Best Picture at the Oscars in 2013.
Affleck has been rumoured to have been working on a script for a Batman movie for months now. He was also recently stated to be working with DC Comics' chief creative officer Geoff Johns to pen the screenplay. Furthermore, when he initially signed up to play Wayne in Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman, he always had plans to helm his own movie.
DC was never going to stay away from Batman indefinitely, being that it's the company's most popular character, and the success of Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy.
However, BvS has been for the most part, panned ruthlessly, and if DC are to get the majority back on their side it's probably a safe bet to give Affleck the keys to the Batmobile.
The man has made two well received films (The Town, Argo) and there's no reason to bet against him going three for three.
As for dates and plot-lines, well there's no news on that yet.
Words by Matthew Cooper
Lead Image Credit: Warner Bros
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