Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opened last weekend, and despite receiving mixed reviews from critics and fans the film itself made a ton of money at the box office. Warner Bros. must be breathing a huge sigh of relief since the future of their superhero properties (and they have quite the extensive film slate set up following Batman v Superman) hinged on the reception of this movie. No matter what was said about the positively or negatively, one aspect that was universally praised was Ben Affleck’s version of Bruce Wayne/Batman. What does the future hold for Affleck in the role and what will be the extent of his involvement behind the scenes in future movies involving the Caped Crusader? Read on to find out.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, William Morris Endeavor co-CEO Patrick Whitesell revealed how many pictures Affleck is signed on for and and also provided insight as to what roles he might be taking on for the potential standalone Batman flick.
“He’s contracted to do at least Justice League One and Two, so at least three times wearing the cape,” he says, adding, “there’s a script that he’s written that is a really cool [Batman] idea, so that’s out there as an option.”
So at this point in time it looks as though Ben Affleck could be writing, directing and starring in a solo Batman film. This is very good news since he is in fact an Academy Award winning writer and has a very impressive list of films that he’s directed (he should have won for Argo). The rumors circling indicate that the movie would be a loose adaptation of the Death in the Family/Under the Red Hood storylines from the comics and would include Will Smith’s Deadshot. Either way, more of Affleck as Batman is a good thing.