Variety reporting that Ben Affleck is in negotiations write, direct, and star in a solo Batman film with comic book legend/DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns. Of course, it might be a while before he gets around to it, seeing as he just finished Batman V. Superman, he’s about to begin directing “Live by Night” (based on the 2012 Edgar Award winning book by Dennis Lehane), then he’s on to the big Justice League movie (set for 2017). We’re talking 2019 or 2020 AT LEAST.
Sooo… Is Ben taking on such a massive project a good thing or a bad thing?
Ben Affleck has come light years ahead of his days in Daredevil and Gigli. He’s now an Oscar-winning director, who led the cast and crew of Argo to snagging three awards from the Academy, including Best Picture. It’s also worth noting that way back when, before we knew the plan for DC and WB’s superheroes, Affleck was rumored to helm the Justice League movie at one point. That was quickly debunked, but perhaps it wasn’t all smoke and mirrors. The studio has an Oscar caliber director in their camp, and we’re sure it’s at least crossed their minds to utilize his talents in this regard.
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