This may be exciting news for some of you, and horrifying news to the rest. Ben Affleck is reportedly writing and directing the Batman movie.
While the news may make some fans nervous, it shouldn’t. The incumbent actor in the bat-suit has a successful track record as a director and writer. He directed for the best picture Oscar-winning Argo, and famously won an Oscar for screenwriting Good Will Hunting with frequent collaborator and friend Matt Damon.
Any possible Batman film will wait for now. Affleck, currently filming Suicide Squad and Justice League will star in the adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel Live By Night next. Affleck has written the screenplay and is directing as well.
Reports say Affleck scripting the movie with DC Chief Creative Officer, Geoff Johns.
Geoff Johns has written for DC Comics for over a decade, and has written for just about every major character in the company’s vast catalog of superheroes. Johns wrote some of the best received episodes on DC’s slate of TV shows like Smallville, Arrow, and The Flash. The very successful comic book scribe got his start in the film industry. He worked for original Superman movie director Richard Donner as an assistant in the early 90s.
Affleck and Johns have reportedly begun work on the script, and plan to have a draft finished before Aflfeck begins filming Live by Night. Warner Brothers doesn’t currently have a Batman film on its schedule.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is in theaters March 26, 2016
Justice League follows in November 2017