When Warner Brothers unveiled its massive DCEU film schedule which runs through 2020, one notable absence was that of a solo Batman film starring Ben Affleck as the character. Not long after, the studio did confirm that a solo “The Batman” film is in the works. Subsequently came reports that Affleck himself is set to star, likely to co-write and might possibly direct it as well.
Speaking with USA Today about the chances of the latter, Affleck says his “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” director Zack Snyder has inspired him to dive into the material – something he never would have expected to do before he shot ‘Dawn’:
“I’ll just say going through the process, I would never have imagined that I could or would direct a movie like this. And in working with (Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder) and seeing what he did and watching him every day, I got really inspired by that and by seeing the scope on which he was telling the story, by seeing what he was able to do with this kind of mythic story on a grand scale.”
Following his appearance in ‘Dawn’, Affleck’s Batman looks to be serving as a bridging character between individual franchises with a confirmed short appearance in “Suicide Squad” opening in August, a rumored appearance in “Wonder Woman” opening June 2017, and a confirmed appearance in the first of the “Justice League” films November 2017.
In other Batman news, the first six minutes of the upcoming animated “Batman: Bad Blood” film have been released and can be watched below. Jason O’Mara voices Batman in this third film in the series following 2014’s “Batman and Son” and last year’s “Batman vs. Robin”.