Ben Affleck will have more say in a future Batman movie according to Variety and other sources. After he plays the Caped Crusader in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and its sequel, Justice League, scheduled to hit theaters in 2017, and after he directs the film Live By Night, Affleck will have a few other hats to wear when it comes to making a stand-alone Batman flick, if ongoing negotiations pan out. He would not only be starring in it, but possibly also co-writing and directing it.
The future Batman solo movie is just in the speculative stages now, but especially if the two upcoming Warner Brothers movies about Batman and Superman and the formation of the Justice League do well at the box office, a few years down the road, Affleck will star in a solo Batman movie. At this early point, however, Warner Brothers had no comment to make about the possibility.
Still, according to the sources who spoke to Variety, after directing Live By Night, based on the based on Dennis Lehane crime novel by the same name, Affleck will be co-writing the solo Batman movie with a person who has a lot of experience with the DC character, Geoff Johns. Johns is the chief creative officer at DC Entertainment, and he has written several comic books, like Superman: Secret Origin, Justice League, and Green Lantern. He also has written episodes of Arrow, The Flash and Smallville, and he will write for the upcoming Supergirl TV series, as well.
This weekend, Affleck will reportedly be making an appearance this Saturday at the annual Comc Con in San Diego. There, he will be plugging the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice flick. Next January, 2016, Affleck will be starring in the Warner Brothers movie, The Accountant.
Clues as to the direction that Affleck and Johns will be taking the future Batman movie project might be found in the two graphic novels Johns collaborated on with artist, Gary Frank. They are called Batman: Earth One, volumes 1 and 2.
The other DC Entertainment Earth One graphic novels are one on the Teen Titans, three on Superman, and in November, there will be the first one based on Wonder Woman. These graphic novels are, more or less, based on the comic book heroes and heroines fans have come to know and love, but as they are set on an alternate Earth, the writers of them are not tied down to past histories of the characters and interrelated comic book plot lines. The writers are more free to take the characters in other directions.
In the case of Batman, among other things, it means the his butler, Alfred, can be different, as he is in the two Earth One novels currently out on Batman, he can combat different villains, and he does not have to become a member of the Justice League or to team up with the Man of Steel. The Dark Knight can have a different origins backstory, to an extent, and he can just concentrate on being the best crime fighter that he can be.
The Bruce Wayne of the Earth One graphic novels is younger, and has not yet become as jaded as the Batman of the Dark Knight flicks and the upcoming Batman v Superman flick. The Joker has not yet been introduced into the graphic novels. So far, the Batman depicted in them has combated against the Riddler and the Scarecrow.
If the future proposed solo Batman movie is based on the Earth One graphic novels, it might be that some other actor will have to be used to play Bruce Wayne / Batman in his younger years. The movie might take up with Batman being older and wiser than he is in the first two graphic novels set on Earth One.
Affleck will have more say in the future Batman movie, possibly co-writing it and directing it as well as starring in it. This weekend, though, he will be in San Diego, along with actor Henry Cavill, who plays Superman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the movie’s director, Zack Snyder, actress Gal Gadot, who will be Wonder Woman, and other cast members, like Jeremy Irons and Jesse Eisenberg. One thing for sure, for fans of Batman and how actor Christian Bale played him in the Dark Knight franchise, it will be interesting to compare Affleck’s take on the Caped Crusader in Dawn of Justice to Bale’s.
Written and Edited By Douglas Cobb
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