“I’m also excited we’ll be working with filmmakers like Ben Affleck in a standalone Batman’’.
That’s how Kevin Tsujihara ‘officially’ confirmed the news that Ben Affleck would be bringing us a solo Batman movie. The studio exec made the announcement at CinemaCon in Las Vegas (Deadline previously ‘unofficially’ confirmed the flick in July).
It was always believed that Warner Bros. had an eye on Affleck to direct a Batman movie when he was cast as The Dark Knight, and last year it was revealed that the multi-Oscar winner had been working on a script for The Batman with Geoff Johns.
Affleck was fantastic in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice and it’ll be great to see what he does with the iconic comic book character. This is what I said about him in my review of the recent superhero mash-up:
Ben Affleck’s ageing Batman/Bruce Wayne is the true star of the show – and Affleck finally gives us the character that has graced the pages of comic books since 1939. Michael Keaton may have been able to deliver the twisted psyche in the Tim Burton movies and both Val Kilmer and George Clooney brought a handsome playboy swagger to the Joel Schumacher years, while Christian Bale gave a brutal physicality to the role. However, none of them managed to fully deliver on the fact that Bruce Wayne (and Batman) has a psychotic streak which runs through his core and that he uses this for good rather than evil, though his sense of right and wrong is morally blurred. He might be fighting for good, but his outlook methods are as dark as the world he inhabits. Snyder and Affleck finally present this to audiences and anyone expecting an Adam West-style version of the character had better look elsewhere.
Batman V Superman sees The Dark Knight fighting for justice and mankind, but he’s also fighting to save his own humanity after 20 years of traversing the roof-tops of Gotham City. Christian Bale’s Bruce Wayne may have been able to walk away from the cowl, but you get the feeling that Affleck’s never could.
Keep reading Movies In Focus for more on The Batman.
Source: The Wrap