Ben Affleck’s ‘Batman’ Film Will Have An Original Story


Warner Bros. and DC Films are in course-correction mode for where the DC Extended Universe will go after the disappointing critical (and somewhat financial) performance of Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. At least, they are guaranteed one ace in their sleeve: Ben Affleck’s solo Batman movie.

Affleck is set to direct the film and will also co-write the screenplay with recently appointed DC Films co-head Geoff Johns. Many have been speculating on what the new movie would be about, with recent reports that Affleck is aiming to make the ultimate Batman movie with a rogue’s gallery of the caped crusader’s most iconic villains.

During the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice press tour, Affleck was asked by Cines Argentinos about his upcoming standalone movie, and whether or not he would be utilizing classic Batman stories in his film such as A Death in the Family,  The Killing Joke and Under the Red Hood. Affleck responded to the interviewer:

I think what I would do, what I probably would do, is in some ways what Zack did with this movie, which is to borrow certain things from the great comic books, but create an original story around it because I wouldn’t want the fans to already know the story and be familiar, but I would borrow, steal, great things that have been done before in the comics.

It is well-known that Affleck is a phenomenal filmmaker, having directed three critically acclaimed films in Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and Argo for which he won the Best Picture Academy Award in 2013. He also won an Academy Award for screenwriting alongside his best friend Matt Damon for Good Will Hunting in 1998. Affleck’s next film, Live By Night, is set for release on October 20, 2017. I have no doubt that his Batman movie is going to be something special – perhaps it can even go places where Christopher Nolan’s fantastic Dark Knight trilogy didn’t get a chance to go.

Source: Cines Argentinos via YouTube

Noah Villaverde

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  • delta_one

    The fact that Affleck had some much involvement in the creation of this movie alone made this very promising. Adding Geoff Johns to the mix is pretty much solidifying that this will be the Batman movie of our lifetime.

    • Steve Steve

      This is really exciting for sure! Though, I would caution against over-hyping. Any film will have a hard time surpassing TDK (or my personal favorite: Mask of the Phantasm).

      • delta_one

        I agree about avoiding the over-hype of this movie as well. I think that’s what hurt BvS the most. It was such an anticipated movie it was hard to live up to what people built it up to be. Admidettly I loved it, but it fought an uphill battle with critics.

        • Steve Steve

          I think there is something to that. People seem to have a tendency to resent the top of the podium. BvS came out like a presumed champion, and there was already some resentment among critics and audiences. That, coupled with the dour story aesthetic, and some easily mocked (fairly or not) scenes prevented BvS from reaching its potential boxoffice.

          To be clear, I was there opening night, but I did not like the film. I am optimistic about some of the future DC slate, certainly the Batman films.

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  • Darthmanwe

    If he is gonna steal from both Red hood and death in family, that’d be one sick movie, especially with his direction.

  • Redford Jefferson Madison III

    Just have David Fincher come in and remake Se7en with Batman characters.

    • Evan

      We are on the same page!! I think if Affleck decides he doesn’t want to direct, then the only choice is Fincher!

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