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