Reports of a Ben Affleck-written Batman solo film have ‘risen’ again.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, talent agency William Morris Endeavor's co-CEO Patrick Whitesell told the Hollywood trade in an interview that while the actor will cameo in August’s Suicide Squad, and is contracted to Justice League Part 1 and 2, "there's a script that he's written that is a really cool [Batman] idea, so that's out there as an option."
This follows reports last year during Comic-Con International that the actor-director-writer was developing a standalone Batman project with DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns that Affleck would also direct.
Affleck, who reportedly rewrote parts of Batman v Superman while on set, later said directing a solo Batman movie would "be a dream."
"If I could make it work, yeah, Obviously that would be like a dream," he said, responding to questions about the Comic-Con report. "The trick is, as to any movie, is to make sure that you – if you’re going to direct it – that you can make it good. You’ve got to have the right idea and the right take on it… Broadly speaking, it’s something I’d be open to, for sure. It’s a very exciting idea."
As Newsarama argued Wednesday , Batman v Superman heavily hints at a key story involving Batman, the Joker and the death of a Robin, and it might be more of a surprise if that story is never told on screen than if it is. Here is what we wrote then:
While we haven’t heard much in the way of follow-up to those rumors of a Ben Affleck directed and co-written-with-Geoff Johns solo Batman movie, a standalone Batman film makes way too much sense to dismiss.
Despite the critical drubbing, fans do seem to be responding fairly positively to Affleck as Batman (and Jeremy Irons as Alfred) and we don’t believe J.K. Simmons was cast as Jim Gordon just for a small Perry White-like role in Justice League either.
Warner Bros. revisiting the dynamic that fueled their most successful DC adaptation to date is a no-brainer if there ever was one, particularly if it’s something of an adaption of “A Death in the Family” and/or The Killing Joke, but the question is, when?
Most key dates for the next four years are already reserved by Disney/Marvel, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. themselves and Affleck will be busy with the Justice Leagues.
2021 seems a looong ways away, particularly considering Affleck is no longer a 30-something.