After nine months of speculation and unconfirmed reports, Warner Bros. has announced that Ben Affleck is starring and directing in a standalone Batman film. Studio chief Kevin Tsujihara confirmed it the film during a presentation at Cinemacon in Las Vegas on Tuesday.
This would appear to be part of a new deal between Affleck and Warner Bros., as Endeavor Co-CEO Patrick Whitesell stated in March that the actor/director's original deal ended after taking part in the two Justice League films. The Hollywood agent did say, however, that he had already read Affleck's "really cool" Batman script.
DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns was named in several previous reports as co-writing the then-rumored Batman film, but as of this first official confirmation of the project from Warner Bros., he has not been attached to the project.
No release date or additional details were given, but both Affleck and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice co-star Amy Adams were on stage for a portion of Warner Bros.'s presentation where they unveiled a new sizzle reel about the upcoming DC films. New footage from Wonder Woman was shown, as well as the first set video from Justice League Part 1 with director Zack Snyder joined by much of the cast of the film.
Suicide Squad director David Ayer, as well as castmembers including Jared Leto, Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Joel Kinnaman were also on-stage for a segment in which the new trailer for the film was shown.
Affleck's Batman film would be the tenth named DC film that Warner Bros. has in development, not counting rumored sequels to Suicide Squad, Man of Steel, and several unnamed films with reserved dates in 2018 and 2019.
Affleck will appear as Batman in this August 5's Suicide Squad, and is also a key part of the two Justice League films, which began filming this week in England. Those films are scheduled for release on November 17, 2017 and June 14, 2019, respectively. Assuming that Affleck's Batman film won't be filmed concurrent to the Justice League movies, it could end up taking the second unnamed film date Warner Bros. previously reserved, November 1, 2019.