I bet most people who lambasted the casting of Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight are eating their words as the Oscar winner took to the silver screen in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. While it seems critics were unified in regards to the quality of the film at large, Batfleck was not on their joint shit-list, making the prospect of his solo Batman film more enticing by the day. According to Patrick Whitesell, the co-CEO of William Morris Endeavor, already said Affleck wrote a treatment, but Batman v Superman and Justice League: Part One director Zack Snyder is working on him to also helm the picture.
Speaking with JOE.ie (via HH), Snyder said of Affleck’s script work:
I keep working on him, he’s always said he’s a one movie at a time guy. He’s finishing editing his film, Live By Night and then he comes to Justice League and then after that, I think he’s going to try and develop the story. Then we’ll see if he likes it.
When asked if Affleck would direct, as well, Snyder said:
Oh yeah, for sure. I think he would. I think that’s kind of the prerequisite, hopefully, for him doing [the film].
Affleck will next film Justice League: Part One, which begins production on April 11th, under Snyder’s direction. The end of Batman v Superman revealed he’ll be the one rallying the superhero troops with Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot). Though, he’ll appear before the film’s theatrical debut in this August’s Suicide Squad, in which he’ll notably chase down Jared Leto’s Joker. According to Whitesell, Affleck is also contracted to appear in 2019’s Justice League: Part Two.
Watch Snyder’s interview with JOE.ie below:
Rehearsing for the 4 on 1 fight during the Martha rescue sequence. I had the absolute pleasure of performing with four of the best fight performers in the film industry, Lateef Crowder Dos Santos, Allen Jo, Wayne Dalglish, and Steve Brown.#lateefcrowderdossantos #waynedalglish #stevebrown #allenjo#batmanvsupermandawnofjustice #richardcetrone #moviefights #dccomics #Batman
Justice League will also feature Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, and Ezra Miller as The Flash ahead of each of their solo films. For more from Batman v Superman, check out some of our recent links:
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- Producer Deborah Snyder on ‘Batman v Superman’ and the ‘Star Wars’ Easter Egg