The news we all knew was coming was finally announced by Warner Bros today at CinemaCon 2016 in Las Vegas. Kevin Tsujihara, head honcho at WB, revealed that Academy Award winner Ben Affleck—who vindicated himself to a legion of skeptical fans that lambasted him brutally when he was chosen as the new Batman—will definitely star in a solo Batman vehicle, which will be part of the expanded DCEU. Tsujihara also used the word “filmmaker” when describing Affleck’s involvement in the project, inferring that Affleck will likely be directing and perhaps even writing (Although he didn’t outright say that). Affleck—who told the Hollywood Reporter last month that he had a “really cool idea” for a Batman script—has won Oscars both for screenwriting (Good Will Hunting) and directing (Argo).
We’ve known for some time that Affleck was going to reprise the role of Batman in other DCEU movies, including the soon-to-begin-filming Justice League Part 1, but the solo Batman movie was only a rumor until today.
Given the positive reaction his performance as Bruce Wayne/Batman got in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, there’s a good chance he can do as well starring in a solo film as previous actors like Christian Bale and Michael Keaton have.