It appears that Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight may be sticking around the DC Cinematic Universe. There are rumors that Ben Affleck is being asked about his availability in the hope that Affleck will reprise his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman from the upcoming film Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice in solo film(s).
Comicbook.com reports that Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice was recently shown to Warner Bros. executives to great acclaim. The rumor is that those executives now wish to make Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Batman the “cornerstone” of the DC Cinematic Universe. In addition, Deadline reports that two of Ben Affleck’s movies with Warner Bros. have been pushed back. The movies in question are The Accountant (moved from January 29, 2016 to October 7, 2016) and Live By Night (moved from October 7, 2016 to an unspecified release date in 2017). This change may be to accommodate Ben Affleck’s current schedule as Batman, since he is already slated to appear as Batman in Justice League Part 1; he may not have time to film both of those movies and Justice League Part 1.
The number of solo films varies with the source. According to comicbook.com, Ben Affleck may be portraying Batman in as many as three solo films, as does Den of Geek. However, Deadline claimed during SDCC that Ben Affleck is working with DC’s Geoff Johns on one solo film starring his Batman, and used that rumor to make the suppositions about Affleck’s schedule related above. None of these sources have claimed that the solo film deal is locked in, so it is possible that this deal will fall through. These discussions have not allowed for the possibility of public backlash: the last movie starring Batman (Christian Bale that time) The Dark Knight Rises was just released in 2012. It seems that sooner or later, we may hit peak Batman, and Ben Affleck may be the one to take us there.
Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice is set to be released on March 25, 2016.