Warner Bros’ and DC Comics have a vast array of heroes and villains to draw from as they move forward with their movie adaptations. They are doing a great job getting traction on their various projects. Aquaman has found it’s director in Furious 7’s James Wan. Dwane “The Rock” Johnson has been hyping up the Shazam film for almost a year now. Wonder Woman will be introduced in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and it looks like the character will be portrayed with respect. All of that is great, but Warner Bros’ knows who their main attraction is and they want to make sure he stays in the public eye. Batman remains the DC golden boy and he is not going away anytime soon.
After rumors have circulated that Ben Affleck would be involved behind the camera on the next Batman flick, it has become official. Deadline has confirmed the rumors and is reporting that Ben Affleck will direct the a solo Batman film (the rumored title is The Batman). Not only will he direct, but he will write the screenplay. Not only will that, but he is co-writing the screenplay with Geoff Johns! It is a good thing that this film will not be coming out for 3-4 years, because there is a lot to process in this announcement. Let’s look at a handful of aspects here as we get excited for the prospective Bat-film.
First, Ben Affleck is directing. Even if he wasn’t writing this would be reason enough to be excited. The man is a masterful director of not only tension-filled drama, but action as well. One only needs to watch The Town to see that he can stage and shoot great action scenes. In addition to his action filmmaking, Argo is a perfect example of his dramatic chops. A majority of the movie is just people talking in the room, and the film is just as tense as any ticking-bomb thriller.
Next, though it may seem weird that Affleck is writing (he is predominantly known for his acting and directing as of late), this is very good news. In addition to co-writing his films The Town and Gone Baby Gone, let us not forget that Affleck is an Oscar winning writer for his work on Good Will Hunting.
Lastly, Ben Affleck, Academy Award winning filmmaker, will be co-writing the film with DC’s Chief Creative Officer, Geoff Johns. The man is the public face of DC Comics and I can’t believe that Warner Bros’ has made a decision like this. The studio responsible for flops like Catwoman and Green Lantern has truly turned the corner. The have followed the advice of nerds everywhere and looked to the character’s creators for help on their big screen adaptations. During his run at DC Johns has written storylines for Green Lantern, Aquaman, Batman, Justice League, The Flash, and Superman. In addition to his comics work, he has also got a lot of small screen experience having worked on Smallville, Arrow, The Flash, and the upcoming Supergirl series.
Can it get any better than this? We have one of the best filmmakers working today partnering with DC’s top guy to make a solo Batman film (also of note, Affleck is a huge Batman fan, this is something fanboys forgot when he was announced to playthe role). After Christopher Nolan wrapped up The Dark Knight Trilogy in 2012, it was just assumed that the quality of the Batman films would go down. Afterall, Nolan is an Acadamy Award nominated filmmaker, we just lucked out when Warner Bros’ handed him the Batman property. It looks as though Warner Bros’ wants Batman treated as well as the fans do. We now have another Oscar worthy team making a Batman film and the prospects are good.
Though there is no release date in the report, the solo Batman film is said to take place after the events of Batman v Superman and Justice League Part I. That would tentatively put the film in the 2018 time frame. Whenever we get to see it, The Batman looks to be in the right hands and has jumped to the top of my anticipation list.