If you were one of the critics of the Batman V Superman movie, and specifically Ben Affleck, then you might want to reconsider. While Ben's apparent sad expression when asked about the bad reviews for Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice took the Internet by storm, becoming an amazing meme almost overnight, the naysayers aren't at all stopping him from moving forward in the iconic role. This time around he's able to take matters into his own hands, and, no, I'm not just talking about the Justice League films. Ben Affleck has written a potential script for his own Batman movie.
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the William Morris Endeavor agency — with which Affleck is currently being represented — spoke out about what we can expect from the actor's DC Comics career moving forward. "He's contracted to do at least Justice League One and Two, so at least three times wearing the cape," reassures co-CEO of WME-IMG, Patrick Whitesell. There's a script that he's written that is a really cool [Batman] idea, so that's out there as an option." Yep, it's written. And it's already been described as "really cool." I mean, Batman is cool enough on his own, but a Batman movie that was written by the man playing Batman? That's cool on top of cool.
Whether or not Zack Snyder will be on board for directing the storyline that Affleck wrote is, of course, still up in the air. However, it was announced at San Diego Comic-Con this past year that the script is being written hand-in-hand with Geoff Johns — the DC Entertainment chief creative officer — so we can be sure that fans will adore it.. And, if we know anything about Ben Affleck's writing experiences of the past, the entertainment industry can definitely trust his skills in not only acting, but in the departments of both writing and directing as well. The past writing successes of his include Oscar-winning and nominated pictures like Good Will Hunting (1998) and The Town (2010) pretty much speak for themselves.
Considering Affleck's strong grasp on his interpretation of the character so far, I have high hopes for this solo film. While we definitely can't expect a Batman film that is anything like what we saw in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy, we can expect more of the "old" Batman we have recently been introduced to. And, personally, I think Affleck nailed what it's like to be a Batman who is just plain fed up with the stuff going on in Gotham city.
Unfortunately, we won't be getting this Batman film for a very long time. “It’s in development [Batman], and right now I’m really focused on finishing Live By Night [a film he is currently writing and directing],” says Affleck, “That’s where my focus is, and I tend to be a one movie at a time guy. So, when I’m finished with this movie, I’ll then focus on my next movie and figure out what that will be.” According to the current schedule of DC Comics films set to be released, it seems as if 2021 may be the year in which it will even fit on the timeline. After all, the rest of 2016 through 2020 is packed with DC Comics film releases including Suicide Squad (2016), Wonder Woman (2017), Justice League (Part 1 — 2017, Part 2 —2019), The Flash (2018), Aquaman (2018), Shazam! (2019), Cyborg (2020), and Green Lantern Corps (2020).
No one is taking this role away from Affleck anytime soon, and he has plenty of time to impress even his staunchest critics. Starting with Justice League Part One when it hits theaters in November 17, 2017.
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