Ben Affleck to Direct and Co-Write Solo Batman Film

Deadline reports that Ben Affleck and DC Entertainment’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns are currently working together and co-writing a standalone Batman film, with Affleck to both star and direct.

No stranger to the Dark Knight himself, Geoff Johns has written several issues for the character’s solo title in addition to both volumes of  Batman: Earth One and Batman’s regular appearances in Justice League. Johns has also been responsible for several episodes of “Smallville,” “Arrow” and “The Flash,” which he co-developed.

The Deadline site also states that the pair are “well in synch and have more than found their rhythm” in developing the long rumored solo film. Affleck would shoot the Batman solo film once he wraps production on ‘Live by Night,’ a movie he has already delayed once in order to don the Dark Knight’s cowl in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

The movie will take place following the events of “Batman v Superman” and “Justice League,” meaning the film won’t be in theaters until 2018 at the earliest. That said, the report indicates that the importance of the character to Warner Bros. may alter some of the studio’s announced plans for its slate of DC films.

They reveal that the plot for the film will “reflect the Batman character” as he appears after his other DC films. No release date is currently set for the film, though it’s possible another movie in the DC lineup will move over in order to make room for the caped crusader.

What do you think? Will this dynamic duo be able to build the Batman brand and give us something unique? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!