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Ben Affleck teaming up with DC Chief Geoff Johns for standalone Batman movie

July 10th, 2015 by Matt Gault Comments

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It’s been in the pipeline for weeks now, but it looks as though the standalone Batman film everyone (or maybe not everyone) wants to see is happening. Deadline is reporting that Affleck is set to join forces with DC’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns to pen a script.

Affleck will also direct and, obviously, star.

With the news not being confirmed yet, speculation remains over what arc the story will take. With Dawn of Justice and Justice League to come in the next two years, if Affleck does pursue his own Batman flick, we are likely to see a slightly older Bruce Wayne, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

It may be a good few years from happening though, as Affleck is still set to press ahead with his longstanding plan to helm a scripted adaptation of the Denis Lehane novel, Live By Night.

For those of you who have somehow let Johns’ excellent work evade you, he is the very definition of pedigree, and will bring some DC writing gravitas to the script. What pedigree? Well, has written some of DC’s best remembered comic book series including Green Lantern, Aquaman,  Batman, Justice League Unlimited, The Flash and Superman. He has also written TV series superhero transfers Smallville, Arrow and The Flash, as well as the Supergirl project with Greg Berlanti for CBS.

There’s no doubting that this news will dominate the Warner Bros panel on Saturday at SDCC. With this story now very much doing the rounds, the cast and crew of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will find it nigh-on impossible to avoid questions about the potential for this future project. Expect the questions to be dodged like a politician, this will be kept well under wraps.

The Warner Bros panel gets underway at 5.30pm (BST) on Saturday.

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Matt Gault is a sports writer and film fanatic. He is a fully-qualified journalist and has worked for BBCNI, Sunday Life and has been published on The Guardian's website. He interns at REDNI, sub-editing for the Belfast Telegraph. He studied at Queen's University pretending to like history and literature and then University of Ulster Coleraine, where he slacked off enormously for a year and somehow got away with it. He also enjoys Captain Morgans, The Sopranos, Led Zeppelin and Hunter S. Thompson which makes him a remarkably uninteresting person.

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