Ben Affleck, Geoff Johns to Join Forces for Solo Batman Film

Ben Affleck will don the cape and cowl and direct an upcoming Batman film in collaboration with Geoff Johns of DC Comics.

A solo Batman movie is in the works, starring and directed by Ben Affleck. The actor/filmmaker is developing the big screen project for Warner Bros. with comic book A-lister Geoff Johns.

DC Comics' chief creative officer, Johns has written a number of comic book series. In addition to the Batman comic, he wrote The Flash, Superman, Justice League, Aquaman, and Green Lantern. He has also written superhero TV adaptations, including Smallville, Arrow and the new Supergirl series for CBS.

Affleck and Johns are co-writing the screenplay for the upcoming Batman feature.

It will be interesting to see what Affleck does with the caped crusader, both in front of and behind the camera. The popular leading man has proven himself to be a talented director, particularly with the Oscar-winning Argo. However, filming of the Batman movie will have to wait until he directs the Prohibition-era crime feature Live by Night, based on Dennis Lahane's novel. That picture is scheduled to begin shooting in November.

Deadline's Mike Fleming Jr. disclosed some insightful tidbits about the collaboration, saying, "My studio sources tell me that Affleck and Johns are well in sync and have more than found their rhythm. In fact, they are likely to turn in a script before the end of the summer."


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