Just how long will Ben Affleck be donning the Batman costume? Looks like it may be longer than most of us suspected.
According to a report from Den of Geek, following a screening of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for Warner Brothers executives and film crew, things shifted into high gear in regards to Affleck’s future as Batman. Reportedly the screening went so well that the film received a standing ovation – lets face it, it was a biased audience – and that the execs in particular were thrilled with Affleck’s take on the Dark Knight.
Following the screening the story goes that the WB execs moved in to high gear to extend Affleck’s deal for solo Batman films and make it into a new trilogy of the caped crusader. This would probably install Affleck in the role for at least a decade.
The source went on to tell Den of Geek that the brass at Warner Brothers is viewing Affleck’s take on the character as the “definitive Batman” and that “basically, Warners are now working their movie universe around Ben’s Batman.”
Bold words to be sure.
As if to add fuel to this fire, Deadline dropped in not long after with a report that Affleck’s upcoming The Accountant has been pushed from January 2016 to October 2016. Additionally, Live By Night, which he will write and direct, has been pushed from October 2016 to some time in 2017. Could this be to accommodate the Justice League movies we already know about, or is this to start the ball rolling for his solo commitments?
It looks like Warner Brothers, after years of playing at it, are taking the DC films seriously at last, but is it too much? I guess we’ll find out soon enough.