With San Diego Comic Con going on now through Sunday, there will be more nerd news coming out over the next few days than anyone can possibly handle. However, one massive bomb has already dropped. Ben Affleck is reportedly going to be directing and co-writing the next standalone Batman film for Warner Bros.
The report comes via Deadline and according to that report, Affleck will be writing the script with DC Comics chief creative officer Geoff Johns, who has written for just about every superhero Batman will be appearing on screen with over the next few years.
As of right now there is no release date attached to the project, but Affleck will be taking it on after he finishes his long gestating film adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel Live By Night, which he will also direct and star in.
Apparently Affleck and Johns are getting along quite well, as it was reported that they could have a draft of the script turned in by the end of the summer. That works out well since Live By Night starts production in November.
By the time Affleck gets around to working on the next solo Batman film, his version of the character will already have been very well established on screen after appearing in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice next year and Justice League in 2017.
When Affleck was first cast as Batman it was speculated that part of his deal with Warner Bros. would be getting to direct one of the standalone films, being that he was making a serious shift towards directing as opposed to just acting. It was hard to imagine he would totally shelve that for a lengthy multi-picture deal.
There will surely be more big time headlines like this pouring over the weekend. Things are just getting started at SDCC 2015.