Ben Affleck is Batman. That is not news to anyone at this point. However, fans of the DC comics legendary character better get used to the idea of Batfleck, because if the rumor mill is to be believed, Warner Bros. wants to double down on Affleck’s version of The Dark Knight.
Supposedly a small group of executives and higher ups at Warner Bros. were recently shown an early cut of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. The screening was allegedly so well received that it got a standing ovation from the crowd and perhaps even more surprising, much of that had to do with Affleck’s portrayal of Bruce Wayne/Batman.
It is pretty well known that all of the actors in these big superhero films sign lengthy contracts these days, but Warner Bros. apparently wants to center the whole DC cinematic universe on Batman now, and they want to have Affleck commit to doing three solo Batman films.
Affleck is already very committed at this point, seeing as he is already co-writing and very likely directing the first of these stand-alone Batman films. Though these things rarely come with much to go on, some other news that has just come out could point to this being true.
Two more Affleck films, The Accountant and Live By Night have been delayed according to a report by EW. Affleck is set to direct Live By Night, and it has already been delayed several times. This new delay could definitely be a sign that he may have other things, Batman related things, getting in the way of that.
If this winds up being true, it will be pretty surprising considering the initial tidal wave of backlash that was dealt Affleck’s way by the collective Internet when it was first announced he would be taking on the role. We will just have to wait and see if he really pulled it off when Batman V Superman finally hits theaters in March.