Ben Affleck will co-write, direct and star in a standalone Batman film, Deadline reported. The actor will share script duties with Geoff Johns, chief creative officer of DC Comics. Insiders revealed that Affleck and Johns are “well in sync” and are looking forward to working with each other. They are also likely to complete the script by the end of this summer.
Official details about the film are yet to come, but Web speculation says the plot will follow the events of the “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" and “Justice League” films. It has also been reported that Affleck will begin making the solo Batman film after he finishes work on "Live By Night," a film adaptation of a Dennis Lehane novel
Affleck’s version of Batman is reportedly much different from what has been shown in previous films. “The idea for the new Batman is to redefine him in a way that doesn’t compete with the [Christian] Bale and [director] Chris Nolan Batman but still exists within the Batman canon. It will be an older and wiser version, particularly as he relates to Henry Cavill’s Superman character,” said Affleck, Screen Rant reported.
Affleck also compared his character to a Shakespearean personality. “Batman is basically the American version of Hamlet,” he told Entertainment Weekly.
The 42-year-old actor will take on Cavill’s Superman in "Dawn of Justice." He will be shown traveling to Metropolis to keep Superman in check. The two will confront each other as villain Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) will make plans to destroy humanity. It will open March 25, 2016.
Zack Snyder has directed the film from Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer’s screenplay based on the DC comics characters. Other cast members include Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter and Gal Gadot. The film will be shown in 2D, 3D and Imax 3D.