Forget Sad Affleck, Dawn of Justice star and current Caped Crusader Ben Affleck is beginning to turn his attention toward future movies in the DC Extended Universe and, specifically, The Batman.
On board to write, direct and star in the vigilante’s solo outing, we learned only yesterday that Geoff Johns will co-write the offshoot, but Ben Affleck is already heaping praise on his writing partner.
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News arrives via Batman-News, relaying a clip of Affleck promoting DC Universe: Rebirth #1, billed as the first installment in the next chapter of DC Comics. It’ll hit store shelves tomorrow, May 25, and the actor-writer-director has described Johns as “a f**king genius.”
“I would read anything by Geoff Johns. F***ing genius, I love him. I love DC, I’m really excited about where it’s going, and I couldn’t be more honored and thrilled to be on board and part of this DC universe.”
“Thrilled” and “honored” aren’t necessarily two comments one who have attributed to Affleck’s commitment to the DC Extended Universe coming out of Dawn of Justice. But after nailing an executive producing role in Warner’s two-part Justice League, things are certainly looking up. As for Johns, he recently inked a deal to take point at the helm of the studio’s DC Film Division with Jon Berg.
Ben Affleck will next don the cape and cowl for Suicide Squad in August, before appearing in the opening part of Zack Snyder’s Justice League in 2017. The Batman, meanwhile, is yet to nail down an official release date, but given the general buzz around Affleck’s turn as Bruce Wayne, we imagine it won’t be too long before the Powers That Be at Warner finalize a due date.