Following his debut as the Caped Crusader in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Ben Affleck is about to extend his role in the DC Extended Universe. Warner Bros. is currently working on developing the actor’s long-rumored standalone Batman film, but it hasn’t exactly been smooth sailing so far.
From abrupt directorial changes to extensive script rewrites, Affleck and the studio have encountered some significant problems in the development process of the forthcoming movie. So where exactly does the project stand now? Here’s everything we know about the upcoming solo hero flick so far.
1. It’s a collaboration between Affleck and Geoff Johns
In early March 2016, Affleck himself confirmed that he’s working on another project with DC’s Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns. “He and I are working together on something and I really am excited about it,” he told DC All Access.
Though Affleck didn’t elaborate further at the time, most presumed that the project with Johns is indeed a new Batman film. Affleck and Warner Bros. then officially confirmed the news at CinemaCon in April 2016.
Though the actor is no longer directing the project (more on that later), he’ll have a significant role in shaping the creative direction of the movie. Per Forbes, Affleck is likely using the extra time he’s gained since departing the director’s chair to work on the screenplay.