Rumor: Warner Bros. Impressed with Ben Affleck's 'Definitive' Batman, Planning a Trilogy of Stand-Alone Films

Friday, 07 August 2015 - 3:13PM
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Friday, 07 August 2015 - 3:13PM
Rumor: Warner Bros. Impressed with Ben Affleck's 'Definitive' Batman, Planning a Trilogy of Stand-Alone Films
Ben Affleck's Batman casting has been met with some skepticism, to say the least, but that skepticism is apparently not shared by Warner Bros. executives. According to a new report from Den of Geek, the bosses at Warner Bros. had an extremely positive reaction to his performance, calling him the "definitive Batman" and making plans to center the DCU around his version of the character.

Den of Geek reports, from "an industry source who will remain anonymous," that the first screening of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice just took place, with the film's crew and top-level Warner executives in the audience. The screening was reportedly a "glowing success," even earning a standing ovation. 

Ben Affleck's Batman was singled out for praise, and the executives were reportedly so impressed that they are in the process of locking Affleck into a "Golden deal," which would commit him to a trilogy of standalone Batman movies, to be released over the next decade or so. 

"Basically, Warners are now working their movie universe around Ben's Batman," said the source.

This report is still a completely unconfirmed rumor, but there have been signs that Warner Bros. is putting faith in their collaboration with Affleck, as they recently finalized a deal for him to direct, co-write, and star in the confirmed 2018 standalone film, "The Batman." It was also revealed today that Affleck's two other films currently in development, The Accountant and the Dennis Lehane adaptation Live by Night, have both been pushed off significantly. This is probably just for Batman v Superman promotion and his Justice League commitments, but you never know.

It also just makes perfect sense that Warner Bros. will plan more Batman movies if Affleck's iteration is well-received by fans, so the bigger news may be that they were so impressed by his performance. It's difficult to say whether their taste would align with the fans', but we wouldn't be surprised if Affleck's performance was as great as this report implies. If he plays his cards right, he could easily become a "definitive" portrayal of Batman, maybe even surpassing Christian Bale's version.

Batman v Superman hits theaters on March 25, 2016.
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