A Batman movie written by Ben Affleck and DC Entertainment CCO Geoff Johns, starring Ben Affleck, and directed by Affleck has long been rumored, and was confirmed in some shape to be on the way at Warner Bros' presentation at Cinemacon. But with so many executives working to build the DC Universe on the big screen, what would that really mean?
According to a new rumor on Heroic Hollywood, Affleck and Johns have "complete creative control" on the Batman solo film. The pair will be able to make every call on the film, as far as its direction, its story, and how it all plays out.
That's good news for fans of the pair of creatives' work. Affleck is an award-winning writer and director, and was praised considerably for his portrayal of Bruce Wayne in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, even by those otherwise heavily critical of the film. Johns, meanwhile, with his extensive knowledge of the DC Comics source material (which largely got him the Chief Creative Officer position in the first place), and work on comics, film, animated film, television, and video games, knows what elements work in each.
The Batman film is in development now, but does not yet have an officially-announced release window, though 2018 is likely. Justice League Part 1 is filming now.