While fans still have exactly three weeks until Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters, Warner Bros. has already screened the movie for a select group of people, many of whom say that Ben Affleck knocks it out of the park as the new Batman. Last year, there was a report that Warner Bros. was so impressed with his work as The Dark Knight, that they brought him aboard to star in and direct an Untitled Batman Reboot. While the studio hasn't officially confirmed that the project has a green light, Entertainment Weekly recently spoke to Ben Affleck, who confirmed the project is in development, but it may not be happening anytime soon.
"It's in development, and right now I'm really focused on finishing Live by Night. That's where my focus is, and I tend to be a one movie at a time guy. So, when I'm finished with this movie, I'll then focus on my next movie and figure out what that will be."
The original report about this reboot came after Warner Bros. screened a "near finished cut" of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice for the film's crew and studio executives, which was reportedly met with a standing ovation once the credits rolled. This report claims the studio was so impressed with Ben Affleck's performance that they are working out an extended deal with the actor that would lock him in as Batman "for the next 10 years or so." Studio executives reportedly consider the actor as "the definitive Batman," and plan on centering their entire DC movie universe around his character.
It isn't known at this point if Ben Affleck will also write and direct the other movies in this trilogy, but the initial report revealed that the actor/filmmaker was working on the screenplay with DC's Geoff Johns. A few months after Batman v Superman hits theaters, the actor will return as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Suicide Squad, set for release on August 5, 2016. After that, he will appear in Justice League Part 1 and Justice League Part 2, which are set for release in 2017 and 2019, respectively.
Ben Affleck also stars in Warner Bros. Live by Night alongside Zoe Saldana, Sienna Miller and Elle Fanning. The movie was originally set to be released this October, but the studio pushed it to 2017. If this Untitled Batman Reboot does move forward, it isn't quite clear where it may land on Warner Bros.' release calendar, which is already jam-packed with 10 superhero movies coming out within the next four years. Do you hope Ben Affleck's Untitled Batman Reboot should move ahead sooner rather than later? Let us know what you think below.