Now that Warner Bros. has launched their DC Comics Extended Universe with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the studio will be expanding this superhero world in a number of different ways. The villain-centric Suicide Squad hits theaters this August, while production is already under way on Justice League Part 1, which has a November 17, 2017 release date in place. The studio also recently confirmed that Ben Affleck will both be reprising his role as Bruce Wayne in an Batman Reboot that he is also directing and co-writing with Geoff Johns. While very little is known about the story, an interview from March has surfaced that teases how he plans on approaching the story.
Months before Batman v Superman debuted, there were rumors that Warner Bros. was so pleased with Affleck's performance, that they were hammering out a deal for him to direct his own Batman movie. Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara confirmed at CinemaCon in April that the movie is happening, but we haven't gotten any confirmed story details as of yet. Cosmic Book News discovered an international video interview with Ben Affleck, where he teased how he might approach his own Batman movie. Here's what the actor had to say below.
"I think what I would do, what I probably would do, is in some ways what Zack did with this movie, which is to borrow certain things from the great comic books, but create an original story around it because I wouldn't want the fans to already know the story and be familiar, but I would borrow, steal, great things that have been done before in the comics."
Ever since this project was first rumored, many believed that the story would be adapted from The Red Hood comics, since Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hinted that Batman's former sidekick Robin was killed by The Joker. A new report surfaced last month that claimed Red Hood won't be included in this story, but it will feature "just about every major bad guy" from the Batman comics. We don't know for sure if Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns have completed work on the script yet.
During the CinemaCon presentation, Kevin Tsujihara teased that this Batman movie would hit theaters sometime within the next five years. It's also worth noting that, in April, the studio set October 5, 2018 and November 1, 2019 release dates for two unspecified DCEU movies, with many speculating that one of those dates is being held for this Batman movie. We'll be sure to keep you posted with more updates as soon as we have more concrete information about the Batman reboot, so stay tuned. In the meantime, take a look at Ben Affleck's interview below, which comes at the 9-minute mark of the video.