Way back in June, just before Comic-Con 2015 got under way, a report surfaced that claimed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star Ben Affleck, who plays The Dark Knight, had been set to both star in and direct a solo Batman Reboot, which Warner Bros. was eyeing for release in 2018. The report was never confirmed, but just a few weeks later, another report surfaced that claimed he's not only directing and starring in a Batman reboot, but that he's co-writing the script with DC Comics' chief creative officer Geoff Johns. We still haven't gotten any official word on this project from Warner Bros., but the actor-director recently spoke to USA Today, where he revealed that working with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder "inspired" him.
"I'll just say going through the process, I would never have imagined that I could or would direct a movie like this. And in working with (Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder) and seeing what he did and watching him every day, I got really inspired by that and by seeing the scope on which he was telling the story, by seeing what he was able to do with this kind of mythic story on a grand scale."
While this certainly isn't a confirmation that he is writing, directing and starring in the currently Untitled Batman Reboot, it certainly does hint that he's up to the challenge. The July report claimed that Ben Affleck was son "in sync" with his co-writer Geoff Johns, that they were on track to finish a screenplay by the end of the summer. Yet another report claimed that this movie would start a standalone Batman trilogy, but like all of the reports before it, that was never confirmed.
For a movie that hasn't even been officially announced yet, there certainly are a lot of rumors swirling around it. In October, another report claimed that iconic villains such as Red Hood and The Joker would appear in the movie, while the last update we received last month claimed that Suicide Squad star Will Smith will reprise his role as Deadshot in the movie. We know Ben Affleck's Batman will return in Suicide Squad, but it isn't known if he has any interactions with Deadshot.
Ben Affleck is currently directing Warner Bros.' thriller Live by Night, which he also stars in alongside Zoe Saldana, Sienna Miller and Elle Fanning. The studio has tentatively set a 2017 release for the movie, but it isn't known when production is scheduled to wrap quite yet. We know the director-actor will be back for the two-part Justice League Part 1 and Justice League Part 2, which will shoot back to back at the end of this year. What do you think about Ben Affleck directing and starring in a new Batman Reboot?