Ben Affleck will star in and direct his own Batman movie for Warner Bros., the studio announced at CinemaCon on Tuesday.
According to Variety, Warner Bros. chief Kevin Tsujihara confirmed the rumors that have been floating around for the past year that Affleck would star and direct one of the 10 DC movies the studio has plans to release over the next few years. Affleck, who debuted his caped crusader in the recent Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, will don the costume for a second time in Suicide Squad this August, opposite one of his biggest foes, the Joker (played by Jared Leto).
While Affleck was reportedly at the Las Vegas conference, he did not comment on the movie. This marks Affleck's fourth feature film that he'll be directing and his first for the superhero genre. Affleck is supposed to start working on the film after he wraps up production on his prohibition-age drama, Live by Night.
Despite Batman v Superman debuting to less than stellar reviews, Tsujihara told the CinemaCon panel that he was excited to continue Warner Bros.' relationship with Affleck and had great faith in the actor. The events of his stand-alone Batman film will follow what happens in Zack Snyder's Justice League movie, set to be released Nov. 17, 2017. Besides the Justice League films, the studio also has plans to release stand-alone features for other characters including the Flash, Aquaman, Cyborg and Wonder Woman.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is currently playing in theaters worldwide.