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Ben Affleck to write, direct and star in Batman solo film

Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

Ben Affleck will take the helm of a Batman solo film set after the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justicereports Deadline. The actor will also co-write, with Geoff Johns, and star in the as yet unnamed movie.

"My studio sources tell me that Affleck and Johns are well in synch and have more than found their rhythm," says Deadline's Mike Fleming. "In fact, they are likely to turn in a script before the end of the summer, prior to Affleck going off to direct Live By Night in November. Affleck postponed that pic to star in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice."

His sources had no word on when the new project would be slotted into Warner Bros. upcoming lineup of DC Comics-based films.

Geoff Johns is not a strange name to Batman fans, as the co-publisher of DC Comics — one of two people in the highest creative position at the comics publisher. In addition to a long and lauded career in comics, he's written significant work for Warner Bros. most currently successful television efforts, Arrow and The Flash. As the facts stand now, Affleck's film will be the first movie in a long time to involve Batman without involving the writing of David Goyer. Perhaps his involvement may create a significantly different look at the Caped Crusade than we've seen from the Nolan and Snyder movies so far.

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