Ben Affleck is poised to co-write, direct and star in a solo “Batman” film, individuals close to the project told TheWrap on Thursday.
The star would work with DC Comics chief creative officer Geoff Johns on the screenplay. The standalone superhero film would happen after he completes shooting the Dennis Lehane adaptation “Live By Night,” a period crime drama for Warner Bros. that is scheduled to begin production in November.
Affleck recently wrapped his first appearance as the Caped Crusader in next summer’s “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” He’s also expected to don the cowl again for “Justice League,” which is slated for release in 2017.
Plot details of the standalone film are unknown so far.
Warner Bros. declined to comment.
Johns is a longtime writer for DC Comics whose credits include “Green Lantern,” “The Flash” and “Superman.” He is also executive producer of The WB’s series adaptation of “The Flash,” which enters its second season this fall.
Affleck will be promoting “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” at Comic-Con in San Diego this weekend. He will also be seen in “The Accountant,” which will hit theaters in January, and David Ayer‘s “Suicide Squad,” premiering August 2016.
Affleck is repped by WME.