The chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. has revealed the verdict on whether Ben Affleck will direct his own Batman movie.
Kevin Tsujihara announced at CinemaCon on Tuesday that his company, Warner Bros., would be producing a solo Batman movie. Affleck will reprise his role as the iconic superhero as well as direct the film.
Fans have just seen Affleck play Batman for the first time with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Tsujihara touted the film's box office success and how it provides a gateway into future DC films, including the solo Batman film.
"It set up a great foundation for our DC slate, which includes at least 10 movies through 2020," Tsuijhara said. "I'm also excited to know that we will be working with Ben Affleck on a stand-alone Batman movie."
The rumors of Affleck helming his own Batman movie began last year, but the possibility became more real after WME-IMG's co-CEO Patrick Whitesell told The Hollywood Reporter recently about the actor's role in the DC universe moving forward.
"He's contracted to do at least Justice League [Part] One and [Part] Two, so at least three times wearing the cape," Whitesell said. "There's a script that he's written that is a really cool [Batman] idea, so that's out there as an option."
As for when the Batman film will come out in theaters, Warner Bros. has two dates reserved with yet to be announced films: Oct. 5, 2018 and Nov. 1, 2019. It's possible that the film will be slotted in one of those dates or some other date entirely. Warner Bros. is still very much in pre-production for the film.
In the mean time, Warner Bros. has many big DC tentpoles slated to come out in the coming years. Suicide Squad is scheduled for release on Aug. 5, Wonder Woman is set for June 2, 2017 and Justice League Part One is scheduled for Nov. 17, 2017.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is currently out in theaters.