The latest rumor circulating around the interwebs is that Ben Affleck could have done so well in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, that he did not direct, that Warner Bros. is considering giving him a 3-picture deal to star and direct three Batman standalone movies. I am not sure where the correlation is from acting in a super-hero action movie would give a studio confidence that you can direct one.
Nevertheless, Den of Geek is reporting that that during a screening at Warner Bros. of the above-mentioned film was so good that it received a standing ovation. Given that it was not a test screening with an actual audience lends me to be a little suspect, but these people want to keep their jobs.
The whole source of the news is based on this quote from an “industry source”:
“Basically, Warners are now working their movie universe around Ben’s Batman.”
Some people are suspecting that the delay of Gavin O’Conner’s The Accountant from January 29th to October 7th, 2016 and the release date of Affleck’s pet project Live by Night being moved from October 7, 2016 to an undated slot in 2017 is to give Affleck time to direct a Batman solo movie, which is hardly enough time for this to happen.
Many directors will tell you that it takes, at least, three years to get a movie going, shot and edited. From 2015 to 2017 is not enough time. Especially, when they pushed the release date to sometime in 2017 is not enough time to squeeze in a super hero movie that you are starting from scratch.
The Accountant is already shot and probably adjusted to give it a potential fall spot for maybe award season and the Live by Night has been delayed by the studio and Affleck himself. That could be a project that may never get off the ground.
It would seem that until everything is official, we can all take this with a grain of salt. Not to mention, when would WB be able to slip a solo Batman movie into their slate? They have so many movies in the production line anyways but if Marvel can make a change for Spider-Man, WB can make the change for Batman.