Standalone Batman Movie is Being Developed by Studio, Ben Affleck Confirms

"There's definitely willingness and a will and a desire."

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Although Batman will be sharing the screen with another legendary superhero in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, a future film featuring just the caped crusader movie is inevitable. Now star Ben Affleck has confirmed that the project is indeed in development.

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In an interview with EW, Affleck explained that Warner does plan to make another Batman movie, but stopped short of revealing his involvement. "There's definitely willingness and a will and a desire to make a [standalone] Batman movie on the part of Warner Brothers", he said. "It's in development, and right now I'm really focused on finishing Live By Night. That's where my focus is, and I tend to be a one movie at a time guy.

"When I'm finished with this movie, I'll then focus on my next movie and figure out what that will be."

Affleck has been rumoured to be the studio's choice of director for a Batman film for some time. Last year, it was reported that his deal with the studio to play the character also included him writing and directing a future movie for them.

It has also been revealed that Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder at one time planned to put previous Bat-actor Christian Bale in the film. Speaking to Filmink, Snyder explained that casting Bale would have clarified that his film did not exist in the same universe as Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy.

"We did talk about that briefly," he said. "I wanted to hire Christian to play another part to make that obvious. Christian could play, like, Alfred with age makeup. No! Of course not. But you know what I mean. Even people at the studio would say, 'who are you getting from the other movies?' And I was like, 'Hey, come on guys, let's all understand, it's a different world.'"

"In the Batman universe that Chris Nolan created, Superman would have a hard time existing. That that's why we did a reboot on the universe, so we could allow these characters to exist together. We needed to do that to have Batman exist in this world."

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens on March 25, 2016. It also stars Henry Cavill, Jesse Eisenberg, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, and Laurence Fishburne.

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