Has Ben Affleck even got time to direct and star in a standalone Batman movie?

Sources say the Argo star will team up with comic book genius Geoff Johns and direct the caped crusader's next caper

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He may be following in Christian Bale’s footsteps by slipping on the bat suit for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice but Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne journey is only just beginning – at least if certain sources are to be believed anyway.

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Industry insiders at Deadline say Affleck is not only going to star in the first standalone Batman movie since The Dark Knight Rises, but he’s also going to direct the caped crusader’s new standalone on-screen caper too.

And the Oscar-winning producer and director couldn’t ask for a better sidekick to help him bring the bat back to the big screen: DC Comics’ chief creative officer Geoff Johns – who penned Green Lantern, Aquaman, Batman, Justice League, The Flash and Superman comics – is said to be working with the Gone Girl star on the film.

Johns has enjoyed considerable success adapting comic books for the screen already, with writing credits for Smallville, Arrow and The Flash, plus the new Supergirl project already in his back catalogue.

It’s difficult to predict what Affleck’s standalone film could be about, because it’s unclear when it might actually be released. Much like Marvel, Warner Brothers has already shared a long list of the superhero films it plans to push out, with Batman v Superman due in March 2016 followed shortly afterwards by Suicide Squad.

With Wonderwoman and a Justice League extravaganza both due in 2017, The Flash and Aquaman lined up for 2018, Shazam and Justice League Part 2 due in 2019 and The Green Lantern due for a reboot in 2020, there’s no telling where he might fit in.

Add to that the fact that Affleck’s already due to direct an adaptation of Denis Lehane’s Live By Night in November and you get the impression we’ll be watching the bat channel for any sign of life for quite a while. It’s no wonder he’s been scheduled to make so many DC movie cameos.

Could Batfleck strut his stuff BEFORE joining up with the rest of the ‘good guys’? Does he require a new origin story? Or will everything become incredibly clear after his Mean Girls style battle with Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel and his scheduled fly-by encounter with the Suicide Squad?

For now, the studio is saying absolutely nothing. And why would they when they have a massive Comic-Con panel – featuring Affleck himself – lined up for the weekend?

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