Ben Affleck Batman announcement
- Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) July 23, 2016
After months of speculation, Warner Bros. has confirmed that Ben Affleck will both star in and direct the next standalone Batman movie.
The studio did not make a splashy announcement about the news at its Comic-Con presentation on Saturday. Instead, panel moderator Conan O'Brien simply introduced the actor as "the director of 'Batman,' Ben Affleck" before he walked on stage.
Earlier this year, Warner Bros. teased the idea that Affleck might be directing the next film about the superhero, with studio head Kevin Tsujihara referring to him as one of the filmmakers in the DC Comics universe.
The actor, of course, starred as as Batman in March's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," which was directed by Zack Snyder. Affleck made his directorial debut on 2007's "Gone Baby Gone" and several years later, he helmed "Argo," which went on to win Best Picture at the Oscars.
Amy Kaufman is a reporter for the the Los Angeles Times