Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns to write new Batman movie

New standalone Batman movie will be written by Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns

Ben Affleck will co-write the standalone Batman movie alongside Geoff Johns

In among all the furoe of San Diego Comic-Con, we have some big news that DC are moving ahead with a solo Batman outing, with Ben Affleck and DC Comics’ chief creative officer (and writer of some of its most popular characters) Geoff Johns on board to write it, according to Deadline.

An exact release date hasn’t been confirmed yet, but it’s likely that it’ll be released in 2019, post-Batman V Superman and the two Justice League movies. With Affleck determined to press ahead with his passion project adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel Live By Night, the writing process on the new Batman film has been kicked into fourth gear.

Details are pretty thin on the ground at the moment, but considering the setting, it looks like this iteration will dispense with the traditional origin story, instead positing Batman in a world where he has to deal with the knowledge and presence of superpowered beings.

Considering that, relatively speaking, all the other Batman movies have been pretty grounded affairs, this is a new incarnation of the Dark Knight that we’re very interested in seeing.

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