Newswire: Ben Affleck will direct the standalone Batman movie we all knew was coming

Amidst all the Cyborgs and Shazams and Aquamans currently littering Warner Bros.’ slate of upcoming DC Comics films, the absence of a standalone Batman movie has been something of a surprising omission. Sure, the studio essentially ceded its Man Of Steel franchise to Ben Affleck’s take on the character, to the point where Batman has top billing in the upcoming sequel to Zack Snyder’s 2013 film. But the success of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight films suggests that there’s still a lucrative market for seeing the crusading orphan crimefighter all on his lonesome, sans dawning justices or Supermen or capital-Vs-with-periods-on-the-end. And now, just in time for Comic-Con, Deadline has confirmed that a standalone Batman movie is currently in the works, with Affleck set to direct and star in the movie, as well as co-write it with DC Comics’ Geoff Johns.

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