Following months of online speculation and scuttlebutt, it appears that Warner Bros and DC Entertainment are ready to move ahead to the next stage. According to Deadline, Ben Affleck (Gone Girl) is co-writing a standalone Batman film with DC Comics' chief creative officer Geoff Johns (The Flash) for the current Caped Crusader to direct.
Reportedly, Affleck and Johns – who has written some of the company's fan favourite comic book series and works on the various TV incarnations of its characters – clicked in terms of creative outlook and have already started work on a script. The timing is necessary because Affleck is headed off to shoot his next directorial outing, the Dennis Lehane adaptation Live By Night, in November. He will then be back on superhero duty for the Justice League films before he gets to work on a movie that takes a look at how Batman has been affected by his interaction with the League's members.
There was no mention of a solo Batman film at Warners Bros' big schedule announcement last October, but there is a likely slot in 2019.