Warner Bros. is keeping Ben Affleck in Gotham City.
Rumor has it the studio witnessed an early screening of Zack Snyder’s Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which ended with a standing ovation and one executive calling Affleck the “definitive Batman.” Again, it’s only a rumor.
However, that news would seem to jive with an official report by Variety, which has Warner Bros. pushing back Affleck’s DC-less films, specifically Gavin O’Connor’s The Accountant and Affleck’s Argo directorial follow-up, Live by Night.
As such, The Accountant will now hit theaters 10 months past its January 29th, 2016 date, on October 7th, 2016, which was originally when Live by Night would premiere. That film, however, now sits amiably somewhere unknown in 2017.
The idea presumably would be that Affleck could then devote his time to DC’s Cinematic Universe, namely his own Batman films that he would write, direct, and star in himself. In other words, The Dark Knight would be the real star of the DCU.
One thing’s definite: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice starts fighting March 25th, 2016. Revisit the trailer below.