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While it hasn’t been smooth sailing in the early days of the DC Extended Universe, fans can always look forward to Ben Affleck’s Batman movie, which may be the guiding light through the ups and downs that come with trying to build a cinematic universe.

At CinemaCon a few weeks back, Warner Bros. finally officially announced Affleck’s Batman movie is in development, with the star reprising his role as the Dark Knight as well as taking the director’s chair. In addition, he would be collaborating with DC’s creative impresario Geoff Johns on a script. However, many worried that the various executives working behind the scenes at WB may impinge on the creative productivity between Affleck and Johns.

But alas, you need not be worried.

According to a new rumor on Heroic HollywoodAffleck and Johns have “complete creative control” on the Batman solo film. Essentially, this means they are free to make every decision and call on the production without the worry of executive-level intervention.

Why is this such great news? Well, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was a lot of things and one of those things was a case of ‘too many cooks to spoil the broth.’ Yes, along with Zack Snyder, the writer Chris Terrio and the producer David S. Goyer, there were several other niggling presences that allowed for a heavily convoluted, incomprehensible film.

However, with no such worry for Affleck and Johns, the pair are enabled to develop the character and give us another excellent cinematic representation of the Caped Crusader. Affleck’s debut as Batman in Dawn of Justice was hailed as the finest part of the film and the thought that he is the one calling the shots on a solo film is hugely relieving. Working in tandem with Johns, who has an unrivalled knowledge of the DC Comics source material (part of the reason why he is their Chief Creative Officer), the two can simply do great things together.

Affleck, as a director, has been noted for his realistic and striking dramas. He is responsible for a trio of excellent films in Gone Baby Gone, The Town and Argo and implementing his clear fascination for the law and the complexities of crime will work well within the seedy underbelly of Gotham.

The Batman film is in development now, but does not yet have an officially-announced release window, though 2018 is likely. Justice League Part 1 is filming now. Let us know what you think about the latest news regarding Ben Affleck’s Batman movie!

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