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Ben Affleck’s Batman movie is, for our money, easily the most exciting upcoming superhero film. Although it probably won’t drop until 2019, we’re already pumped to see how Affleck further develops the iconic character after an impressive debut in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. 

The nerd forums have been abuzz with what classic comic book stories Affleck could adapt for his solo Batman movie. It’s all Court of Owls this, Long Halloween that. But hey, Affleck won’t listen to your obvious adaptation suggestions. Nah, he’s going original for this. Well, mostly.

Along with DC impresario Geoff Johns, Affleck is embarking on crafting an original Batman story. Here’s what he has to say for himself, via Cosmic Book News:

“I think what I would do, what I probably would do, is in some ways what Zack did with this movie, which is to borrow certain things from the great comic books, but create an original story around it because I wouldn’t want the fans to already know the story and be familiar, but I would borrow, steal, great things that have been done before in the comics.”

Ben Affleck humiliated

Disappointed? Perhaps, but don’t forget it’s set to feature a whole host of famous villainous faces from the Dark Knight’s rogues gallery and won’t be bogged down by the crippling storytelling limitations of Zack Snyder. Affleck is obviously determined to ensure his Batman film is free from both comparisons to Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy and some of the most famous Batman comics. We’re down with that. Affleck is a great filmmaker – let him implement his directorial prowess on the film and show Snyder how it’s done.

Meanwhile, Affleck got the seal of approval from Frank Miller, whose seminal graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns was the spiritual foundation for Affleck’s Batman.

Sayeth Miller: “I liked it. He’s a good actor. I mean, he’s obviously very, very close to this material and plays it with great affection.” Some people have reported this as ‘high praise.’ It’s not, it’s just Miller being Miller. He said he liked it (he was hardly gushing about it).

Oh hey, we also had our own original story for Affleck to consider. We emailed him a couple of times but, alas, no reply. Ah well, maybe we’ll secure $200 million from Warner Bros. and make it ourselves. It could happen. Read about it below:

This is the definitive story that needs to be told in Ben Affleck’s solo Batman film