Ben Affleck to Team With DC Comics’ Geoff Johns on Standalone ‘Batman’ Film

By July 9, 2015

Ahead of Warner Bros. planned presentation in Hall H at Comic-Con comes a potentially monumental news item concerning the future of the DC Comics-based cinematic universe, revolving around the Dark Knight himself.

According to sources at Deadline, Ben Affleck is teaming with DC Comics Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns on a screenplay for a new, solo Batman film that Affleck will both direct and star in. With Affleck turning his focus to directing an adaptation of the novel Live By Night by author Dennis LaHane, Affleck will then turn his attention to his solo reprisal of the DC Comics icon, with the sources saying that Affleck and Johns are very much “in-synch” and may turn in a script for the project as soon as the end of the summer, right before Affleck goes on to direct his next film.

Geoff Johns, who got his start in the entertainment industry as an intern for Richard Donner, debuted at DC Comics in 1999, and has gone on to become one of the company’s most prolific and acclaimed writers. Johns has written memorable, lasting stories with such characters as the Flash and Superman, along with a franchise-defining run on Green Lantern from 2004-2013, and created some of the company’s most well-received stories with characters like Aquaman and the Justice League after the 2011 “New 52″ relaunch. Johns has also written several episodes for “Smallville,” and became Chief Creative Officer when DC Entertainment was established in 2010. Johns most recently collaborated on the story for the Rocksteady Studios video game Batman: Arkham Knight, and released the original graphic novel Batman: Earth One Vol. 2 with artist Gary Frank earlier this year.

The solo Batman film would be representative of the character after the events of this March’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, as well as the 2-part Justice League film directed by Zack Snyder. We’ll have to wait and see if this information is a part of WB’s Hall H panel later this week, and whether or not they will reveal any other DC Comics-related movie news at the event. For more on this as it develops, keep it locked on GeekNation!

Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation,, The Huffington Post, and He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.