– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Over the weekend, word got out that Warner Bros is ga-ga over Ben Affleck’s turn as The Dark Knight in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. There was a private screening held for the film- a screening which drew a standing ovation, and a ton of excitement specifically aimed atAffleck’s work as the Caped Crusader. The buzz coming out of the screening is that WB/DC are so high on this new take on the iconic character- who Affleck recently referred to as American literature’s Hamlet- that they want to make him the cornerstone of the entire DC Cinematic Universe.

This comes at a time when some have questioned the studio’s plans for the future, with numerous reports of things being somewhat loose and “up in the air” regarding how they intend to handle their slate of films. Now that they’re so confident that Affleck’s Batman is “the definitive Batman,” they can comfortably anchor the universe to him. Batman will be “the face” of the overall DC Cinematic world, much like Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man has the poster child for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

This isn’t an altogether surprising turn of events, since The Dark Knight has been the Bat That Lays The Golden Eggs for Warner Bros for the last 10 years, but there was some doubt regarding who would be Top Dog in the DCCU. After all, DC’s stab at creating an expanded universe was with Snyder’s Man of Steel– which centered on that other caped icon from DC, Superman. But now it’s looking like Henry Cavill’s Supes will be to Affleck’s Bats what Cap is to Iron Man in the Marvel films. 

The news of this love fest surrounding Batman v Superman and Affleck comes from a source for Den of Geek. According to their source, Warner Bros is now trying to broker what it considers a “Golden Deal” that would lock Affleck up as Batman for an entire trilogy of solo films. We already know that he’s directing and starring in at least one, due out in 2018, but they want to do what they can to make him stick around as long as possible. 

Affleck better get used to wearing this, and being super rich.

Affleck better get used to wearing this, and being super rich.

Perhaps coincidentally (though…perhaps not) Affleck’s schedule has already been shifted. His next two films, The Accountant and Live By Night, have both been pushed back. 

For now, outside of the news regarding Affleck’s schedule, everything else is unconfirmed but not too hard to imagine. If what Den of Geek’s sources say is true, we can look forward to plenty more trips to Gotham over the next few years.

SOURCE: Den of Geek

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.