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Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns’ Batman movie: What to expect (Discussion)

ben affleck geoff johns batman movie what to expect

According to Deadline Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns will be teaming up to co-write Batman’s next solo movie, with Affleck directing as well. Now this is what you call a great combination! So let’s discuss the news of Batman’s next solo adventure!

Although it wasn’t officially announced with WB’s DCEU upcoming slate of movies through to 2020, we all knew we were getting a Batman standalone movie. And with Ben Affleck starring as Bats, it only made sense that he would direct the movie as well. Affleck has proven himself with Gone Baby Gone, The Town and Argo. And after his comments about Batman v Superman, suggesting part of the appeal of the movie was learning how to direct a film like that, we all knew he would inevitably direct the Batman movie as well.

What’s really the news is who’s writing it. Affleck will co-write the script with Geoff Johns! Yes good old Geoff Johns, a comic book legend who has done some live-action writing with a bunch of episodes of Smallville, Arrow and The Flash. Basically think of your favourite episodes from those shows, and there is a good chance that Johns wrote it. 

Geoff Johns is most well-known for his work on Green Lantern, The Flash, Superman and Justice League, although he has also written the else-worlds story Batman: Earth One.

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So we’re going to be getting a great director with Affleck working alongside a guy who really understands comic book characters and their world with Johns. As per the Deadline article, the pair are apparently already in “sync” with one and other, and are expected to finish the script in a few months.

I’m expecting a 2018 release date for this movie, considering WB will prioritise it, and Affleck’s schedule is busy so right now he can only film the movie after his next movie Live By Night.

But now thinking about this duo, what can we expect from the next solo Batman movie? If Geoff Johns is writing the script, don’t expect the grounded world and the grounded Batman we got from the Nolan movies. And after we see Batman battling an alien in Batman v Superman, it’s clear this will be the most comic book like Batman we’ve gotten so far.

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What I noticed about that way Johns writes Batman, is that he likes to show the heart in Batman. Not saying that it’s all butterflies and rainbows when Johns writes Batman, but you really get a sense of the man behind the mask, which I like.

Although in saying that, Affleck’s Batman is very Frank Miller inspired, so we’re going to also be seeing a very intense Batman. It will be an interesting dichotomy between the monster Batman wants others to perceive him as, verse the fragile man he really is, something that the duo should flesh out nicely.

Deadline states that the plot will focus on the Batman that emerges after the events of Batman v Superman and Justice League. So those rumours of Batman prequel movies, set in the earlier days of his career should be put to rest.

I always thought that Batman v Superman will go down like this: in the beginning of the film, Batman will be super aggressive and angry, and basically hate everything and everyone. He confronts Superman but then after they have their little fight, realises something important. That maybe this Superman guy ain’t so bad. The idealistic, hopeful, and well lighter Superman (compared to him anyways) will maybe make Batman a little less grumpy old man, and more of the hero he used to be in his prime. I’m sure his interactions with Diana will also help Bruce become less bitter as well.

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Then after what ever else goes down in Justice League, we will finally see the Batman that we all know and love from the comics now. A man who hasn’t fully become the monster he seeks yet, but struggles to keep himself from going too deep into the darkness. Cut to the Batman solo movie, and we see the balance between Bruce and the Batman persona.

Hopefully with Johns on board we will get some of the best stories from the Batman comics adapted to the big screen. People have been pushing for something like Under the Hood, Court of Owls, Killing Joke etc.

Also with Johns on board, hopefully he’ll put in some Batman villains that aren’t the Joker. In Geoff Johns’ Batman: Earth One books we saw Penguin, Two-Face, Riddler and Killer Croc.

Overall Affleck and Johns teaming up seems pretty good to me. Finally we’re going to be seeing a really comic book like Batman, with amazing gadgets and being a detective, fighting really weird and complex villains. I’m sure we will find out some more details about the Batman stand-alone movie, and other upcoming DCEU movies at SDCC over the next couple of days!

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  1. Great news! Affleck is a great director and Johns knows the comic book world. This could become the best Batman movie ever made. I hope they will use different villains from the previous movies, I would like to see Hugo Strange and Clayface. I wonder if they’ll tell us the release date during the Comic-Con panel.


    • I know it’s a great team!! Huge Strange would actually be really cool, the things they could do with his character. Hopefully we find out more details soon


  2. I haven’t seen Ben Affleck in a movie for a long time, so I’m not really sure how I feel about him portraying Batman (I’ll have to see him in the role first). That said, the writing team sounds great.


      • I’m sure there are parts of Argo that are good, otherwise it wouldn’t have won the Best Picture oscar, but it’s full of historical inaccuracies, some of which are actually quite offensive. For example, the movie is quite insulting to Iranians. As a Canadian though, the part that offends me is that the movie pretty much removes all of Canada’s involvement in the operation.

        Jimmy Carter even admitted in this exact quote “90% of the contributions to the ideas and the consummation of the plan was Canadian [while] the movie gives almost full credit to the American CIA…Ben Affleck’s character in the film was only in Tehran a day and a half and the real hero in my opinion was Ken Taylor, who was the Canadian ambassador who orchestrated the entire process.”

        I haven’t seen The Town, but when I looked it up, it looked good. I’ll put it on my “to watch” list.


  3. Geoff Johns is my favorite comic book writer, but when it comes to Batman he’s kinda iffy. Mainstream Batman is fine when Johns has him with the JL or interacting with GL, but in Earth One he’s kind of an idiot, always rushing in and being all angsty, not to mention feeling he doesn’t need body armor by saying “you know what it says about a guy who wears body armor? it says he needs body armor”. Um, if you’re going up against guns, knives, and other things that’ll penetrate you, then you’re gonna need body armor, especially in Gotham City, regardless of which universe.


    • I guess because it’s an Earth One tale he can take a different approach to it. I think that with Affleck co-writing we’ll get a more mainstream Batman, not so much Earth One Batman.


  4. I’m a bit late to the party…haha. Under the Red Hood would be my absolute favourite storyline for the solo Batman movie, but next up…hmm. The Long Halloween or Hush, in my opinion. More likely to be Hush since The Dark Knight had strong elements of The Long Halloween.


    • Yeah they would all be great story arcs to follow. I’m with you and hope they go with Under the Red Hood, and they do seem like they’ll be setting it up in BvS and SS which is awesome!


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