There is still no official confirmation on whether Ben Affleck will direct the stand-alone Batman film for Warner Bros (WB), but the actor recently stated that he's certainly been "inspired" to take up the task.
During his latest interview with USA Today, Affleck was asked if one of the reasons he signed up to play Batman was to perhaps have a chance to tell his own stories in this superhero universe one day.
"I'll just say going through the process, I would never have imagined that I could or would direct a movie like this [Batman v Superman]," he replied. "And in working with (director Zack Snyder) and seeing what he did and watching him every day, I got really inspired by that and by seeing the scope on which he was telling the story, by seeing what he was able to do with this kind of mythic story on a grand scale."
The "I got really inspired" part definitely seems to suggest that Affleck is on board to helm the next Batman film. After making films like Gone Baby Gone and the Oscar-winning Argo, it'll be interesting to see his take on the popular superhero franchise.
Post Batman v Superman, Affleck will be seen as the caped crusader in Suicide Squad (cameo appearance) and the two Justice League movies. The solo Batman film(s) will reportedly follow soon after — as part of WB's line-up of their DC superhero films.
Meanwhile, not much is known about WB's Batman reboot. Earlier reports indicated that the film is being co-scripted by DC Entertainment chief creative officer Geoff Johns and Affleck and will take a number of cues from the DC comics' A Death In The Family, which featured the death of Jason Todd at the hands of the Joker, and Under The Hood, which told the story of Todd's rebirth as the Red Hood.