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Ben Affleck is currently starring in a non-superhero movie at multiplexes, the action/ thriller The Accountant, and then he will bring his latest directorial effort Live By Night to screens in the new year. While he is Oscar-tipped for that period crime movie, thoughts are already turning to a film that he will bring to screens in 2018, The Batman.

Affleck’s Batman movie is the first stand-alone movie to feature the Caped Crusader since Christopher Nolan delivered The Dark Knight Rises back in 2013, and expectation is high. The character has risen to even greater popularity of late, in the Nolan movies and then Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice earlier this year. He has also been the inspiration for many video games, including the most recent Batman: Arkham Knight, and even online casino platforms have released games based on him, such as the online Batman slots game “Batman & The Joker Jewels”, a very entertaining Batman game featuring the main characters of this franchise.

Affleck, who will write, direct and star in The Batman for DC and Warner Bros., spoke with with IGN (via Cinema Blend) in a recent interview and updated them, and us, on the status of his superhero movie.

“Last night I spent (time) working on the script,” Affleck said. “I’m in full-on ‘trying to get it right mode’. It’s not the kind of movie that you can fail quietly at. You have to really be sure that I have something that I feel really confident about before we go forward.”

Affleck hasn’t really put a foot wrong in terms of his directing career as yet, and even won an Academy Award for his work on Argo a couple of years back. His Batman movie will follow 2017’s Justice League and will see the big-screen appearance of the villain Deathstroke, which will be played by Magic Mike star Joe Manganiello. Jeremy Irons and J.K. Simmons are also expected to reprise Alfred Pennyworth and Commissioner James Gordon, respectively.

There isn’t an official release date for The Batman as yet, but we’re expecting this one to be slotted in on October 6, 2018, a date which Warner Brothers has allotted to an untitled DC superhero movie. Before that we’ll get the stand-alone Wonder Woman movie next summer, and then the aforementioned Justice League next November.

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