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Ben Affleck says solo Batman movie is "in development" - will he direct?

Everything we've seen from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (opens in new tab) so far has us really excited about Ben Affleck's new take on the Dark Knight. We'll also be getting a Batman cameo in Suicide Squad (opens in new tab) later this year, but while there have been plenty of rumours concerning a solo Batman movie - and whether or not Affleck will direct - the actor/director has been hesitant to publicly confirm anything.

"There’s definitely willingness and a will and a desire to make a [solo] Batman movie on the part of Warner Brothers", Affleck admitted to Entertainment Weekly (opens in new tab). "It’s in development, and right now I’m really focused on finishing Live By Night. That’s where my focus is, and I tend to be a one movie at a time guy. So, when I’m finished with this movie, I’ll then focus on my next movie and figure out what that will be."

Getting Affleck on board to direct would be a great get for Warner Bros, and the fact that the movie is already in development indicates that the studio is really happy with his performance in Batman v Superman. Live By Night isn't released in cinemas until 2017 though, so we may be waiting a while for an official green light.

Directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Diane Lane, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Laurence Fishburne, and Amy Adams, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will arrive in UK and US cinemas on March 25, 2016.

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Amon is a contributing editor and columnist for Empire magazine, but is also a Film and TV writer for GamesRadar+, Total Film, and others. He has also written for NME, Composer Mag, and more, along with being a film critic for TalkSport. He is also the co-host of the Fade to Black Podcast, and a video mashup creator. Can also do a pretty good Bane impersonation.