The more news that comes out about Ben Affleck‘s future career plans, the more understandable that his marriage is falling apart. Years ago, when he married Jennifer Garner (and over the past decade), the couple have reiterated that, while they had chosen to have a family, they were going to take turns taking care of the children so that they could each devote time to their individual projects.
Here’s the thing – unless I’ve missed something major, Garner has either been pregnant or caring for small children for the last few years while her husband’s career has been progressing by leaps and bounds (yes, that is a cheesy superhero reference). After Argo and Gone Girl, it’s fathomable that Garner assumed that she would have a chance to actually leave the house and go back to work but those plans came to a screeching halt when Affleck accepted the role of Batman in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
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They’ve announced their impending divorce and a huge revelation at Comic-Con 2015 may have been the final nail in the coffin – Ben Affleck has signed on to co-write, direct and star in an upcoming standalone Batman film. This, of course, is before even seeing how audiences react to him in the role (since no one seemed particularly thrilled when he was cast).
Affleck will reportedly work alongside DC’s Geoff Johns to write the upcoming flick for Warner Bros. Johns is also an executive producer for Dawn of Justice. Production is expected to begin as soon as he wraps his adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel about crime in the Prohibition-era, Live By Night.
Deadline is reporting that Affleck and Johns are “well in synch and have more than found their rhythm.” It is expected that they may even have a script within the next few months. No real details have emerged but it makes sense that, after introducing this incarnation of Batman in Dawn of Justice, the standalone will focus on his backstory.
No official release date or announcement has been given by Warner Bros. or DC Comics at this time.