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The actor will be taking the reins for Batman’s first solo outing in Warner Bros. DC cinematic universe.

Ben Affleck will be directing and starring in his own stand-alone Batman movie, Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara confirmed yesterday at CinemaCon. Affleck, who currently stars as the caped crusader in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, has also reportedly written the script for the movie.

Speaking about the recent record-opening of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, which was Affleck’s first Batman outing, Tsujihara said: “It set up a great foundation for our DC slate, which includes at least 10 movies through 2020.”

“I’m also excited to know that we will be working with Ben Affleck on a stand-alone Batman movie.” The Batman movie will be Affleck’s fifth outing as a director. His first was 2007’s Gone Baby Gone, followed by The Town and then 2012’s Argo, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination. He is currently in the middle of directing Live by Night, which is due out next year.

Last month Affleck’s agent Patrick Whitesell told The Hollywood Reporter that Affleck had written his own Batman script. “There’s a script that he’s written that is a really cool [Batman] idea, so that’s out there as an option,” Whitesell said.

Whitesell also confirmed that Affleck has signed up for two Justice League movies. “He’s contracted to do at least Justice League One and Two, so at least three times wearing the cape,” the agent added.

There’s no release date yet for Affleck’s Batman movie, but according to The Hollywood Reporter it could arrive in cinemas for either 5 October, 2018 or 1 November, 2019, as both dates have been set aside by Warner for unspecified comic book movies. The first Justice League film is due out in November 2017.