Affleck to direct Batman movie

Ben Affleck.
Ben Affleck.

LAS VEGAS • Ben Affleck is returning in a new Batman movie - as a director.

Warner Bros chairman and chief executive Kevin Tsujihara confirmed Affleck's involvement in the standalone movie at CinemaCon, the annual gathering of cinema operators in Las Vegas, on Tuesday, Variety reported.

Affleck, 43, made his debut as the Caped Crusader in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, which opened last month.

As he took the stage, Mr Tsujihara referred to the record opening of Batman V Superman. "It set up a great foundation for our DC slate, which includes at least 10 movies through 2020," he said. "I'm also excited to know that we will be working with Ben Affleck on a standalone Batman movie."

Affleck also appeared, along with his Batman V Superman co-star Amy Adams. Warner Bros had banked on Batman V Superman to serve as a launch pad for 11 more DC films and help win over fans who have flocked to Walt Disney's Marvel films, reported Bloomberg.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on April 14, 2016, with the headline 'Affleck to direct Batman movie'. Subscribe