If you'd asked me to guess what news would break at this year's Comic-Con, "Ben Affleck set to direct stand-alone Batman film" would have been in the top three, right behind "Bryan Singer announces X-Men/Fantastic Four crossover movie for 2018."
Deadline was first to report that Affleck is working with Geoff Johns to co-write a Batman film that will pick up where "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" ends. This is not a huge surprise. From the moment he signed to play the character, there has been conversation at the studio about Affleck directing a solo film. What's new here is that the script is coming together quickly, and it looks like Affleck will head directly into this film when he finishes directing his next Dennis Lehane adaptation, "Live By Night."