Warner Bros and Affleck have had a longstanding relationship. This past fall alone, Affleck made a cameo as Batman/Bruce Wayne in Suicide Squad, starred in The Accountant, and wrote, directed and starred in the period drama Live by Night.
While speaking to the associated press in December, Affleck said he was taking his time with the script for Batman, which he called an “exhilarating” challenge, “like jumping out of an aeroplane.”
Warner Bros. has had a rocky start kicking off its expanded universe of DC Comics films, in which Both Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad were savaged by critics, but they still managed to be decently profitable.
It has been further reported that Affleck will appear next as Batman in Justice League, which comes out on November 17. The Batman standalone doesn’t yet have an official title or release date, but it was tentatively pegged for 2018.
“I am still in this, and we are making it,” Affleck’s statement continued. “I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world.”