Twitter reacts to Ben Affleck directing a new Batman movie

Is Affleck the hero Batman fans need right now?

Though it has been announced numerous times before — including as recently as two weeks ago — the Internet once again is freaking out because Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara confirmed Tuesday at CinemaCon that Ben Affleck is really, definitely, absolutely going to write and direct a standalone Batman movie.

“[Batman v Superman] set up a great foundation for our DC slate, which includes at least 10 movies through 2020,” Tsuijhara told an audience at CinemaCon, per the Hollywood Reporter. “I’m also excited to know that we will be working with Ben Affleck on a stand-alone Batman movie.”

Though Batman v Superman has grossed almost $800 million worldwide to date, the film’s 28 percent rating from critics on Rotten Tomatoes suggests why executives have been eager to frequently mention Affleck’s solo Batman, offering fans and critics a future for the Caped Crusader beyond BvS director Zack Snyder.

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And fans and critics had plenty to say when Tsujihara’s comments hit the Twittersphere Tuesday night.

Some people were just plain excited.

Others expressed relief that someone other than Snyder would be directing.

 

Many hoped that the solo Batman project would involve characters from the upcoming Suicide Squad movie.

And one entertainment writer posed an interesting question: Is Affleck the writer/director better than Affleck the actor?

Though executives didn’t announce when Affleck’s solo Batman will be released, speculation is that the film will occupy one of two release dates recently reserved by Warner Bros. for unannounced DC Extended Universe films, on either Oct. 5, 2018, and Nov. 1, 2019.

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