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Batman’s greatest strength is that he’s always one step ahead, and it looks like the latest actor to play him has taken that lesson to heart.
In a Hollywood Reporter interview with WME-IMG’s co-CEOs Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell, Whitesell reveals how many movies Affleck has currently signed up for when it comes to DC’s Caped Crusader.
“He’s contracted to do at least Justice League One and Two, so at least three times wearing the cape. There’s a script that he’s written that is a really cool [Batman] idea, so that’s out there as an option.”
Affleck was first linked to a standalone Batman movie as star, director, and co-writer (with Geoff Johns) last summer, and Whitesell’s remarks indicate the project has progressed since then. Affleck recently told Entertainment Weekly the movie is “in development” but said he’s currently focused on finishing his adaptation of the Dennis Lehane thriller Live By Night.
“I tend to be a one-movie-at-a-time guy. So, when I’m finished with this movie, I’ll then focus on my next movie and figure out what that will be.”
In addition to the movies Whitesell mentioned, Affleck’s Batman will also make a cameo appearance in August’s Suicide Squad, which includes a number of the hero’s comic book villains as lead characters (His rumored presence was confirmed in footage from the movie released during Comic-Con last year).
“Batman v Superman” made history globally with $420.1 million, the No. 4 worldwide bow of all time behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens ($529 million), Jurassic World ($524.9 million) and the final Harry Potter film ($483.2 million). The movie benefited mightily from opening day-and-date everywhere, including in China, where it amassed $57.3 million. The full international weekend grosses show BvS capturing a final tally of $254M on 40K screens in 66 markets for its international opening.
The previous biggest superhero opening was The Avengers, with a global bow of $392.5 million (that film didn’t have the advantage of opening everywhere at the same time). In terms of China, Avengers: Age of Ultron still easily holds the crown with a debut of $155.8 million two weeks after the sequel opened in North America. And in North America, BvS easily bested the $152.2 million debut of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire in March 2013 to boast the biggest pre-summer debut in history. Ben Affleck’s Batman also dethroned Christian Bale in The Dark Knight Rises ($160.9 million) and The Dark Knight ($158.4 million) as the biggest Batman and DC comics openings ever.
All told, 40 percent of the $170.1 million came from 3D screens. Imax theaters turned in a hefty $18 million from 388 locations, the biggest Easter weekend in history for Imax. And 475 premium large-format screens are reporting $17 million. Internationally, Imax locations turned in another $18 million for a global opening of $36 million, the third-best opening behind Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Jurassic World.
“Batman v Superman” hit the sweet spot in terms of its audience, drawing a mix of young fans and older moviegoers who had grown up with the comics. The crowd was 62 percent male and 22 percent under 18 years of age, 40 percent under 25 and 60 percent over 25.
As promised, The Affleck Corner gets a revamp. We wanted to put the new layout up while “Batman v Superman” is still playing in theaters so here it is. Our gorgeous header is designed by our friend Nicole. We hope you like the new ‘do as much as we do. Few things are still works in progress, particularly page contents, so please bear with us as we work to get those online and catch up on missing images in the gallery. We would like to thank all of the site visitors for the support since we launched the site. We look forward to bringing you more of Ben in support of his career going forward.
We have added a photoshoot and scans from Entertainment Weekly’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” feature spread. Ben posed with his co-stars, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Holly Hunter, Jesse Eisenberg, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne and director, Zack Snyder.
“Sometimes you can box yourself in [with too many characters],” says director Zack Snyder. “But what’s the upside of that? What’s the positive? How do you make that challenge be the thing that makes it cooler than [any hero] could have been on his own.”