What a bittersweet week it’s been for poor old Ben Affleck.
After seeing Batman V Superman decimate the box office - clocking up $400m worldwide and counting - the film came in for something of a royal panning from critics, capped off with - of course - that Sad Affleck meme.
Well now the Boston Bruce Wayne may be about to answer his critics in the best way possible: with a solo Batman movie he’s written himself.
Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Patrick Whitesell of talent agency William Morris said: "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.”
An option it may be, but considering Affleck was seen as one of the few positives from a film in which Zack Snyder was given the unenviable task of shoehorning in a raft of Justice League characters, a standalone film could just be the best way for Affleck's Caped Crusader to finally step out of the shadows of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, bringing fans the gruffer, more cynical superhero of the Frank Miller comics.
And then of course, there’s the little matter of Robin.
As eagle-eyed viewers will have spotted during Batman V Superman as Wayne skulks around his futuristic mansion, there's a quick flash of the suit of (dead) Robin, tagged with ‘HAHA joke’s on you, Batman’, suggesting that Affleck's "really cool" script could well include a fatal showdown with Jared Leto’s green-haired Joker.
It’s not the first time the Hollywood star has written a film of course. Having penned adapted screenplays for Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and co-written a little known nineties Oscar winner called Good Will Hunting with his good buddy Matt Damon, Affleck's track record speaks for itself.
In a husky voice, obviously.