Just as Comic-Con begins, so does a new era for The Dark Knight.

"Batman v Superman" star Ben Affleck is reportedly in talks to cowrite a "Batman" standalone film with DC Comics' chief creative officer Geoff Johns, according to Deadline.

Affleck will also star as Batman and possibly direct, with the latter rumored to be a condition of his deal to don the cowl in "BvS" when he first signed on to that film in 2013.

Deadline also reports that Affleck and Johns, a popular DC Comics scribe, are already at work on a script that the team may finish by end of summer -- before Affleck goes off in November to direct the 2016 crime thriller "Live By Night," based on the novel by Dennis Lehane.

Affleck's second appearance as the Caped Crusader won't start shooting until after "Night" is finished, which means we won't see a solo Batman film until at least 2018 or 2019. Deadline broke the story two days before Affleck and his "BvS" costars arrive for Warner Bros.' epic Hall H presentation at Comic-Con Saturday.

Before becoming DC's CCO, Johns was responsible for writing such popular and successful comics runs as "Green Lantern" and "Justice League." This will mark Johns' first feature writing credit.

"Batman v Superman" hits theaters March 25, 2016.
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