By Matt FlemingI hope you’re happy, people. This is the universe we have accepted. One in which Superman murders, groans, and dies, and now one where the possibility that Ben Affleck will direct himself as Batman only grows by the day.

Tuesday evening at the Warner Bros. panel at CinemaCon, Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara brought us our deserved tidings by all but confirming our worst suspicions: we’ll be getting a standalone Batman movie that will likely exist in the liminal space between The Dark Knight Rises and Argo. With Suicide Squad looking better than ever, and Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Disappointment still doing damage in theaters, WB has decided to double-down on its determination to ruin a generation of comic book movies.

It set up a great foundation for our DC slate, which includes at least 10 movies through 2020,” said Tsuijhara. “I’m also excited to know that we will be working with Ben Affleck on a stand-alone Batman movie.”

Clearly Affleck is finished with his passion project, Live By Night, which depicts a Bostonian who becomes a Florida-based bootlegger in the 1920s, so he’s already excited to return to a slightly less-fictional cinematic version of himself, one which allows him to continue living an existence where he totally gets away with letting people down. Did I mention that Argo won an Academy Award? Yeah, so Academy Award-winner Ben Affleck is happy to forge ahead with the character he’s contractually obligated to ruin for at least another five years, more or less. Maybe it’s time to dust off those old Joel Schumacher Batman DVDs and relish the time when Batman was still kind of a decent dude.

Vastly preferable to the present alternative.

‘Batman: All Hope Is Lost’, or something like that, has not been slated for release

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