March 16, 2017 05:42 PM


Ben Affleck is enjoying time with his kids — and getting ready for his next big movies.

The morning after announcing on his Facebook page that he had completed rehab for alcohol addiction, Affleck was business as usual as he was spotted taking his kids to school. A source tells PEOPLE that the actor is relishing time with his children Violet, 11, Seraphina, 7, and Sam, 5, now that he’s back home.

“Ben is spending special time with all the kids separately,” the source says. “He seems very happy. The mood in general seems very upbeat. The kids are thrilled that he is back.”

Affleck previously told PEOPLE that he felt it was important to take his children with Jennifer Garner to school and be a constant presence in their lives: “I like taking my kids to school in the morning and dropping them off and having them know their dad is there. That feels good.”

Meanwhile, the actor-director is also gearing up to jump back into work, with a slew of movie projects that’ll find him on both sides of the camera.

Affleck is signed on to star as Bruce Wayne in The Batman — his first stand-alone film in DC’s rapidly expanding superhero cinematic universe. He was also originally attached as the film’s director but announced in January that he had decided to step down from that and instead focus on his performance.

“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions. Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give,” the actor said in a statement. “It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film.”

The Batman will be the fourth time Affleck dons the famous superhero cowl, having appeared in Batman v Superman: Dawn of the Justice and Suicide Squad. The actor also plays the superhero in Justice League, out in the fall.

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And although he’s no longer directing his solo turn as Batman, Affleck will serve as a producer on several projects — some of them alongside longtime friend Matt Damon, including the Agatha Christie adaptation Witness for the Prosecution.

Affleck will also be re-teaming with writer Aaron Stockard on the period drama City on the Hill. (Damon is a producer as well.) An adaptation of Nathaniel Philbrick’s book Bunker Hill: A City, A Siege, A Revolution, it chronicles Boston in the early years of the American Revolution and the bloody battle at Bunker Hill, where hundreds of soldiers were killed.

Stockard and Affleck previously worked together on Gone Baby Gone and The Town. Affleck and Damon will produce the movie with their production company, Pearl Street Films.

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