Posted 2017/01/07 987 0
Ben Affleck Says Batman is Still Not a Sure Thing
Though he told Variety just two weeks ago that “everything is coming together” for the production of “The Batman,” a standalone film that he would direct and star in, in his latest interview didn’t sound so optimistic.
While it certainly wasn't a critical hit, Warner Bros.' Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice not only started the studio's DC Extended Universe (DCEU), but introduced Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Even months before Batman v Superman was released, there was talk that the studio was so pleased with Ben Affleck's performance that they had brought him on to star in, direct and co-write the script for a movie that has come to be known as The Batman.
The Guardian caught up with Ben Affleck, who is promoting his new acting and directing effort, Warner Bros.' Live By Night, which is currently in theaters in limited release. Last month the actor/director revealed that he's finishing up the script and the project is on track to start filming this spring. However, in this new interview, he makes it seems that the project isn't actually set in stone at all, and it may not actually come together. Here's what the filmmaker had to say below.
"That's the idea. But it's not a set thing and there's no script. If it doesn't come together in a way I think is really great I'm not going to do it."
It’s not the first time Affleck has seemed hesitant about making the DC Comics film, which is set to star Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke and is projected to open in 2018. He’s said repeatedly he doesn’t want to force it. Also in December, he told Entertainment Weekly, “I’m not going to write and direct anything that I don’t think is good enough to be made. I’m definitely going to make sure I have something that is special, there’s not enough money in the world to make a mediocre version of Batman worth it.”
Honestly, it just sounds like Ben Affleck isn’t going to be beholden to a timetable for delivering The Batman just because the studio has a release date in mind. LRM Online noticed another quote from Entertainment Weekly that lets us know where Affleck’s head is at:
“I’ve spent more time on Live By Night than I did on my two DC movies combined, and that feels really good. I have nothing against superhero movies, but I’m nostalgic for the kind of movie that Live By Night plays homage to, when that was what constituted a big Hollywood movie. That was why I wanted to spend my time there when I wasn’t wearing a cape.”
Starring Affleck and Elle Fanning, the period gangster film “Live By Night” opened in limited release on Christmas Day and so far hasn’t made much of an impression. It will have another shot at drawing interest when it opens wide on Jan. 13.