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Ben Affleck confirms Batman directing duties; says they're "working on it"

01.10.2017

Of all the movies in the DCEU, Ben Affleck’s solo Batman movie has been met with the most scrutiny as of late. There have been quotes from Affleck that seem like he’s not so sure about his directorial duties, while other news has dropped around its release. It seems like this is the movie that fans are most curious about, especially regarding if Affleck does direct. Though there will always be a lot of mysteries surrounding the movie, Affleck recently confirmed full stop that one thing is an absolute.

Affleck went on Jimmy Kimmel last night to promote his new movie, LIVE BY NIGHT, and during the interview Kimmel brought out the most recent image from JUSTICE LEAGUE, all before flat out asking him if he was going to direct the next Batman movie (watch the video clip below, too):

I'm going to direct the next Batman, we're working on it…[inaudible]. It's one of those things that's really frustrating, because like, with Live By Night it took me a year and a half to write it and get it ready and I worked really hard and-it's just nobody gave a shit. No one was like, 'Where's Live By Night!?' But with Batman, I keep on getting, 'Where's the f@cking Batman?!" and I'm like, 'Bro, I'm workin', give me a second!’

Within the last day some folks have lost their marbles over a rumor that's been swirling that the release date for the movie have been pushed back even further, but those rumors have so far not been proven. As far as his directing duties go, I’d say this puts any rumors or curiosities to bed. He will be directing the movie, and you heard it from the horse’s mouth. As for writing the script it seems like that’s probably coming along, but obviously Affleck didn’t speak much to that. But the words “we’re working on it” are important in that it reminds people they’re still working on it, so give the man some f@cking room to work.

Affleck recently sat down with IGN where he said “there’s great stuff in it now” and that it needs to get “better and better.” But, as the star noted, this has been a busy year for him already. He had to do press for BVS, go into shooting JUSTICE LEAGUE, went to do press for THE ACCOUNTANT, then press for LIVE BY NIGHT. So, of course, writing a whole Batman movie in there would mean Affleck is not Batman, but clearly a real-life Superman with added demonic powers.

As of right the now the most concrete news is that Ben Affleck’s Batman movie is being directed by Ben Affleck, they’re working on the script, and that it could probably come out in 2019. Until anyone who’s involved comes out and says anything otherwise, that’s the news. But for fans the big issue seems to be "when", "when" and "when". However, the thing fans should be pumped for is that it’s coming, and Ben and his team are doing everything they can to get it right. Hell, if that takes till 2020 or beyond so be it. As long as we have a great Batman movie, who cares how long it takes? We forget this is the man who won an Oscar for co-writing GOOD WILL HUNTING, and directed GONE BABY GONE, THE TOWN and the Oscar-winning ARGO. Clearly he has a magic/voodoo we should give him room to work.

Ben Affleck will direct the solo Batman movie and it's set for whenever the hell it's ready.

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8:22AM on 01/11/2017
Can't wait, but willing to wait for a quality Batman.
Can't wait, but willing to wait for a quality Batman.
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5:17AM on 01/11/2017

2 perspectives?

"We forget this is the man who won an Oscar for co-writing GOOD WILL HUNTING, and directed GONE BABY GONE, THE TOWN and the Oscar-winning ARGO"

No we remember Paycheck, Gigli, Surviving Christmas. I mean even most his recent movies, Runner Runner, The Accountant, BVS were bad, and I know I'm in the minority but Gone Baby Gone is the only great movie he has directed IMO... and to the schmoe below who said his Oscar speech was humble... 1 man accepting a best picture win when that same person
"We forget this is the man who won an Oscar for co-writing GOOD WILL HUNTING, and directed GONE BABY GONE, THE TOWN and the Oscar-winning ARGO"

No we remember Paycheck, Gigli, Surviving Christmas. I mean even most his recent movies, Runner Runner, The Accountant, BVS were bad, and I know I'm in the minority but Gone Baby Gone is the only great movie he has directed IMO... and to the schmoe below who said his Oscar speech was humble... 1 man accepting a best picture win when that same person directed and acted in the film and wasn't nominated in either category... isn't very humble. I think it's funny how everyone shits on the Oscars except when they want to defend someone or something they like. Who's talking about Spotlight a year later?

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4:11PM on 01/10/2017

Fingers Crossed

Hoping we get the FIRST HALFWAY DECENT DC MOVIE since Nolans Batmans. But just hate the universe they have already created, and knowing this coming Batman movie has to take place in that world already makes me a skeptic.
Hoping we get the FIRST HALFWAY DECENT DC MOVIE since Nolans Batmans. But just hate the universe they have already created, and knowing this coming Batman movie has to take place in that world already makes me a skeptic.
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1:43PM on 01/10/2017
If only he could act
If only he could act
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1:35PM on 01/10/2017
I still can't stand Affleck as an actor or director. Although the trailers for his new movie interested me, all his other films have been horrible in my opinion. Dude takes himself way too seriously, and his ego is out of control. One of the worst Batmans so far as far as I'm concerned. I just don't get all the love being thrown his way.
I still can't stand Affleck as an actor or director. Although the trailers for his new movie interested me, all his other films have been horrible in my opinion. Dude takes himself way too seriously, and his ego is out of control. One of the worst Batmans so far as far as I'm concerned. I just don't get all the love being thrown his way.
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1:54PM on 01/10/2017
George Clooney and Val Kilmer are worse. Batfleck was a better Batman than Bale, but Bale's Bruce was better.
George Clooney and Val Kilmer are worse. Batfleck was a better Batman than Bale, but Bale's Bruce was better.
1:58PM on 01/10/2017
You're a troll.
You're a troll.
4:52PM on 01/10/2017
Nope, Jack Death, not a troll. Just someone with an opinion like everyone else. You don't have to like my opinion, just as I don't yours. I don't care for Ben Affleck as an actor or director. Simple as that.

GodMagnus, I have to disagree with Clooney and Kilmer being worse. I think, for the style of movie Shumacher decided to go with, they fit perfectly. I actually liked Clooney's smart-ass Batman, because the movie was so over-the-top...even though the film was garbage! I never liked
Nope, Jack Death, not a troll. Just someone with an opinion like everyone else. You don't have to like my opinion, just as I don't yours. I don't care for Ben Affleck as an actor or director. Simple as that.

GodMagnus, I have to disagree with Clooney and Kilmer being worse. I think, for the style of movie Shumacher decided to go with, they fit perfectly. I actually liked Clooney's smart-ass Batman, because the movie was so over-the-top...even though the film was garbage! I never liked Bale's Batman, so I may actually agree with you on that one!
10:08PM on 01/10/2017
You should watch his speech when he won the Academy Award for Best Director. You was very humble about it and seemed genuinely surprised he won. I like him as Batman. Kilmer and Clooney got screwed because they are both great actors but the vision and direction if their movies and the garbage they had to work with made them awful as Batman. Adam West though... What's not to love. Keaten was a great Batman but bad Bruce Wayne in my opinion.
You should watch his speech when he won the Academy Award for Best Director. You was very humble about it and seemed genuinely surprised he won. I like him as Batman. Kilmer and Clooney got screwed because they are both great actors but the vision and direction if their movies and the garbage they had to work with made them awful as Batman. Adam West though... What's not to love. Keaten was a great Batman but bad Bruce Wayne in my opinion.
11:00AM on 01/10/2017
This is getting annoying, seriously, let the dude make the movie he wants. Getting pressure from fans and maybe even the studio is only going to make him less interested in doing it because it zaps the fun out of it. To be honest having Deathstroke in it has me feeling meh anyway. I was really hoping they'd essentially do a live action Death in the Family, maybe even set in the late 80's since Affleck's Batman has been around a while but it doesn't look like we're getting that.
This is getting annoying, seriously, let the dude make the movie he wants. Getting pressure from fans and maybe even the studio is only going to make him less interested in doing it because it zaps the fun out of it. To be honest having Deathstroke in it has me feeling meh anyway. I was really hoping they'd essentially do a live action Death in the Family, maybe even set in the late 80's since Affleck's Batman has been around a while but it doesn't look like we're getting that.
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9:16AM on 01/10/2017
Haha, I like his honest answer. But he's right though - his normal project doesn't get that much of hype. But when it comes to superhero, everybody's rushing him.
Haha, I like his honest answer. But he's right though - his normal project doesn't get that much of hype. But when it comes to superhero, everybody's rushing him.
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9:10AM on 01/10/2017
His solo Batman film is going to be amazing based off his four terrific past directorial films and the performance he gave as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Dawn of Justice was the best part of the film, so because of that he should have all the time in the world to deliver us the best Batman film he can; even if it means waiting an extra couple of months or another year for it.

Out of the all of the upcoming DC releases he probably has the most pressure on his shoulders to deliver a quality film
His solo Batman film is going to be amazing based off his four terrific past directorial films and the performance he gave as Bruce Wayne/Batman in Dawn of Justice was the best part of the film, so because of that he should have all the time in the world to deliver us the best Batman film he can; even if it means waiting an extra couple of months or another year for it.

Out of the all of the upcoming DC releases he probably has the most pressure on his shoulders to deliver a quality film since he's arguably playing and directing the most popular comic book hero in the DCU to this point.
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3:03PM on 01/10/2017
and that's due to the fact that he's the only director currently in the DC Universe with any talent for directing, or writing, or anything.
and that's due to the fact that he's the only director currently in the DC Universe with any talent for directing, or writing, or anything.
8:31AM on 01/10/2017
So happy that Affleck is taking the reigns on this. I'll be interested to see which direction he'll take Bruce Wayne and Batman .
So happy that Affleck is taking the reigns on this. I'll be interested to see which direction he'll take Bruce Wayne and Batman .
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