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Ben Affleck speaks on the possibility of directing Batman's solo film

01.18.2016

In just a little under two months we’ll find ourselves presented with a brand-new Batman in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE played by none other than Ben Affleck. Unlike other actors who have taken on the mantle of the Dark Knight, Ben Affleck may be poised to take on a much more involved role in guiding Batman's journey in the DC Cinematic Universe. Last summer many trades reported that Affleck would be directing himself in Batman’s first solo film in the DCCU, which was said to be simply titled THE BATMAN.

While that news hasn’t been officially confirmed by Ben Affleck or the Warner Bros. camp, the actor did speak with USA Today recently and say how inspired he was by watching Zack Snyder do his thing during the production of BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE.

I’ll just say going through the process, I would never have imagined that I could or would direct a movie like this. And in working with (Batman v Superman director Zack Snyder) and seeing what he did and watching him every day, I got really inspired by that and by seeing the scope on which he was telling the story, by seeing what he was able to do with this kind of mythic story on a grand scale.

Around ten years ago I would have said that you'd be crazy to hand the reins to a character like Batman over to Ben Affleck, but with films like GONE BABY GONE, THE TOWN, and ARGO, Affleck has proven that he's a force to be reckoned with both in front and behind the camera. Should THE BATMAN find Affleck at its helm, I have no doubt that he'd deliver a solid picture. Ben Affleck is currently directing LIVE BY NIGHT, an adaption of the Dennis Lehane novel of the same name and follows Joe Coughlin (Ben Affleck), the youngest son of a prominent Boston police captain who defies his proper upbringing by climbing the ladder of organized crime and encountering a number of dangerous individuals who are all fighting for their piece of the American dream.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE hits theaters on March 25, 2016.

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10:59AM on 01/20/2016
I really hope Affleck directs the new Batman stand alone film. He's easily one of the best directors in Hollywood. I loved Argo, Gone Baby Gone, and The Town.
I really hope Affleck directs the new Batman stand alone film. He's easily one of the best directors in Hollywood. I loved Argo, Gone Baby Gone, and The Town.
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1:38AM on 01/20/2016
I can remember when folks were upset over Mr. Mom being cast as Batman, and that turned out pretty fun. So yeah, I'll give this a shot if he does it.
I can remember when folks were upset over Mr. Mom being cast as Batman, and that turned out pretty fun. So yeah, I'll give this a shot if he does it.
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9:06AM on 01/19/2016
Given Affleck's talents to date in directing crime stories, I really think he would make for a great director on a Batman movie. Sure the scope needs to be a more epic than a Dennis Lehane adaptation. But like any good Batman story, you need a central mystery driving the plot forward. Fill the cast with great characters who become suspects, allies, or enemies. Overall, I think he would be very capable. It doesn't seem completely out of his wheel-house.
Given Affleck's talents to date in directing crime stories, I really think he would make for a great director on a Batman movie. Sure the scope needs to be a more epic than a Dennis Lehane adaptation. But like any good Batman story, you need a central mystery driving the plot forward. Fill the cast with great characters who become suspects, allies, or enemies. Overall, I think he would be very capable. It doesn't seem completely out of his wheel-house.
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3:24PM on 01/19/2016
Great comment.
Great comment.
7:52AM on 01/19/2016
Afflecks writer Chris Terrio from Argo has already been on the job and written several scripts for the Justice League. I think its just a matter of time until Ben Affleck directs at least one solo Batman movie.
Afflecks writer Chris Terrio from Argo has already been on the job and written several scripts for the Justice League. I think its just a matter of time until Ben Affleck directs at least one solo Batman movie.
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7:43AM on 01/19/2016
Affleck in his later years is a brilliant film maker, I'm fine with this. I never minded Bale's voice as Batman. I think the robotic cloak on Affleck's voice is badass though. It's what I would do if I were Batman. Makes sense. People just love to find things to bitch about. It's the internet. You can't please everyone.
Affleck in his later years is a brilliant film maker, I'm fine with this. I never minded Bale's voice as Batman. I think the robotic cloak on Affleck's voice is badass though. It's what I would do if I were Batman. Makes sense. People just love to find things to bitch about. It's the internet. You can't please everyone.
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7:58AM on 01/19/2016
Agree totally
Agree totally
5:39PM on 01/19/2016
The batman voice was Kevin smiths idea, Iim pretty sure. Either way I totally agree with you too!
The batman voice was Kevin smiths idea, Iim pretty sure. Either way I totally agree with you too!
3:52AM on 01/19/2016
So far his Batman isn't doing anything for me. He seems bored in the role, the suit is cartoonishly puffy, and that robot voice is more annoying than anything. I wish I could be excited about this, but I just can't.
So far his Batman isn't doing anything for me. He seems bored in the role, the suit is cartoonishly puffy, and that robot voice is more annoying than anything. I wish I could be excited about this, but I just can't.
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5:40PM on 01/19/2016
Then don't go see it.
Then don't go see it.
9:35PM on 01/18/2016
He did a great job with Argo so I'm confident he'll be a great director for Batman.
He did a great job with Argo so I'm confident he'll be a great director for Batman.
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8:45PM on 01/18/2016
With the grittiness and beautiful direction of his storytelling throughout all three characters, he would be the best candidate to direct. Honestly, how cool would it be for Ben Affleck to be starring AND directing in a Batman solo film that's within the same realm of Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, etc.

But if he were not to direct for whatever reason, I wouldn't mind him elbowing David Fincher to give it a try.
With the grittiness and beautiful direction of his storytelling throughout all three characters, he would be the best candidate to direct. Honestly, how cool would it be for Ben Affleck to be starring AND directing in a Batman solo film that's within the same realm of Superman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, etc.

But if he were not to direct for whatever reason, I wouldn't mind him elbowing David Fincher to give it a try.
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8:19PM on 01/18/2016

Affleck's Bat Voice is Even Worse than Bale's

Ben Affleck's Batman voice sounds like its robotic and spoken through some kind of voice changer. Bale's was bad too, but at least it was his voice. I just wish they would take a cue from Kevin Conroy and use a regular voice.
Ben Affleck's Batman voice sounds like its robotic and spoken through some kind of voice changer. Bale's was bad too, but at least it was his voice. I just wish they would take a cue from Kevin Conroy and use a regular voice.
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9:42PM on 01/18/2016
"Ben Affleck's Batman voice sounds like its robotic and spoken through some kind of voice changer. "

wow you stated the obvious. His voice is modulated...so no one can recognize his voice or somehow get a recording of it and analyze that it's bruce waynes voice.
"Ben Affleck's Batman voice sounds like its robotic and spoken through some kind of voice changer. "

wow you stated the obvious. His voice is modulated...so no one can recognize his voice or somehow get a recording of it and analyze that it's bruce waynes voice.
6:59AM on 01/19/2016
Bale's voice was modulated.
Bale's voice was modulated.
7:48AM on 01/19/2016
Yes, you're right. Batman should use a voice like Adam West did so everyone recognizes his voice in five minutes.
Yes, you're right. Batman should use a voice like Adam West did so everyone recognizes his voice in five minutes.
5:43PM on 01/19/2016
Bruce Wayne is a very recognizable person in the batman universe. It's like us knowing like donald trumps voice or whoever the second you hear it. Pretty sure batman would disguise his voice somehow. At least he's trying. Superman looks the same no matter what and it fools everyone.
Bruce Wayne is a very recognizable person in the batman universe. It's like us knowing like donald trumps voice or whoever the second you hear it. Pretty sure batman would disguise his voice somehow. At least he's trying. Superman looks the same no matter what and it fools everyone.
8:10PM on 01/18/2016
Well lets see how his version of batman is before it goes any further...not to rain on the parade though...it might be an awesome batman but it also might be horrible....time will tell.
Well lets see how his version of batman is before it goes any further...not to rain on the parade though...it might be an awesome batman but it also might be horrible....time will tell.
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9:27PM on 01/18/2016
It couldn't be any worse than Batman & Robin.
It couldn't be any worse than Batman & Robin.
10:26AM on 01/19/2016
@metalbrain, as much as I love Clooney, that's not a very high bar.
@metalbrain, as much as I love Clooney, that's not a very high bar.
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