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Ben Affleck still not confirmed to direct the solo DCEU Batman film

01.01.2017

While reception to BATMAN V SUPERMAN, and the current DCEU in general has been divisive - at best - the one thing that (most) people seem to agree on is that Ben Affleck made an awesome (if badly-written) Batman. And besides being a great Batman, Affleck is also known as a great director with GONE, BABY, GONE, THE TOWN, the Best Picture Academy Award-winning ARGO, and the upcoming Gangster flick LIVE BY NIGHT (which looks pretty sweet by the way) under his (oversized utility) belt.

So it would be logical for Warner Bros. to want Ben Affleck to direct the new THE BATMAN flick, and it seemed that was for sure going to be the case. However, in an interview with The Guardian, Ben Affleck had this to say about directing the upcoming solo BATMAN film:

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.

Well, with a track record like Affleck has with his directing projects, it would definitely be disappointing to see someone else take the helm. And, worse, that Warner is rushing a product rather than waiting for it to be ready. But I'm still (mildly) optimistic. 

No release date set, though it would be surprising if Warner Bros. sat on it for too long.

Extra Tidbit: One of Batman's lamest villains is a guy named the Ten-Eyed Man who has eyes on his fingers.
Source: The Guardian

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2:18PM on 01/03/2017

that's funny

So if it's not a good story, he won't direct it, but if that's the case, he has no problem still acting in it and being the face of the movie, poor script or not? He's kind of pigeon-holing himself here, because now if he doesn't direct it, even with some sort of studio spin story, that will imply that he doesn't have faith in the project, starting with pre-production. They'd have to think pretty far outside the box with a different director to keep the public's faith in the film at that point.
So if it's not a good story, he won't direct it, but if that's the case, he has no problem still acting in it and being the face of the movie, poor script or not? He's kind of pigeon-holing himself here, because now if he doesn't direct it, even with some sort of studio spin story, that will imply that he doesn't have faith in the project, starting with pre-production. They'd have to think pretty far outside the box with a different director to keep the public's faith in the film at that point.
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6:17PM on 01/02/2017
Whatever BennyAff decides to do is cool because he was the best part of BvS. Don't get me wrong, I love Henry Cavil, but they're ruining him. Man of Steel was dope (IMO), why couldn't they build on that? And they're totally wasting Amy Adams. :( I'd love a tight Superman/Lois Lane thriller-mystery.

And maybe Tom Ford should direct the Batman movie.
Whatever BennyAff decides to do is cool because he was the best part of BvS. Don't get me wrong, I love Henry Cavil, but they're ruining him. Man of Steel was dope (IMO), why couldn't they build on that? And they're totally wasting Amy Adams. :( I'd love a tight Superman/Lois Lane thriller-mystery.

And maybe Tom Ford should direct the Batman movie.
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3:56PM on 01/02/2017

Crap

The DCEU is in dire need of his skills has a director. I like Patty Jenkins but not Zach Snyder and I can't say David Ayers has impressed me so far. Affleck is a great director with a great resume but as an actor, he has given his fair share of Razzie level performances when the director wasn't right. I really don't trust WB to find a suitable replacement if he decides to pass on the gig.
The DCEU is in dire need of his skills has a director. I like Patty Jenkins but not Zach Snyder and I can't say David Ayers has impressed me so far. Affleck is a great director with a great resume but as an actor, he has given his fair share of Razzie level performances when the director wasn't right. I really don't trust WB to find a suitable replacement if he decides to pass on the gig.
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10:27AM on 01/02/2017
Affleck's directorial efforts have all been consistently good so far. He doesn't owe that same level of quality to the movies he acts in (although he's been pretty aces in that department of late, as well). I sincerely hope Wonder Woman and Aquaman are good movies, because I'd hate all that pressure on his shoulders.
Affleck's directorial efforts have all been consistently good so far. He doesn't owe that same level of quality to the movies he acts in (although he's been pretty aces in that department of late, as well). I sincerely hope Wonder Woman and Aquaman are good movies, because I'd hate all that pressure on his shoulders.
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9:18PM on 01/01/2017
Of course he's gonna do it. I think his comments are just a reaction to how BvS & Squad were recieved. He doesn't want to be in another critically maligned Batman movie (Affleck really cares what critics think). So he's not gonna commit until he feels everythings perfect. It's in his best interest to do it. He doesn't want to go down as the kickass Batman in messy movies. He'll direct at least one.
Of course he's gonna do it. I think his comments are just a reaction to how BvS & Squad were recieved. He doesn't want to be in another critically maligned Batman movie (Affleck really cares what critics think). So he's not gonna commit until he feels everythings perfect. It's in his best interest to do it. He doesn't want to go down as the kickass Batman in messy movies. He'll direct at least one.
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7:38PM on 01/01/2017
I have no problem waiting longer for Affleck's solo Batman film if it's means it will be end up being a better overall film in the long run. This is arguably DC's most anticapated film (other than Justice League) with arguably DC's most popular character. So if Affleck feels the need to take more time out to make the best damn Batman film he can, then DC should accept that and just work around it with their other solo DC films.

Affleck is one of the best directors working today, so he's
I have no problem waiting longer for Affleck's solo Batman film if it's means it will be end up being a better overall film in the long run. This is arguably DC's most anticapated film (other than Justice League) with arguably DC's most popular character. So if Affleck feels the need to take more time out to make the best damn Batman film he can, then DC should accept that and just work around it with their other solo DC films.

Affleck is one of the best directors working today, so he's more than earned the benefit of the doubt in stating if he doesn't think the script is up to par yet, then the film shouldn't be made yet.
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5:58PM on 01/01/2017

Uh Oh

I have faith in Affleck, Jenkins, Wan, Ayer and even Snyder but I do not have faith in WB. Hopefully this comes together to Afflecks liking
I have faith in Affleck, Jenkins, Wan, Ayer and even Snyder but I do not have faith in WB. Hopefully this comes together to Afflecks liking
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