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Ben Affleck gives update on the solo Batman movie's development

12.13.2016
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Though there are a lot of talented folks involved with the DCEU, the one that has the most faith behind him seems to be Ben Affleck. The Oscar-winner has experienced a bit of a comeback with his directorial efforts, like THE TOWN and ARGO, and completely crushed the naysayers with a brutal kick to the face as Batman in BATMAN V. SUPERMAN. So obviously folks have a lot of questions for him when it comes to the solo BATMAN movie, but he's keeping his answers as casual as ever.

During an interview with The New York Times for Facebook while promoting his new movie, LIVE BY NIGHT, Affleck was asked about the process of writing and directing the upcoming solo BATMAN movie, responding by saying they “still have to get a screenplay and get it together.” The interviewer Chip McGrath then probed deeper, thinking Affleck was writing the movie himself, with the star replying:

I am, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s going to be good. [Laughs] I’m a real believer in not doing, not reverse engineering projects to meet a window or a date, but rather like when you get the right story or you get the right idea or you get the right thing, then you make the movie. And so that’s what we’re doing, and I’m hoping to get that done and spending a lot of time on that, but I’m also working on other stuff. And if I could, if I can find it right then there’s nothing I’d love more than to direct a standalone, you know, iconic great Batman movie.

This comes hot on the heels of a story saying that JUSTICE LEAGUE 2 was being delayed to make room for BATMAN, while two months ago word was that the film was around “a year and half” away. There’s nothing to really solidify if the delay in LEAGUE for BATMAN is a result of production on the latter going slower than anticipated (though they do have the villain), or if it’s just classic studio reshuffling, but Affleck’s words could hint to more of the former.

However, that’s probably a good thing. It would be a mistake to rush a solo BATMAN movie, even after the iteration of the character in BVS received high praise. Affleck appears to want to take his time with the movie so it’s the best it can be, not wanting to sacrifice quality for a speedy production. Plus, we will see Affleck’s Batman in JUSTICE LEAGUE next year, so there’s no rush to get him back up on the big screen. I mean, the man isn’t a machine. The guy is already busy planning several surprise parties for Matt Damon as it is!

Ben Affleck's LIVE BY NIGHT has limited engagements on December 25, and we will see him don the cowl again November 17, 2017.

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5:30PM on 12/13/2016
I never thought he was anything special as batman, just average at best. The idea that he was the bright spot of batman vs superman is false because their were no bright spots. He brooded, nice, that's all he did. He's the most one note batman, in suit and out, of all time. That being said, having a director that comes from telling real stories without cgi is exciting because we might actually get something grounded in reality (which is why we loves the dark knight series). I am optimistic
I never thought he was anything special as batman, just average at best. The idea that he was the bright spot of batman vs superman is false because their were no bright spots. He brooded, nice, that's all he did. He's the most one note batman, in suit and out, of all time. That being said, having a director that comes from telling real stories without cgi is exciting because we might actually get something grounded in reality (which is why we loves the dark knight series). I am optimistic because it really is gonna be hard to screw this up.
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4:49PM on 12/13/2016
"completely crushed the naysayers with a brutal kick to the face as Batman in BATMAN V. SUPERMAN"

That is a HUGE exaggeration. What everybody agreed on was that he shouldn't be blamed for the movie being bad. I consider myself one of the naysayers - I trust him as a director but not as Batman - but I also try to be fair. I realize playing in a poorly scripted movie directed by someone whose style seriously get on my nerve isn't a situation where he should be expected to succeed. I won't see
"completely crushed the naysayers with a brutal kick to the face as Batman in BATMAN V. SUPERMAN"

That is a HUGE exaggeration. What everybody agreed on was that he shouldn't be blamed for the movie being bad. I consider myself one of the naysayers - I trust him as a director but not as Batman - but I also try to be fair. I realize playing in a poorly scripted movie directed by someone whose style seriously get on my nerve isn't a situation where he should be expected to succeed. I won't see Justice League but I will try to keep my mind open when his solo film comes out.
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3:30PM on 12/13/2016

While I really hated BvS, I feel he can truly deliver a great Batman movie

The good thing about his solo project is its out of the hands of the hack Zack Snyder and into the hands of a guy who is an amazing director. I really think this movie could surpass Dark Knight as the definitive Batman movie. My fingers are crossed and I am very hopeful.
The good thing about his solo project is its out of the hands of the hack Zack Snyder and into the hands of a guy who is an amazing director. I really think this movie could surpass Dark Knight as the definitive Batman movie. My fingers are crossed and I am very hopeful.
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