It seems like only yesterday, but it was really more like the weekend, when rumour control heard that Warner Bros. was moving Justice League 2 out of the way to make room for The Batman, the very, very anticipated new solo Batman movie written by, directed by, and starring Ben Affleck. The fans are very excited about this development, but there’s now someone coming in to throw cold water on these expectations: Ben Affleck. The man occasionally known as Batfleck says he’s working hard on the script, but the actual film is on no particular schedule. Batfleck, you see, wants to do things right.
While talking to the New York Times about his upcoming crime drama Live By Night, Batfleck had to once again bat away any assumption that The Batman is on the fast track.
“We still have to get a screenplay and get it together,” Affleck told the paper. “I am [writing it]; 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.”
Since Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice came out earlier this year fans have been anxious to see more of Affleck’s take on a grizzled, more cynical Dark Knight. In short order, it was announced that Affleck as working on a script with Geoff Johns, and that Affleck would be stepping behind the camera as director. This despite the fact that Warners’ approved slate of upcoming DC films announced in 2014 had no spot for a solo Batman movie. Actually, it still doesn’t.
Excitement was elevated earlier this fall when it was revealed that Joe Manganiello will play the film’s villain Deathstroke. Jeremy Irons and J.K. Simmons were previously cast in the pivotal roles of Alfred and Commission Gordon respectively, so it seemed like the table was set to make this new Batman in short order. Still, none of these Batman moves have been announced directly from the studio, so it seems like Warners is perfectly willing to let Affleck take his time. If not, you better believe that anything Batman-related would happen in short order, after all, look how much Batman they crammed into Suicide Squad…
Affleck will next appear as Batman in Justice League, which is in theatres everywhere November 17.