Once upon a time, when the world was shinier and newer and less depressing, the biggest casting news to come out of the DC Cinematic Universe was the casting of former Daredevil star Ben Affleck as everyone’s favorite Caped Crusader in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The internet came close to shaking itself down to its apoplectic foundations over such a perceived misstep by Zach Snyder and company, the Boston accent memes were many, and the future of the Justice League seemed more threatened than it ever had by the likes of Darkseid.
Fast-forward a year or so and the only positive sentiment that seemed to come out of a film that critics despised and audiences begrudgingly convinced themselves wasn’t all that bad was that everyone accepted the fact that Affleck actually did a pretty good job as both Bruce Wayne and the Dark Knight himself. The brooding physicality he brought to the role was the only bright spot in an otherwise murky, emotionally tone-deaf, CGI fest and we told ourselves that even if Wonder Woman continues the tradition of following a fantastic trailer with a mediocre feature, Ben Affleck is directing his own Batman film.
The talented Academy Award winning director of Argo, The Town, and the upcoming Live By Night, would have to make a genuine effort to drop the ball in his solo flick. Or he could just bail on the whole thing. As stated in an interview with The Guardian, Affleck is going to stick to his principles and if the final product isn’t up to snuff he may bow out of the whole effort:
“That’s the idea,” Affleck told The Guardian, when asked about directing The Batman. “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.”
As if there hasn’t been an ominous overly saturated shadow looming over Warner Bros. and the DCCU with Zach Snyder‘s follow up Justice League filming, this does not bode well for fans hoping for a drastic uptick in the quality of the Cinematic Universe. It’s only speculation and a casual aside but at this point DC needs Affleck more than Affleck needs DC, so this could be his way of calling out the producers. If he does walk away from the project something tells me that Sad Affleck video that went viral isn’t going to be so funny after all. He may have taken it personally.