“There is No Batman Movie Happening Yet,” According to Ben Affleck

Thursday, 06 October 2016 - 5:42PM
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Thursday, 06 October 2016 - 5:42PM
“There is No Batman Movie Happening Yet,” According to Ben Affleck
In a promotional interview for his upcoming movie The Accountant, Ben Affleck mentioned that the current working title for his upcoming Batman film is simply The Batman. While this had many DC fans excited about the film seemingly progressing through pre-production, it now looks like Affleck is not only backtracking on the title, but possibly even on confirming that the movie is going to happen. Check out what he has to say around the 4:30 mark:



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There is no batman movie happening yet, we're still trying to figure it out, get the script, the budget, and all that stuff. Someone said, 'what are you calling it,' and I had said when we were promoting another movie 'We don't have a name for it yet, we're just calling it The Batman, or Batman Movie, or The Batman. And I said that, and it was like 'Affleck announces the title of his new…' Then they're all like 'this title's so boring!'
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Of course, when Ben Affleck says "there is no Batman movie happening yet," he probably just means that there are no guarantees. How many times have moviegoers gotten excited for a high profile film said to be in the works only for it to get stuck in development hell? Still, the chances of Affleck's Batman film happening are obviously extremely high, as he immediately starts talking about the fact that they're currently working on figuring out the script and the budget for the film.

Affleck's comments are a bit confusing, however. He was practically the last one to confirm that he had plans for a DCEU Batman solo film, and he almost always comes off as reluctant to speak about it. Is it possible that WB and DC want an Affleck helmed Bat-film more than Affleck does? With his talent and track record, it would certainly be a huge boon for the comics giant to have him on board as a director and a screenwriter.

Yet, Affleck is kind of a practical guy, and he's gone on the record more than once about how it's necessary to have the perfect script and sufficient time to perfect his film before release. Would it really be so surprising if Affleck says no to directing if his conditions aren't met? He's also just getting his reputation in the industry back after acting in a series of flops. If the DCEU continues to receive poor critical reception, it wouldn't be unimaginable for him to minimize his involvement in it, and stick to only what he's obligated to do by his contract.

Regarding his comments on the title, he possibly may be reacting to the online reception of it. Though The Batman is simple and to the point, a lot of people evidently thought it was boring. Affleck may have taken those comments to heart and may end up going for something spicier. Although, in the interview that everyone's been talking about, he did caveat his title confirmation with "at least that's what we're going with for now."

In the end, there are some things that fans can know for sure about the upcoming DCEU Batman film. First, Geoff Johns and Ben Affleck are working together to create a script. Second, Ben Affleck is supposedly on board to direct, but that seems subject to change. Third, Deathstroke has been confirmed as one of the villains Johns and Affleck have incorporated (or are incorporating) into their first draft. Other than that, there is very little that can be said for certain about the DCEU's plans for a standalone Batman film.

The Batman, or whatever it's going to be called, is currently rumored for a 2018 or 2019 release.
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