Ben Affleck Isn't Rushing to Make The Batman, and We Should All Be Happy About That

Tuesday, 13 December 2016 - 11:15AM
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Tuesday, 13 December 2016 - 11:15AM
Ben Affleck Isn't Rushing to Make The Batman, and We Should All Be Happy About That
Ben Affleck's Batman was hands-down the best thing about Batman v Superman, and possibly aside from the Harley Quinn spin-off, The Batman is the movie we're most excited for in the DCEU. While the footage from Justice League looks surprisingly decent so far, the creative team of Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns is much more likely to inject fresh life into the franchise. So of course we're impatient to see Affleck's take on the Caped Crusader, but we should all be glad that Affleck isn't capitulating to fan pressure and rushing to make a mediocre movie.



While appearing in a Facebook Live event with the New York Times, Affleck said that the script hasn't even been written yet (boo-hoo), and that they're not sticking to a strict timeline because they want to live up to the character's legacy and make the movie as great as it can be.
Opening quote
Affleck: 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. But it's been done, you know, by Chris Nolan, they were three really good movies. 

McGrath: I was going to say, the bar is pretty high. 

Affleck: I'm really mindful of that, and so I'm not in any hurry to jam the mediocre movie down the pipe. I really want to make sure that if we do it, we get the great version, one that's worthy of [the Batman] tradition.
Closing quote

We'd previously heard that The Batman would definitely start production next spring, but now it looks like that might be an estimation rather than a hard start date. Now that Affleck has proven himself to be such an asset to Warner Bros., it makes sense that they would be flexible around his busy schedule, which is full of both acting and directing projects at the moment. 

Another possibility is that the movie definitely starts production in spring, but Affleck may or may not direct. He's previously said that he would, but his statements to NYT seem to imply that he will direct the film if they can get the timing right. Hopefully this isn't the case, since he's an even better director than he is an actor, but either way we should be glad that the creative minds involved in the movie are giving the project the time it needs. Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad both felt rushed and haphazardly put together, so it can only be positive news that Affleck wants to be more thoughtful about The Batman.
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