Ben Affleck Refuses to Make a Mediocre Batman Movie
With Ben Affleck's new movie Live By Night opening in limited release on Christmas Day, the actor/director has been making the press rounds as of late, where he has also been offering updates on his highly-anticipated movie The Batman. The actor/filmmaker revealed last week that production is being eyed to begin in Spring 2017, and that he decided to take on the Batman role because of how much he hates Daredevil. The filmmaker also revealed in another interview that he refuses to make a Batman movie that isn't absolutely perfect.
Ben Affleck was named one of Entertainment Weekly's Entertainers of the Year for 2016, after starring in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad as Bruce Wayne/Batman, while also writing, directing and starring in Live By Night. During his interview with the publication, the actor was asked for an update on The Batman. While a release date has yet to be confirmed, the actor-director revealed that he won't start production until the story is absolutely perfect.
"I'm still working on the script. I'm not going to write and direct anything that I don't think is good enough to be made. I'm definitely going to make sure I have something that is special-there's not enough money in the world to make a mediocre version of Batman worth it."
This interview comes just a few days after the actor-director said he "refuses to rush" his work on The Batman, which is likely why the movie doesn't have a confirmed release date. However, while discussing Warner Bros.' upcoming slate, the studio's departing production president Greg Silverman revealed in an interview that The Batman will hit theaters in 2018. While an exact date wasn't confirmed, Ben Affleck was asked how his kids react to him playing Batman. Here's what he had to say below.
"They love it. My son especiially. He's going to be 5, and he's in full superhero geek mode. He still sort of thinks I might really be Batman. I know he'll realize eventually I have feet of clay, but I'm enjoying it while it lasts."
Ben Affleck will star alongside Joe Manganiello as the villainous Deathstroke, although no other cast members have been confirmed. Ben Affleck will direct from a script he is co-writing with DC Films president Geoff Johns, and there have been rumors that this superhero adventure will feature a number of iconic villains, such as Catwoman and man others, although Red Hood's presence has been shot down. If filming does in fact start this coming spring, hopefully we'll have more details about The Batman in the very near future.