Saturday, 18 February 2017

Ben Affleck may not direct The Batman after all

It was an open secret for months, but a solo outing for Ben Affleck's Batman was officially announced by studio Warner Bros last April, as Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice (2016) arrived on screens. Since then we have learned that the current working title is The Batman, that Affleck is himself at work on the script with DC boss Geoff Johns, and that Joe Manganiello has been cast as the villainous Deathstroke. It all seemed to be moving forward efficiently, but Affleck recently revealed that he may not direct after all.

Specifically, asked by The Guardian whether, as widely reported, he is planning to direct as well as write and star, Affleck replied: "That's the idea. 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."

It is a short line in a longer interview about his latest film as director Live By Night, so it is probably a mistake to read too much into it but this could indicate that the cowl is losing some of its lustre for Affleck. Last we heard, The Batman's pre-production was underway and a shoot in the spring of this year was on the cards. So if there really is no script yet, they will certainly need to get cracking...

We will next see Affleck's Batman in Zack Snyder's Justice League, which is currently due on 17 November.

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