Affleck Directing “Batman” Becomes Conditional

Ben Affleck appears to have taken a step back in his comments regarding the upcoming solo “The Batman” film to which he’s attached to star in, write and direct.

Both Affleck and DC chief Geoff Johns are penning the script for the film and, despite frequent rumors about when the film is going forward, the pair have both been adamant about getting the script right first before they proceed with the film.

Today, while speaking with The Guardian, Affleck has gone a step further and has seemingly turned his directorial involvement into a conditional one – saying he won’t do the film if the script isn’t great.

The article says that Affleck will get to direct to which the actor-filmmaker responds: “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.”

An official release date for “The Batman” movie has not been set but previously suggestions have been that a Spring 2017 start is possible. If no script is in place like Affleck says, then that’s in doubt.

Joe Manganiello stars in the film as Deathstroke while returnees include Jeremy Irons as Alfred and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.