With the second “Justice League” film delayed from its originally planned 2019 release, there seems to be some serious momentum on the Ben Affleck-directed “The Batman” movie going forward sooner rather than later.
All indications are it will shoot sometime next year, but in speaking with The New York Times (via CB.com) this week, Affleck confirmed he’s still working on the script and is in no rush – wanting to take the time to get it right:
“I am [writing it] that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s going to be good. [laughs] 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. I’m really mindful of that. I’m not in any hurry to jam a mediocre film down the pipe.”
Asked why he’s taking on the role of Batman, he cites his disappointment with 2003’s “Daredevil” as the big reason:
“Part of it was I wanted for once to get one of these movies and do it right – to do a good version. I hate ‘Daredevil’ so much. It frustrated me. The Netflix show does really cool stuff. I feel like that was there for us to do with that character, and we never kind of got it right. I wanted to do one of those movies and sort of get it right.”
Affleck will next be seen in the role in the Zack Snyder-directed “Justice League” which is due in cinemas on November 17th 2017.