Not too long ago, Ben Affleck stepped down as director of “The Batman” with Matt Reeves ultimately coming onboard to take over the main chair.
The change meant the film’s long rumoured Spring start of production date wasn’t going to be met and so things would have to be pushed back for at least a few months.
Variety reporter Justin Kroll adds today that whenever it does begin production, chances of a 2018 release are over as Reeves is committed to the upcoming “War of the Planet of the Apes” through June so any work on ‘Batman’, including such preliminary things as casting meetings, won’t begin until July at the earliest.
At the same time, Affleck himself has taken to Facebook to announce that he’s recently completed a stint in rehab for alcohol addiction. In the wake of the posting, a source tells EW that the treatment “didn’t affect his involvement in The Batman” and work is still underway on the scripts.
Here’s Affleck’s statement in full:
“I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I’ve dealt with in the past and will continue to confront. I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be. I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help when you need it, and to be a source of strength for anyone out there who needs help but is afraid to take the first step.
I’m lucky to have the love of my family and friends, including my co-parent, Jen, who has supported me and cared for our kids as I’ve done the work I set out to do. This was the first of many steps being taken towards a positive recovery.”
Affleck will next be seen in the role in “Justice League” opening in November.