Ben Affleck Still Wants to Helm a Batman Movie

Posted 2017/12/21 0 0

As Warner Bros. prepares for a drastic overhaul of the DCEU, Ben Affleck throws his hat back into the ring to direct a Batman film.


For the past six months, Ben Affleck has waffled back and forth on whether he will continue to play Batman in Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe. Earlier this month, Variety claimed that Affleck could be completely out of the DCEU soon, portraying Batman in the solo Flash movie but then leaving a Dark Knight-shaped hole in the shared universe of films. During promotion for “Justice League” last month, Affleck played it either coy or downright reticent when discussing his future in the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne. But now, when asked about the possibility of returning to the role of Bruce Wayne, Affleck told Daily Sabah:

"For me, it's interesting, and I always evaluate this stuff on the merit of the material," said Affleck. "I want to direct a Batman movie, and I never got a script that I was happy with, so they are starting over and writing another script. And right now, I think a lot of different possibilities I think for the way the DC Universe could go, and I will just follow my interests in pursuing that. And I know that I love working with this group of people, and it was a real joy for me to make this movie."

Both Warner Bros. and Ben Affleck have not come out with a definitive answer on if and when the actor will officially come back and play Batman again. It's all love, but a direct question like that is never given the direct answer. For instance, when recently asked about the situation, Affleck wandered into talking about directing and said that he was never given the right script. He had this to say.

“I like this version of Batman a lot. It was a lot to carry around the danger of being angry and resentful of Superman the whole time, which led to a darker tone. And with this one, Batman is not a Joker and is not as funny, but is hilarious, as the straight man to Flash and other people. That’s a nice dynamic to get to play off of somebody and have a little bit more irony and have a little bit more self-awareness, a little bit more fun with the movie. That was great.”

Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes) succeeded Affleck in late February as director of The Batman, and ultimately scrapped the script the Oscar-winning screenwriter had penned with DC Entertainment CCO Geoff Johns. There also have been rumors that Jake Gyllenhaal is a potential replacement for Affleck in Reeves’ planned trilogy, although Jon Hamm is also said to be campaigning for the role. At present, Reeves’ “The Batman” has yet to set a production schedule with no word of a release date for the project either.