It’s been a hot rumor for the past few months, but now we have official conformation from the man himself that he will indeed be directing the Batman solo film. During the set visit of Justice League last week, the actor was asked how has being an Executive Producer on Justice League changed him and his role, considering that he’s still playing Bruce Wayne/Batman on top of his new responsibilities.
“Why I’m an executive producer is that I’m directing one of the movies. SO there’s sort of this cross pollination of story and characters and I don’t want to give any of that stuff away, but it basically means that there are some things that might happen in my Batman that are affected by I mean, here we are in the police station in Gotham City. There’s potential that something like this might exist in that story. So it’s a creative way that DC came up with kind of being a filmmaker-driven company and entity and also making sure that the right hand knows what the left hand is doing, and so that there’s collaboration and supervision. SO that somebody doesn’t go sailing off with their movie. You know what they’re doing, and I get to weigh in on stuff that impacts the Batman stuff.”
The actor was then asked how far along they were in the scripting process, and if there’s a certain time frame for when we could see the film released. Here’s what Affleck had to say:
“I think they have a date for it. Although, I don’t know if I would necessarily be able to make that date because I don’t have a script that’s ready yet. So that’s my – my timetable is I’m not going to make a movie until there’s a script that I think is good because I’ve been on the end of the things when you make movies when you have a script that’s not good yet and it doesn’t pan out. [laughs]”
*Ben Affleck on the Batman film script*
“I have a script, we’re still working on it, and I’m not happy enough with it yet to actually go out there and make a Batman movie, for which I have the highest of standards, I would say. That’s something that would have to pas a very high bar for me. It’s not just like, “yeah, that might be fun, let’s go try this out.”
It sounds like Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns are really taking their time with the solo Batman film. Just for them to be working on one in general is a dream come true, and fans wait with bated breaths to see what these two geniuses come up with.
Justice League arrives in theaters November 17th, 2017.