At first, Ben Affleck’s casting as the DCEU’s Batman was met with a fair amount skepticism, given Christian Bale’s great portrayal of Bruce Wayne in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. However, Affleck proved himself in this summer’s Batman V Superman, delivering the arguably best live-action performance of the Caped Crusader ever to be seen on the big screen.
A few days ago, it was confirmed that The Batman, which Affleck will star in, direct and co-write, will begin principal photography in the spring of 2017, almost guaranteeing a 2018 release. Entertainment Weekly recently had a chance to speak with Affleck and get caught up on the film’s progress, and during that interview, the Oscar-winning director (Argo) made it clear he’s committed to getting The Batman right.
“I’m still working on the script. I’m not going to write and direct anything that I don’t think is good enough to be made. I’m definitely going to make sure I have something that is special—there’s not enough money in the world to make a mediocre version of Batman worth it.”
EW followed up with a question about the 44-year-old’s children – what do they think about their dad playing the protector of Gotham city?
“They love it. My son especially. He’s going to be 5, and he’s in full superhero geek mode. He still sort of thinks I might really be Batman. I know he’ll realize eventually I have feet of clay, but I’m enjoying it while it lasts.”
Before The Batman, we will see Affleck don the cape and cowl in next year’s Justice League, which is set to release on November 17, 2017.