Is Affleck No Longer Directing Batman Movie?

A statement made by Ben Affleck in an interview with The Guardian has people wondering if Affleck has soured on directing the solo Batman film.  

Say it ain’t so.  I thought Man of Steel was a decent movie.  It was a bit dark for a Superman flick since he’s always been a character that inspired hope, but I gave it a pass since it was an origin film and Supes could still be developing into the character we all know and love from the comic pages.  Batman v Superman had entertainment value, but as a big fan of both characters I felt that it missed the mark because neither acted the way they should.  Go to virtually any movie blog on a discussion thread talking about a comic book adaptation and you’ll see people add in their two cents about BvS because the film was that divisive.

However, Ben Affleck was great as Bruce Wayne/Batman and one thing that gave me hope was the possibility that Affleck being cast as Bats could mean he would one day direct a Batman movie and/or Justice League movie.  While rumors circled for a while it was officially announced by Warner Bros. last April and since then a working title has been released (“The Batman”), news broke that Affleck was working on a script with Geoff Johns, Joe Manganiello has been cast as the villain Deathstroke, and a spring shooting date has been leaked.  Despite two unimpressive DC films I finally had a movie I was excited about.

Not so fast.

In an interview with The Guardian (via Empire) earlier this week for Affleck’s latest movie, Live By Night, he had the following to say about the stand alone Batman movie.

“That’s the idea. But it’s not a set thing and there’s no script. If it doesn’t come together in a way I think is really great I’m not going to do it.”

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Yes, it was only a quick statement made in passing while doing press for another film but it was enough to make DC fanboys go bonkers (ok fine, I’ll include myself in that group).  Affleck directing the Batman solo movie and his name appearing as Executive Producer on future DC movies is what gave me hope that these movies could once again be awesome.  Is there really a chance he’s not going to direct The Batman after all?  There’s been no confirmation one way or the other from him or Warner Bros. since the statement so we’re only left to wonder.  My reaction after the initial shock is that I respect him for wanting to wait until he has a solid script before simply jumping into the fray to churn out another superhero movie.  Marvel movies have been turning out OK commercially and critically, but I can’t help but feel that if they had more time to develop instead of having to rush to meet the scheduled release dates (and they have release dates for their films set in stone years in advance) we could have received a better end product.  So how about this, Ben- take your time to make sure this is an awesome movie up to your high standards, but please promise us you’re still on board.

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What are your thoughts on Ben Affleck’s comments about potentially not directing a solo Batman movie?  Share your opinions in the discussion board below.  There’s no set release date for this movie, but I will keep you posted on any new information that’s released for the Batman.

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