Affleck Confirms He's Directing Solo Batman Film & More Posted by: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
Date: June 21, 2016
Via COMICBOOK.COM (while on their recent JUSTICE LEAGUE set visit), Ben Affleck confirmed that he is directing a solo Batman film in the near future. Here's a few blurbs from the current Batman on film...
On why he's now an executive producer on JUSTICE LEAGUE...
“Why I'm an executive producer is because I'm directing another one of the movies, and so there's some cross pollination of story and characters and I don't want to give any stuff of that away, but it just basically means that there might be some things that happen in my Batman that are affected by [this film]. Here we are in the police station in Gotham City, so there's an example of something that might potentially also exist in that story.”
"It's a creative way that DC came up with, both being a filmmaker driven company and entity and also making sure that the right hand sort of knows what the left hand is doing. If there's collaboration and supervision, so somebody doesn't go sailing off causing problems for your movie with their movie. Basically, it's also in a way a kind of courtesy. You know what they're doing and so one hand knows what the other is doing. I get to weigh in on stuff that impacts the Batman stuff."
On when we'll see his solo Batman film...
"“I think [Warner Bros. has] a date for it, although I don't know that I would necessarily be able to make that date. I don't have a script that's ready yet. My timetable is just that 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 things when you make movies with a script that's not good yet and it doesn't pan out."
“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, which I would have the highest of standards I would say. It's something that would have to pass a very high bar for me. It's not like, ‘Yeah, this might be fun. Let's go bang this out.’”
Interesting comments. I can't honestly say that I'm all that excited for JUSTICE LEAGUE, but I am -- and have long been -- very excited for Mr. Affleck's solo Batman movie. Stay tuned for the next BOF PODCAST for more on this topic and my take on the new JUSTICE LEAGUE information.