He’s only been Batman in one film, not counting cameos, and already people are excited to see him return. Ben Affleck will reprise his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman in this year’s highly anticipated Justice League film. Right now, Affleck is currently doing press for his latest film Live By Night, and while many film buffs and critics welcome a new film from the Oscar winning filmmaker, only one remains heavy in our minds, The Batman solo film.
Recently, there have been conflicting reports that make us concerned over Affleck’s involvement. One report will say the film will has a shooting location in Los Angeles, but another will have him quoted saying “It’s not a set thing.” I think it’s finally time we’ve heard from the man himself. Affleck appear on Jimmy Kimmel Live! earlier this week to promote Live By Night, and of course the conversation eventually turned to Batman:
“I’m going to direct the next Batman. We’re working on it,” Affleck said. “It’s one of those things that’s really frustrating because Live By Night took me a year and a half to write it, and get it ready, and I worked really hard. And nobody gave a shit! No one was like ‘where’s Live By Night?!’ But with Batman I keep getting ‘where’s the f*cking Batman?!’. I’m like bro, I’m working! Give me a second.”
Clearly Affleck is frustrated, as a filmmaker, to have so much attention set on the future, rather than the now. I definitely sympathize for him, but that’s the cost of being one of the best directors today, while also taking on such a popular character like Batman.
2017 will be a busy year for Affleck, as production on The Batman is scheduled to begin at some point this year, likely middle of spring. Right after, he’ll begin what will be a lengthy press tour to promote Justice League. The amount of pressure Affleck is facing will take some years off him, and that’s not something he needs to be reminded of:
“Superhero movies get the level of attention that is nothing like any film I’ve done. You cast the 14th lead in these movies and the Internet goes crazy,” Affleck said. “I understand and embrace that. That’s part of the pressure that comes with doing it. That’s why I am not going to do it, unless I really feel confident about it.”
“But when that day comes, should that day come, I’m sure that’s going to be the most pressure, the most stress I have ever experienced in my professional life,” he added. “There’s no doubt.”
Justice League will open on November 17th of this year, with The Batman expected to be released in 2018.
Sources: Batman-news.com, USA Today.