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“Batman” Movie Update: Affleck Has ‘Highest of Standards’ for Solo Film

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“Batman” Movie Update: Affleck Has ‘Highest of Standards’ for Solo Film

It’s already been confirmed that Ben Affleck will direct and star in a solo “Batman” film — but you probably shouldn’t expect to see it too soon.

On the London set of Warner Bros.‘ currently-in-production “Justice League” film last week, Affleck told reporters, including CBR News, there’s not yet a script ready for the film — and he doesn’t want to make the movie until the story’s exactly right.

“I think they have a date for it,” Affleck said. “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 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]”

Previously, it had been reported that Affleck and DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer/veteran superstar comic book writer Geoff Johns were working together on the “Batman” script. Affleck told the gathered reporters that part of the reason he’s not yet completely satisfied with the “Batman” script is because of the high esteem he has for the character and previous Batman films.

“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,” Affleck said. “That’s something that would have to pass a very high bar for me. It’s not just, ‘Yeah, that might be fun, let’s go try this out.'”

Though it may not be clear when to expect it, Affleck did share that the “world’s greatest detective” aspect of the DC Comics superhero will be emphasized in a new solo “Batman” film, after not receiving much attention in this year’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” In fact, viewers may see more of that trait as early as 2017’s “Justice League.”

“The ‘world’s greatest detective’ aspect of Batman is more present in [‘Justice League’] than it was in [‘Batman v Superman], and will probably be expanded upon further in a Batman movie that I would do,” Affleck told reporters. “I think all the great Batman stories are, at their heart, detective stories. That’s why they feel like noir movies in a way. Somehow feels like it could be ‘The Maltese Falcon.'”

Keep reading CBR for much more from the set of “Justice League.”

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