The name of Ben Affleck's Batman movie has been snatched away as quickly as it was given.
While promoting his new film "The Accountant," Affleck backpedaled on the name of the movie in an interview with E! News. Affleck said the purported name of the film, "The Batman," was only a working title and that details like the script and budget are still being ironed out.
"I mentioned the other day... it's been around for a long time, but the movie... there is no Batman movie happening yet, we're still trying to figure it out, you know, get the script and budget and all that stuff. And someone said, 'What are you calling it?' and I had said, like, back when we were promoting another movie, I was like, 'We don't have a name for it, we're just going with The Batman or Batman movie,' and I said that, and everyone was like 'Affleck announces the name of his Batman movie.'"
Affleck's portrayal of the Dark Knight in this year's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" garnered praise despite the film's lukewarm critical reception overall. It seemed only natural that a Batman solo film was close at hand. DC Films and Warner Bros. Pictures have already doubled-down on a slew of upcoming superhero movies, including "Wonder Woman," "The Flash" and "Justice League," but now the solo Batman movie is sounding like it's further out than previously thought.
In addition to co-writing the screenplay with co-write with DC Entertainment President and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns, Affleck is slated to direct and star,in the still-untitled Batman film.