It’s no surprise to anyone, last of all Ben Affleck, that while making the press rounds for his current film, “Live By Night,” people are interested in the status of his upcoming superhero solo outing. In fact, it’s safe to say that interest in the new Batman movie probably outstrips that in his current project by a fair bit.
In a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Affleck dealt with the constant questions surrounding the status of “The Batman,” and how much longer audiences will have to continue to wait before we start to learn more details about the film.
“It’s one of those things that’s really frustrating,” Affleck told Kimmel of the pressure he’s feeling to deliver the anticipated script. “With ‘Live By Night,’ it took me a year and a half to write and get ready, and I worked really hard and — it’s just, nobody gave a shit! But with ‘Batman,’ I keep on getting, ‘Where’s the fucking “Batman” script?!’ I’m like, ‘Whoa — I’m working! Give me a second!'”
As for what he’d tell his brother, Casey Affleck, if the younger sibling decides to request to play Robin in the film, Affleck’s answer was a simple, “I think he can go back to the tape!”
Affleck’s response to IGN asking essentially the same question in a separate interview was similar, though he expanded a bit on things by suggesting the Bat-flick’s prep time should be shorter than “Live By Night.” “And it’s the same way I felt about [‘Live By Night’] when I was prepping it, it’s just that no one was asking me questions because nobody gave a shit, because there wasn’t any click-throughs. But it took me a year plus to get this movie ready to launch. Hopefully it won’t take me that long for ‘Batman.’ But we’re working, I think we’re ahead of the curve, and we’re excited.”
Warner Bros. originally intended to film Affleck’s “Batman” movie in spring this year, a sentiment originally shared by Affleck himself. Joe Manganiello, who plays Deathstroke, also seemed to be under the impression that filming would begin in spring 2017. If this is the case, then, a delay will be a major shakeup for the studio’s plan and intended DCEU release schedule.
In addition to directing and starring in the Batman film, Affleck is writing the screenplay with DC Entertainment President and COO Geoff Johns. “The Batman” also stars Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon and Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke.
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