The latest assertion comes from a wide-ranging profile in The Guardian, where the actor and filmmaker acknowledged “the idea” is for him to direct the tentatively titled “The Batman,” adding, “But it’s not a set thing and there’s no script. If it doesn’t come together in a way I think is really great I’m not going to do it.”
That echoes comments he made just last month that, “I’m not going to write and direct anything that I don’t think is good enough to be made. I’m definitely going to make sure I have something that is special — there’s not enough money in the world to make a mediocre version of Batman worth it.”
While producer Charles Roven recently confirmed Warner Bros. announced its initial DC Films slate without considering “if something goes wrong,” Affleck has consistently insisted he won’t rush development of “The Batman” simply to meet the studio’s announced release date. “I’m a real believer in not reverse engineering projects to meet a window or a date. So, that’s what we’re doing,” he was quoted as saying last month. “[…] I’m really mindful of that. I’m not in any hurry to jam a mediocre film down the pipe.”
He told journalists during a June set visit to the set of Zack Snyder’s “Justice League” that he wasn’t completely satisfied yet with the Batman script, explaining he has “the highest of standards” for the project. “That’s something that would have to pass a very high bar for me,” Affleck said. “It’s not just, ‘Yeah, that might be fun, let’s go try this out.’”
In addition to directing and starring in the Batman film, Affleck is writing the screenplay with DC Entertainment President and COO Geoff Johns. Also starring Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon and Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke, the film is on track to begin production this spring.
Affleck will next be seen as Batman in “Justice League,” which also stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash and Ray Fisher as Cyborg. The Zack Snyder film opens Nov. 17.
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