Whether Ben Affleck’s new action thriller “The Accountant” will draw in the DC Comics movie faithful remains to be seen, but its promotional interviews have already proved a treasure trove of Batman-related information. Over the weekend, the actor discussed the Dark Knight’s newly revealed tactical suit from “Justice League,” and now he has confirmed the likely title of the announced Batmansolo movie.
“The movie, I think, is going to be called ‘The Batman,'” Affleck told The Associated Press. “At least that’s what we’re going with now.”
“That’s about it right now,” he added. “That’s all I got. We’re working on the script, the script is going well. I’m really excited about it, and I assure you that when there’s anything that develops you’ll hear about it.”
That last part likely suggests Affleck is just a little tired of being asked about “Justice League” and Batman while he’s trying to promote a film that opens next week.
While the big news is obviously the working title for the solo film — “The Batman” is also the name of an animated series that aired from 2004 to 2008 — it’s also important to note that Affleck said the script is “going well.” What’s more, he’s “really excited about it.” That stands in stark contrast to his comments in June, when he suggested he wouldn’t make the movie until he was please with the script.
“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,” he told a group of journalists on the London set of “Justice League.” “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.’”
Going from “not happy” to “excited” over the course of four months would seem to indicate significant progress on the script, which Affleck is writing with DC Entertainment President Geoff Johns.
Affleck will also direct and star in the movie, joined by Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon and Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke. Although no release date has been announced for “The Batman,” Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes told investors late last month that the film is “a year and a half out.” However, it’s unclear whether he meant that timeline for the start of production or theatrical release (the former seems more likely).
Affleck will next appear as Batman in director Zack Snyder’s “Justice League,” alongside Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller and Ray Fisher. It arrives in theaters Nov. 17, 2017.
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