If you've gotten the feeling that Ben Affleck would much rather talk about anything else but Batman, it's not you're imagine. Seriously, the film doesn't even have an official start date yet, but he's already tired of discussing it.
“Oh, my God, it’s such a pain in the ass," he told "Entertainment Tonight Canada." "It’s like every time I mention Batman it gets this huge clickbait. When I was doing this movie it took me two years to get it together, but nobody ever asked me, ‘Where’s "Live by Night"?’ You know? They ask me ‘Batman, Batman, Batman.’ Batman’s coming along, it’s going to be great. We’re going to make something really special. We’re going to take the time to make it right. We’re going to do it good.”
Although some may find it difficult to sympathize with the actor/director, he does have a point. Virtually every interview about his period crime drama inevitably turns to the Batman film, and his every utterance -- about the script, about the schedule, about the title -- makes headlines.
Affleck made similar remarks last week on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," explaining, “It’s one of those things that’s really frustrating. 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!'”
While Warner Bros. has confirmed a 2018 release for the film, which may or may not be called "The Batman," Affleck insists there's no hard date for production to begin. However, it apparently is on track for cameras to roll sometime this spring. That is, if Affleck is satisfied with the script, which he's co-writing with Geoff Johns, DC Entertainment's president and chief creative officer.
“I’m not going to write and direct anything that I don’t think is good enough to be made," he said last month. "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.”
So there you have it. Just please, stop asking him about Batman.
Starring Affleck as Bruce Wayne, you-know-what also features Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon and Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke. It'll arrive in theaters ... sometime.