After weeks of back and forth, Ben Affleck has elected to put the rumors and concerns to rest. He is directing the Batman standalone film. Again, he insists the hold up is in his taking time to get it right. During an interview with Jimmy Kimmel (via Heroic Hollywood), the director spoke about the difference between his Batman solo and Live by Night. The biggest difference between the two? No one asked about Live by Night while he worked on the script, but everyone’s clamoring for information about the former.
“I’m going to direct the next Batman, we’re working on it. It’s one of those things that’s really frustrating because Live by Night took me a year and a half to write it and get it ready, and worked really hard. It’s just that nobody gave a s—, no one was like ‘Where’s Live by Night!’ But with Batman, I keep on getting ‘Where’s the f—— Batman!’ Wow, I’m working, give me a second!”
This could explain recent news of a supposed delay to the film’s production. Again, if Affleck needs extra time, we can only hope he get it. Co-writing a film script, directing and starring in said film has to be exhausting, excruciatingly difficult work. Add to that the fact that it’s a Batman movie and the whole world is waiting with bated breath, and the pressure must be through the roof. It doesn’t help that despite Wonder Woman and Justice League’s potential greatness, audiences think the Dark Knight can turn the DCEU around.
Affleck is a proven talent both behind and in front of the camera. Like Harvey Dent, before becoming a psychopath, we have to believe in him. Most importantly, we have to believe that he too wants what’s best for the character. Even after it eventually hits theaters, the movie will always be the elephant in the room once Affleck is present. But for now, perhaps he deserves a bit of a break from having to talk about it.
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