While fans would love to see an Oscar-winner as a director helming a Batman movie, it seems Ben Affleck’s spot as director of the proposed new solo Batman film is not as sure as we originally thought.
The film, currently called The Batman, is in a small bit of limbo as Affleck told The Guardian he’s going to wait and see what kind of script he can develop with DC Comics president Geoff Johns before committing to running the show.
“That’s the idea. 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.”
Affleck doesn’t have a huge directing resume, but it’s certainly an impressive one. His first feature length film, Gone Baby Gone in 2007, earned an Oscar nomination for actress Amy Ryan and earned $34.4 million at the box office.
He kicked it up a notch in 2010 with The Town about the battle between a thief and an FBI agent, and then Argo in 2012, which one the Oscar for best picture.
The Batman would have to follow in the footsteps of the Dark Knight trilogy led by Christopher Nolan, which earned a combined $2.4 billion in global box office. Affleck’s first outing as the caped crusader in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice fell short of the last two Dark Knight films, earning $868.2 million, compared to more than $1 billion each for The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises.
DC appears to be in no hurry to get The Batman into production. No schedule has been developed yet, either for filming or even for a release. The only thing known for sure is that Affleck will return to play Bruce Wayne and his brooding alter-ego.
We also know the film will include Deathstroke as the villain, played by True Blood veteran Joe Manganiello. Affleck will surround himself with Oscar-winning actors with Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon.
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