Ben Affleck has morphed from a sought-after actor and Oscar-winning screenwriter to one of the best directors working today, as evidenced by films like Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and the Oscar-winning Argo. It looks like the actor/writer/director’s next two projects are being delayed, though, because of a new role he’s fulfilling: as the incumbent Dark Knight on film.
According to Variety, Affleck’s next two projects — The Accountant as an actor and Live By Night as a director — have been delayed. The Accountant, where he stars as an accountant who moonlights as an assassin, has been pushed back from its original release date of January 29th, 2016 to October 7th that same year. Live By Night, on the other hand, is Affleck’s first directorial project since Argo. Originally slated to release on October 7th, 2016, it’s now been moved to an unknown date in 2017.
Speculation as to what exactly has caused the delay seems to be centered on the recent rumors surrounding the development of Warner Bros. Pictures’ next solo Batman film, in which Affleck is sure to star. Recent rumors also claimed that Affleck would also be co-writing and directing the film, along with DC Comics’ Chief Creative Officer and acclaimed comic book writer Geoff Johns. Johns, who has experience adapting DC Comics characters on television and in video games, is also attached in a creative position to the upcoming film based on The Flash starring Ezra Miller, at different points writing an actual treatment for that film, while also serving as a creative consultant (Johns is responsible for two different acclaimed runs on The Flash in comics).
WB reportedly has a fair amount of hope in the awards season for Affleck’s next directorial project, and delaying Live By Night to 2017 likely gives Affleck enough breathing room to make the film on his terms. The Accountant is a bit more of a mystery, though, since production wrapped this summer. Since its new release date is the one originally assigned to Live By Night, it’s possible the studio simply wants another Affleck film in that spot, but nine months is a long time to delay a film that’s already completed.
Affleck will make his debut as Batman in March’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, alongside Henry Cavill as Superman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. The DC Comics crossover film is going to be the second to take place in the planned DC Comics-based cinematic universe, following up on 2013’s Man of Steel and to be followed in August 2016 by Suicide Squad. For more on this as it takes shape, keep it locked on GeekNation!
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