The release of the next Batman movie is still up in the air, with not even a tentative date on which to cling. Surely DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. are itching to make another one so that can add it to their growing cinematic universe; however, Ben Affleck is just not ready yet.
The actor and director has stated previously that doesn’t want to rush the project. “I’m a real believer in not reverse-engineering projects to meet a window or a date,” he said. “But rather when you get the right idea, when you get the right story, you get the right thing, then you make the movie.”
That’s fair. Warner Bros. doesn’t have a stellar track record with critics when it comes to the comic book superhero genre. Sure they’ve made a lot of money from them so far, but they’ve also left a sour taste among fans for a number of reasons — lack-luster to nonsensical storytelling, disappointing interpretations of iconic characters, and etc. Being an actor, a writer, and a director, and now the inheritor of an iconic mantle, it’s not surprising that Ben Affleck wants to make this just right for everyone involved. Something that doesn’t spawn another sad face meme.
In a more recent interview with The Guardian, Affleck might not even do a Batman movie at all. At least not in the immediate, or foreseeable, future:
Though the batman costume in the foyer is from Affleck’s caped crusader in Zack Snyder’s messy Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, word is that he will get to direct his own superhero movie, tentatively titled The Batman. “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.” Ask him why he took the Batman role and he replies with characteristic honesty that he did it for his son. “Sam thinks his dad is Batman,” he laughs. “That’s an incredible feeling.”
I’ve no doubt that there will eventually be a solo Bat-fleck film, Ben Affleck seems too big of a Batman fan not to do one. However, I can’t imagine he wants a repeat of Daredevil. Especially now that he has more creative control over his character. So like Batman, Affleck will strike when he’s good and ready, damn it!
In the meantime, we’ll just have to be content with his appearances in the many other DC films that are coming.