Ben Affleck recently gave an in-depth interview to reports while on the Justice League set. While Affleck confirmed that Justice League would be lighter and more humorous compared to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, he also confirmed that he would indeed be directing a standalone Batman film at some point down the road.
“Why I’m an executive producer is because I’m directing another one of the movies, and so there’s some cross pollination of story and characters and I don’t want to give any stuff of that away, but it just basically means that there might be some things that happen in my Batman that are affected by [this film],” Affleck states. “Here we are in the police station in Gotham City, so there’s an example of something that might potentially also exist in that story.”
“It’s a creative way that DC came up with, both being a filmmaker driven company and entity and also making sure that the right hand sort of knows what the left hand is doing.” Affleck explained. “If there’s collaboration and supervision, so somebody doesn’t go sailing off causing problems for your movie with their movie. Basically, it’s also in a way a kind of courtesy. You know what they’re doing and so one hand knows what the other is doing. I get to weigh in on stuff that impacts the Batman stuff.”
“I think they have a date for it,” Affleck stated unsurely. “Although I don’t know that I would necessarily be able to make that date. I don’t have a script that’s ready yet. My timetable is just that I’m not going to make a movie until there’s a script that I think is good, because I’ve been on the end of things when you make movies with a script that’s not good yet and it doesn’t pan out.
“I have a script. We’re still working on it and I’m not happy enough with it yet to actually go out there and make a Batman movie, which I would have the highest of standards I would say. It’s something that would have to pass a very high bar for me. It’s not like, ‘Yeah, this might be fun. Let’s go bang this out.’”
The writing of said script is being handled with the masterful assistance of DC Entertainment Chief Creative Officer and new co-head of DC Films Geoff Johns.
Suicide Squad premieres on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 16, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020.