Ben Affleck’s track record both in front and behind the camera, like many others who work in Tinseltown, has been a journey of hills and valleys. He’s had his share of success’ and failures so it’s completely understandable that he seems to have decided to move forward cautiously on a project as large and important as The Batman.
Though Affleck’s Live by Night, which is currently in theaters, is receiving mixed reviews from critics, behind the camera, Affleck has been somewhat of a “golden boy”with success’ such as Gone Baby Gone, The Town and Argo going as far as winning an Oscar at the Academy Awards. His performances in superhero roles, however, have not been met with the same acceptance from some fans and film critics including his most recent portray of the Dark Knight in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In light of these factors and the absence of a strong script, it is completely understandable that he is moving forward cautiously on The Batman.
Due to the lackluster response by many to BvS, it goes without saying that there’s a lot of pressure on Warner Bros. and Affleck that this next project be a home run at the box office and with fans. That is, if Affleck is even in the film. In a recent interview with The Guardian, Affleck was asked if the solo Batman film would be his next project and here is how he smartly replied: “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.”
Now, here’s the troubling part of Affleck’s comment. It’s been reported that both Affleck and comic book writer extraordinaire Geoff Johns have been working together on the script for some time now. But Affleck speaks as if no script exists at all. If this should prove to be the case, then it makes perfect sense for Affleck to make the comment that he did about being involved with the project in any capacity. Most assuredly, he is not interested in delivering another disappointing film to audiences, not to mention Warner Bros.
With The Batman being pushed up in the production schedule ahead of the Justice League sequel, it’s more than likely that shooting will begin within the next few months and when that happens we’ll know for sure about Ben Affleck’s involvement in the project. Stay tuned, kids.
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