While talking to The New York Times during a recent Facebook live Q&A, Ben Affleck opened up about his solo Batman movie. He explained why he's taking his time with developing the project. It sounds like fans are going to have to be patient with this one because Affleck isn't interested in rushing out a mediocre film. He said:
"We still have to get a screenplay and get it together. I’m a real believer in not reverse engineering projects to meet a window or a date, but rather when you get the right story, the right idea, the right thing, then you make the movie. That’s what we’re doing, and I’m hoping to get that done. I’m spending a lot of time working on that, but also working on other stuff.
"If I could, there’s nothing I’d love more than to direct a stand-alone iconic, great Batman movie. But it’s been done. Chris Nolan did three really great movies. I’m mindful of that. I’m not in any hurry to jam the mediocre movie down the pipe. I really want to make sure, if we do it, we get the great version and one that’s worthy of tradition of guys like Tim Burton, Chris Nolan, and Christian Bale."
I respect that fact that Affleck is taking his time with this film project and that he's only interested in giving us the best possible Batman film that it can be. Hopefully, the studio learns something from this because they've had directosr pumping out those mediocre DC films. Affleck has the integrity to actually make sure that he has a solid story and script before he rushes into production.
It seems like Warner Bros. is still trying to push him a bit, though, to get it done because they recently moved the Justice League sequel back to make room to release The Batman first. But as you can see, Affleck clearly isn't going to start production on the film until he feels that it's ready. It seems like Warner Bros. will be forced to wait until it finally all comes together. The filmmaker went on to talk about how Daredevil played a role in convincing him to make the Batman movie saying:
"Part of it was I wanted for once to get one of these movies and do it right - to do a good version. I hate Daredevil so much.
“It frustrated me. The Netflix show does really cool stuff. I feel like that was there for us to do with that character, and we never kind of got it right. I wanted to do one of those movies and sort of get it right.”
When he does find the right story to tell and he's ready to move forward, hopefully Affleck delivers something special that fans will love.