Movies are complicated things. There’s a script to be written, and re-written, edited, and shown to others. There’s the need to find the right actors and actresses, also the right directors and producers. And a myriad of other problems we honestly don’t know about. When it comes to comic movies? The complications grow infinitely. That seems to be what’s happening to the Ben Affleck film, The Batman.
In case you didn’t know, after Affleck’s arrival in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, many wanted his own solo film featuring his Batman. So, Affleck was tasked with writing, directing, producing, and starring in the film, which he happily accepted. Furthermore, Affleck himself revealed that DC Comics fan-favorite villain Deathstroke would be making his film debut in The Batman.
Everyone is excited! Except it seems for Ben Affleck. The actor/writer/director has revealed numerous times that if things don’t go the way he wants them to in the script, he won’t do the film. The latest of these statements came in a conversation with The Guardian. He notes that though The Batman has a “release window” and that he’s attached to it, if it doesn’t come together, he won’t do the film. Is it ok for this to happen?
For me? Yes, yes it is. Mainly because of what the DCEU has gone through so far in regards to the critical panning of BVS and Suicide Squad. Despite both being box office smashes, the reviews weren’t so kind in many regards. Also recall, that Affleck was in another superhero film that got panned, Daredevil. He HATED that movie, and only became Batman in the DCEU after being shown the script for BVS and being given great details on what this Batman would be like.
So it’s hard to criticize someone who simply wants to make a great film. Especially one based on one of the most acclaimed characters of all time in Batman. After all, if it fails in any way, everyone will blame Affleck, can you really blame him for being cautious? Or even nervous?
Now yes, the film can easily come together next week, or next month, he’s got time. I say, let him use it, and give us the best Batman film he can.