For the first time, Ben Affleck has now officially confirmed that he’s directing the new Batman film for Warner Bros. The confirmation came in an interview on The Jimmy Kimmel Show in the US. And whilst he’s not committed to an exact timescale, his quote to Kimmel doesn’t leave much wiggle room.
“I’m gonna direct the next Batman, we’re working on it. It’s one of those things that’s really frustrating because with Live By Night it took me a year and a half to write it and get it ready and I worked really hard. It’s just no one gave a shit. No one was like, ‘where’s Live By Night?’ But with Batman I keep getting the, ‘where’s the f–king Batman?’ I’m like, ‘whoa, I’m working! Give me a second!'”, Affleck said.
This also does tally with the rumour that the film has been delayed a little, as Affleck tries to get the script to where he wants it to be. A report – unconfirmed, we should note – at Batman On Film suggests that The Batman will not now start filming until the summer (the original plan was apparently the spring), and if true, Warner Bros would instead presumably look for either a late 2018 release, or a summer 2019 bow.
Things may become clear once the final cut of Justice League is delivered, and once Ben Affleck has completed promotional duties for his latest directorial effort, Live By Night. Chatting to IGN for the movie, Affleck has calmed the waters a little, noting of the script that “there’s great stuff in it now, it just needs to get better and better”. He noted that it took him more than a year to get the script for Live By Night to where he wanted it, adding “hopefully it won’t take me that long for Batman. We’re working, I think we’re ahead of the curve, and we’re excited”.