There has been a lot of speculation lately concerning Ben Affleck and whether he’s going to direct The Batman for Warner Bros. Some feel that the film is in trouble as it doesn’t have a script yet, though Affleck maintains that press tours and work on other movies simply kept him too busy to give it the attention it deserves in 2016. Even if he doesn’t have the script where he wants it, though, Affleck has definitely been thinking about what it will take to make the movie happen.
As it turns out, there’s one item in particular that Affleck will need if he’s going to direct The Batman in addition to starring in it. To pull off his dual roles for the film he’s going to need the costuming department to make some changes to the Batsuit.
Speaking with USA Today while doing promotion for his new movie Live by Night, Affleck mentions that he’s going to need to have the Batsuit modified if he does direct The Batman. The current Batsuit design is too difficult to put on and take off, meaning that costume changes after his scenes would take him away from other actors and slow down production. As Affleck explains it:
“I know what’s it’s like to be in the suit. We’ll have to modify the suit to make it a little bit easier to put on and take off. When you are in it, you can be sweating, crazy and exhausted, do your part and walk away. But when you’re a director, you can’t walk away. You have to be there for everybody. … Chief among the challenges of doing Batman, will be finding a suit that’s more comfortable.”
It’s not uncommon for superhero costumes to change between films, sometimes drastically. Batman has had multiple costumes over the years, including the much-hated Batman Forever and Batman & Robin costumes that came complete with bat-nipples. It’s possible that creating a functional change like this wouldn’t alter the overall look drastically, but even if it did, then it could likely be explained away within the story itself.
Fans who hope to see Affleck’s take on a Batman film should see this as good news, as the actor/director is obviously putting a lot of thought into what it will take to pull the movie off. This may all be moot if the script doesn’t come together, but it at least shows that his mindset is shifting from last year’s projects to getting The Batman underway. Perhaps a new suit is just what he needs to get the pieces to all come together for the best Batman film to date.