Batman’s getting a virtual reality game for PlayStation VR this fall, a story-heavy Telltale Game later last year, a new sidekick in the comics thanks to DC Rebirth, and yes, a solo movie to star and be directed by Ben Affleck.
That movie will be an original story that pulls in certain elements from the comics but given that it’s a Ben Affleck feature, it has to be good. The three features he’s directed so far have all been nominated for Oscars and he’s not interested in taking on a movie without a great script – something he told us on the set of Justice League last week.
Geoff Johns – who recently went on record promoting DC Rebirth by saying he wants to bring hope and optimism to the DC brand – is helping Affleck develop Batman but the script that’s complete isn’t up to snuff just yet and because of it Affleck believes he won’t make the unannounced release date Warner Bros. has in mind.
While on the set of Justice League last Friday, we asked about the current Batman solo movie time frame.
Ben Affleck: I think they have a date for it. Although, I don’t know if I would necessarily be able to make that date because I don’t have a script that’s ready yet. So that’s my – my timetable is I’m not going to make a movie until there’s a script that I think is good because I’ve been on the end of the things when you make movies when you have a script that’s not good yet and it doesn’t pan out. [laughs]
Can I ask where you are in the scripting process? Do you have a draft that you’re really happy with or a story that you’re really happy with but you just need to flesh it out further?
Ben Affleck: I have a script, we’re still working on it, and I’m not happy enough with it yet to actually go out there and make a Batman movie, for which I have the highest of standards, I would say. That’s something that would have to pass a very high bar for me. It’s not just like, “yeah, that might be fun, let’s go try this out.”
Whether that’s a shot at his Daredevil movie, Gigli, or even Batman V Superman, we don’t know, but again, his own three directorial efforts (Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and Argo) sit with 90%+ ratings on Rotten Tomatoes so that’s where the bar is set for his own Batman story.
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Suicide Squad will arrive on August 5, 2016, followed by Wonder Woman on June 2, 2017; Justice League on November 17, 2017; The Flash on March 16, 2018; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film on October 5, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; an untitled DC film on November 1, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020.