‘Batman vs. Superman’ Forces Ben Affleck’s ‘Live by Night’ To Be Delayed

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We’ve been anticipating a change for the production timeline on Ben Affleck’s next directorial project, Live by Night, ever since Zack Snyder’s Batman vs. Superman – starring Affleck as an older, battle-hardened version of the Caped Crusader – saw its release date pushed back by some 10 months. Prior to then, Affleck’s followup as director to his Best Picture Oscar-winning historical drama/thriller Argo, was slated to arrive on Christmas Day 2015.

Live by Night, for those who’re unfamiliar, is based on the novel written by Dennis Lehane, whose literature has been adapted to film before by such prestigious directors as Clint Eastwood (Mystic River), Martin Scorsese (Shutter Island), and even Affleck himself (Gone, Baby, Gone).

Affleck, in addition to directing and producing, also intends to headline Live by Night as Joe Coughlin: a Boston man who, despite a strict upbringing by his police captain father, chooses to make his living as a criminal in Prohibition-era America, on his way to serving the most powerful mobsters in his home city. But, of course, such a lifestyle is difficult to maintain, amidst the continuing power struggle between the most ruthless (and ferocious) lawbreakers of Boston…

Lehane’s source novel sounds like rich dramatic material just waiting to be mined. Indeed, a Live by Night film adaptation could perhaps serve as a more intimate examination of subjects that have also been covered in HBO’s Boardwalk Empire TV show, with its focus on the experiences of just one man in the 1920s (rather than an ensemble of powerful historical figures, a la Boardwalk).

That said, between the later-than-expected start date for the Man of Steel sequel and Affleck needing time later this year to promote David Fincher’s Gone Girl (which he costars in), it comes as little surprise to learn – via The Wrap – that Warner Bros. has moved Live By Night‘s U.S. debut back more than nine months, from December 25th, 2015 to October 7th, 2016.

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Ben Affleck in David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’

December 2015 is quite packed, with such box office heavyweight contenders as Star Wars: Episode VII, Kung Fu Panda 3, and Mission: Impossible 5 all slated to open in theaters. While that doesn’t necessarily mean Live by Night would’ve gotten lost in the shuffle (had it stuck with its previous date), the new October launch pad should allow it more room to breathe. Plus, that September/October frame has served Affleck the director well in the past, as both The Town and Argo did solid box office business opening during those months.

As for Affleck’s superhero duties: Warner Bros. has confirmed that Snyder will direct a Justice League movie after he finishes Batman vs. Superman, with Affleck reprising his Caped Crusader in that DC superhero team-up. Rumor has it that Snyder will shoot the Man of Steel sequel and Justice League back-to-back, but the new date for Live by Night suggests that might not be the case – and that, instead, Affleck could wind up getting a break to shoot his own movie, before putting his Batsuit on again. Best to wait and see on that one, though.


Live by Night opens in U.S. theaters on October 7th, 2016.

Source: The Wrap

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  1. This would be the first time I have had second thoughts about Affleck as Batman.
    I’ve got no problem with him playing Bruce/Bats, but I was hoping it wouldn’t interrupt his plans to continue his own projects. Of which he is batting 100% thus far in my opinion.

    That said why couldn’t they do SvB and JL back to back and still accommodate an Oct 2016 release date for Live by Night?
    If principle photography is set to begin on SvB now, how long would it take to shoot both movies? Even if they shot for a year straight that would still leave over a year, close to a year and a half, for Live by Night. Or am I way off base here?

    • Nah, you’re not. I changed the end of the article a little, to make it clearer that Live by Night’s new date doesn’t completely rule out JL and BvS shooting back to back. ;-)

      • Fair enough!

        Good article BTW.

    • I`m starting to believe that they are not shooting SvB and JL back-to-back because they need time to introduce the other heroes in standalone movies before JL. It would make more sense, since there isn´t even a proper script for JL afaik. The story probably exists but the fine tuning is still quite time consuming.

  2. Either Way it’s good thing.

  3. Yes! …make path for the DC Universe Affleck concentrate on the most powerful character you will ever play.

  4. If that extra time is not because of JL’s filming then I’ll be disappointed. Affleck’s recent films have been decent movies.

  5. Really good article!! I am also extremely curios if he is going to do BvS and JL and then Live by Night or Bvs- Live by Night and then JL. The second version sounds more realistic in my oppinion. I guess we’ll found out this summer at San Diego Comic Con.

  6. Of all the Scorsese classics, you chose the inconsequential Shutter Island? Ok…

    • My bad, Lehane wrote the novels that spawned Mystic River and Shutter Island. Neither is exactly something to be proud of though.

      • I never knew it was a novel but u must
        have a bad taste in film to think Mystic River is a bad movie.. Shutter Island.. Meh.. but come that moment when Sean Penn comes onto the crime scene screaming about his daughter is very emotional and is prolly what won him his Oscar for the film..

        • Both novels are quite good, but Live by Night is Lehane’s best. It’s way too much material to film, though. I want to believe it could be good, but it’s a story that spans decades…seems very hard to film well.


  8. No no Ben, please, PROCEED! By ALL means, keep cranking on that new movie and let’s just forget about that little part you’re up for called “Batman”, I’m sure we can get someone more…..qualified.

  9. That movie Live by Night sounds cool.

  10. They’re gonna work together to fight Doomsday at the end.

  11. Ben SUCKED AS DAREDEVIL he will be worse as Batman he will ruin it

    • And you will go see both BvS and Justice League LOL! All the fanboy haters will and they will have to say good movies! MoS was awesome. If you know the cannon he does kill. I’m tired of the goody goody boy scout cheesy movies with Christopher Reeve. If you like cheesy superhero movies fine, but I like some good action that MoS brought and serious tone.