Fans of Ben Affleck’s Batman will probably hate and love this update. Hate because it doesn’t seem like it is any closer to getting made, and love because Affleck is really taking his time to make sure he creates something special.
During a recent live chat with The New York Times, the 44-year-old actor/writer/director was asked to provide an update for his upcoming Batman standalone film.
He explained that he’s trying to take a smarter approach. Instead of building something around a deadline, he wants to build something around a great script, which is how it’s supposed to work.
“I’m a real believer in not doing, not reverse engineering projects to meet a window or a date, but rather like when you get the right story or you get the right idea or you get the right thing, then you make the movie. And so that’s what we’re doing, and I’m hoping to get that done and spending a lot of time on that, but I’m also working on other stuff. And if I could, if I can find it right then there’s nothing I’d love more than to direct a standalone, you know, iconic great Batman movie.”
And that “reverse engineering” comment could be a shot at Warner Bros. The studio has been accused of doing that exact thing with its Justice League franchise. Instead of making you fall in love with the individual characters and building their stories separately, they’re doing the opposite by throwing them in one giant pot at the same time.
That’s fine if all you care about is making a deadline and releasing a new film every year. But if you care about the actual story, it doesn’t work.
We might have to wait a few years for Affleck’s Batman movie, but we’re confident it will be worth the wait.[mashshare]