Ben Affleck Confirms He Will Direct The Batman, Says He's "Working on it"

"Give me a second!"


Ben Affleck has confirmed that he will direct the standalone Batman movie, and that the script is still being worked on. There have been recent rumours that the film's production may have moved back, and that Affleck might not even direct, but he has now stated that he will definitely helm the movie.

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Appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to promote his new movie Live By Night, Affleck said: "I'm going to direct the next Batman. We're working on it. It's one of those things that's really frustrating because like Live by Night took me a year-and-a-half to write it and get it ready. And I worked really hard. It's just nobody gave a s**t! Nobody was like, 'Where's Live by Night?'

"But with Batman I keep on getting, 'Where's the f**king Batman?!' And I'm like, 'Whoa, I'm working! Give me a second!'"

This follows an unconfirmed report this week from Batman-On-Film that the film, tentatively titled The Batman, would no longer begin production this spring. Earlier this month, Affleck himself seemed non-committal on the issue of whether he would direct it, stating: "If [the script] doesn't come together in a way I think is really great I'm not going to do it."

There has been speculation that The Batman could come out in summer 2018, though this is not confirmed.

Affleck also commented on the recently released image from the upcoming Justice League, that shows him alongside the likes of Wonder Woman and Aquaman. Responding to Kimmel's comment on his muscular appearance, Affleck said: "I make that look pretty good! That's not bad!"

Justice League hits theaters on November 16, 2017.

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    Avatar image for wtf_damn

    anyway this movie with warcraft and deadpool...scraps of 2016

    Avatar image for Johny_47

    If it's anything as dark and brutal as films like Gone Baby Gone it'll be wicked, I hope he's not held back by bull shit, for him to do his own thing, who knows, maybe it'll be as wicked as the Tim Burton Batman films ; )

    Avatar image for dogpigfish

    On the bright side, it couldn't be worse than Batman Vs Superman. Only one way to go.

    Avatar image for straightcur

    Can't blame the guy. He's trying to promote his other work and all he gets asked about constantly is Batman. I'd much rather he went silent about it and we hear nothing else until the final trailer is released, hopefully spoiler free.

    Avatar image for quothage

    Afflecks Batman was excrutiating. I'd rather never see another Batman than one that involved him.

    Avatar image for spike6958

    Awesome. Affleck's Batman was honestly the only redeeming part of BvS. Glad to hear he's also not rushing the movie, might mean we actually get something decent out of DC's new "Cinematic Universe".