It would appear that Ben Affleck got the memo that telling fans that it was no longer "set" that he'd be directing The Batman, that it has "no script," and that he simply "won't do it" if it doesn't meet his standards while Warner Bros. and his co-stars say it's going to film in a couple of months...wasn't a good idea.
Yesterday, Affleck had a couple of opportunities to set the record straight and clarify where he presently stands with The Batman.
In both an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live and an interview with IGN, he made the same key statement:
I like to take time with my movies. This is nothing new. It took me over a year to get Live By Night where I wanted it. The Batman is no different. The only difference is that The Batman has a rabid, installed fan base that constantly asks me about it.
But enough of me paraphrasing Mr. Affleck. Here is the more concise and humorous version of his latest retcon on the state of The Batman:
"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 sh-t! Nobody was like, 'Where's Live by Night?!' But with Batman I keep on getting, 'Where's the f--cking Batman?!" And I'm like, 'Whoa, I'm working! Give me a second.'"
In his interview with IGN, Affleck opened up about what an insanely stacked year 2016 was for him, and how that's likely impacted his ability to get the Batman script where he wants it:
"It was a very busy year, yeah. We did the BvS press while I was finishing [post production on Live By Night]. Went right into Justice League… just finished it as I was finishing Justice League, and then had to go into promoting The Accountant, and then go into promoting this. So it’s been a busy year, but it’s very satisfying. I’m proud of all of the movies. I look forward to people seeing Justice League. But it’s a lot of work.”
With IGN, Affleck also went a little more into producer mode, hyping up where the script for The Batman currently stands:
"I’m really excited. There’s great stuff in it now, it just needs to get better and better.
"But we’re working, I think we’re ahead of the curve, and we’re excited."
So, there it is, right on schedule. Like I've said time and time again when it comes to Affleck's The Batman. Never before have I seen a film of this stature send out so many mixed signals. One week there's one thing to report, and the following week there's another. In the span of one week, we just went from the film having NO script, to having a script that has GREAT STUFF in it and is AHEAD OF THE CURVE; We've gone from IT'S NOT A SET THING to I'M GOING TO DIRECT THE NEXT BATMAN.
Stay tuned, folks. Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel, for NEXT WEEK's episode of WTF Is Up With The Batman?