– by Joseph Jammer Medina

This past year has been a trying one for the relationship between Ben Affleck and the DC Extended Universe. The man started off as a co-writer and director of a standalone Batman film in this universe. However, after months of developing a script, Affleck slowly started to a make his way to the exit of this universe.

He dropped out as director of The Batman, and based on everything we’ve heard, he’s pretty much guaranteed to be out for the standalone Batman flick. So there you have it. Affleck had a short and trying affair with Batman, and with Justice League behind us, we can now move forward, fully ready to take on a Batman with less baggage.

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Not so fast. While Affleck couldn’t find his way into the director’s chair in the immediate future, he isn’t ruling out the possibility for the more distant future. Speaking with Daily Sabah, when asked about him potentially coming back to helm a Batman film, he said:

“For me, it’s interesting, and I always evaluate this stuff on the merit of the material. I want to direct a Batman movie, and I never got a script that I was happy with, so they are starting over and writing another script. And right now, I think a lot of different possibilities I think for the way the DC Universe could go, and I will just follow my interests in pursuing that. And I know that I love working with this group of people, and it was a real joy for me to make this movie.”

In a knee-jerk reaction, it was easy for me to get annoyed at this thought. After all the back-and-forth, do we really want to do this dance again? However, after thinking it through, I can’t help but feel a bit positive about it.

We all wanted a great Batman film. However, Affleck was confident enough to know when to abandon a project. To him, the script wasn’t there, and if he had been forced to go through with it, it’s possible we could have been left with a total dud of a film, which no one wants. Being a great filmmaker sometimes means having the confidence to step away when you can’t quite nail something, and this certainly seems to be an example of that.

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SOURCE: Daily Sabah

  • Kindofabigdeal

    Give me a Batman detective film directed by Affleck and I will be happy.

  • Deathstroke936

    As much as like Affleck as a director and as Batman… I can’t help but feel there is a level of toxicity from the general audience towards most of the DC films. Fair or not, its there… evidenced by how the public responded to JL.

    Affleck could deliver the best Batman movie ever, and the audience would ignore it. I would suggest … give it time, let’s wait for Aquaman (I believe in Wan) and then Shazam and Wonder Woman. If these are “great / really good” films… then perhaps the audience (and critics) would give DC some needed goodwill.

  • the50sguystrikesback

    I, personally, love Affleck as Batman and I hope he continues in the role, but if they end up going with a new actor…he MUST (physically) embody the role as Affleck has. I swear to God if I see ONE more 5’10 to 6’0 Batman with molded abs in a rubber suit….I will PUKE (seriously).


      Arnie Hammer should be the new Batman, he’s physically a match and will be getting some Oscar buzz next month from his role in “Call Me By Your Name”. His only other stand out role was for playing twins in “The Social Network” and that failure of a reboot “The Lone Ranger”.

  • Victor Roa

    will he? wont he? will he? wont he?
    This is bad timing becase we are all eager for Matt Reeves film instead, maybe 2 years ago, maybe

  • Danny B

    The phrase ‘Shit or get off the pot’ always springs to mind when I read Ben’s comments regarding a Batman film….ffs

  • C. Christopher

    I’m willing to see what he can do. Maybe they’ll put Matt Damon as Robin.

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.