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.
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