We heard the rumors that Ben Affleck would direct a Batman movie. Warner Bros president Kevin Tsujihara off-handedly said that Affleck would be directing a Batman movie. But it still wasn't official. It wasn't a done deal. But today it's about as official as it's gonna get until Affleck starts shooting: while interviewed on the set of Justice League, Ben Affleck said he's directing a Batman movie.
A lot of people are looking forward to your perspective in a solo Batman movie, do you have a timeframe as to when you might want to see it in theaters?
I think they have a date for it. Although, I don’t know if I would necessarily be able to make that date because I don’t have a script that’s ready yet. So that’s my, my timetable is I’m not going to make a movie until there’s a script that I think is good because I’ve been on the end of the things when you make movies when you have a script that’s not good yet and it doesn’t pan out. [laughs]
Can I ask where you are in the scripting process? Do you have a draft that you’re really happy with or a story that you’re really happy with but you just need to flesh it out further?
I have a script, we’re still working on it, and I’m not happy enough with it yet to actually go out there and make a Batman movie, for which I have the highest of standards, I would say. That’s something that would have to pass a very high bar for me. It’s not just like, “Yeah, that might be fun, let’s go try this out.”
During the interview Affleck also mentioned that he would be interested in pursuing "The World's Greatest Detective" angle of Batman more in his film, which is music to my ears.
We're not sure which Untitled DC Movie on WB's schedule is The Batman, but here's hoping Affleck gets that script sorted out soon.