Affleck made EW‘s Entertainers of the Year 2016 list for his roles in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice and the upcoming vintage crime thriller Live By Night. In an interview, EW brought up the topic of The Batman, which Affleck will direct and co-write with DC Entertainment’s Geoff Johns. Here’s what Affleck had to say about the progress of the script:
“I’m… not going to write and direct anything that I don’t think is good enough to be made. I’m definitely going to make sure I have something that is special-there’s not enough money in the world to make a mediocre version of Batman worth it.”
Which is great news. The last thing the world needs is another Batman & Robin. Judging by Affleck’s previous film offerings like Argo, The Town, and Gone Baby Gone, he will undoubtedly give us a legendary Batman movie. Affleck’s appearance in Suicide Squad was one of that film’s highlights. And with the announcement of a Gotham City Sirens movie, it’s fair to speculate he might make an appearance there.
So far, the only known casting for Affleck’s The Batman is Joe Manganiello as the villain Deathstroke. It’s likely that JK Simmons will reprise his Justice League role of Commissioner James Gordon. No release date is etched in stone yet, but rumors circulate it’ll hit theaters in 2018.
Affleck’s next movie, Live By Night, is in theaters January 13, 2017. Zoe Saldana, Scott Eastwood, Brendan Gleeson, Chris Cooper, and Elle Fanning co-star. Affleck directs from his own script, adapted from the novel by Dennis Lehane.