Ben Affleck shoots down rumors he may no longer direct The Batman

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Jan 10, 2017

When it was revealed that Ben Affleck had been tapped to write and direct the Dark Knight's first solo entry in Warner Bros.’ new DC Extended Universe (not his first solo movie ever, as you guys know), the Internet approved. But a recent piece in The Guardian started planting seeds of doubt in everyone's mind concerning Affleck's desire to helm the movie, and news rumor that The Batman's release date may be pushed back got fans even more worried about the film.

Well, good news, everyone, because it looks like we can all let out a huge sigh of relief, since Affleck himself set the record straight vis-à-vis his commitment to the comic book movie during his appearance on last night’s installment of Jimmy Kimmel Live! Affleck even got a little bit testy (all in jest, I'm sure) when he was asked about The Batman (a question he apparently seems to be asked constantly). Here’s what the Live by Night director told Kimmel:

"I'm gonna direct the next Batman, we're working on it. It's one of those things that's really frustrating because 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 that nobody gave a sh*t, no one was like 'Where's Live by Night?' But with Batman I keep on getting ‘Where’s the f—ing Batman!' Woah, I'm working! Give me a second!"

So that's that. Ben Affleck is still hammering away at the script for The Batman, and he is indeed directing the movie, so that's good news. Until then, the Oscar-winning actor will reprise the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in director Zack Snyder's Justice League, which is set to open on Nov. 17.

(via Coming Soon)