Ben Affleck doesn't plan to let studio interference mess up his Batman movie

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Sep 16, 2019, 7:51 PM EDT (Updated)

When Warner Bros. signed up Ben Affleck to play the new Batman, it seemed a foregone conclusion the actor-turned-director would eventually helm his own take on the Dark Knight. Along with being an excellent director, Affleck is also a die hard Batman fan.

Match made in heaven right? Well, yes. But that doesn't mean Affleck is in a huge hurry to make it happen. While speaking to the New York Times as part of the Time Talks series, Affleck opened up about his approach to a Batman movie and why he doesn’t want it to fall into a lot of the same traps that have become commonplace in the superhero movie business. You know, like setting release dates before you actually have ideas in place.

Here’s an excerpt from his comments:

“We still have to get a screenplay and get it together. … I’m a real believer in not reverse-engineering projects to meet a window or a date, but rather when you get the right story, when the right idea, when the right thing, then you make the movie. That’s what we’re doing, and I’m hoping to get that done. I’m spending a lot of time working on that, but also working on other stuff.

If I could, if I could find it right, there’s nothing I’d love more than to direct a standalone, iconic, great Batman movie. But it’s been done. Chris Nolan did three really great movies. I’m really mindful of that. I’m in not any hurry to jam the mediocre movie down the pipe. I really want to make sure that, if we do it, we get the great version and one that’s worthy of the tradition of guys like Tim Burton, Chris Nolan, and Christian Bale.”

Sure, Affleck’s movie could turn out to be awful, but at least he’s taking a patient and measured approach to getting the bones of the story and script together. It also sounds like Affleck is gunning for a Batman movie that can largely stand alone from the DCEU (though it’ll almost certainly have some connective tissue, since that seems to be a trend at this point). 

What do you think? Is Affleck on the right track with his Batman project?

(Via /Film, New York Times)