Once the new ‘Justice League‘ movie comes out, there will have been 11 movies featuring Batman released in theaters, which is a lot of movies for one superhero, especially considering the fact that unlike a lot of other heroes, more often than not Batman is working alone. All of which helps explain why Ben Affleck is taking his time with working on his solo ‘Batman’ film, and making sure that every aspect of that script is as good as it possibly can be before leaking any more details to the press. At this point all we know is that the major villain is going to be Deathstroke played by Joe Manganiello, and that part of the film might take place at Arkham Asylum, but other than that we do not have any real details, not even the name of the movie. For while Affleck recently came out and told us it would be called ‘The Batman,’ he quickly retracted the statement, proving that he is just as skittish as anyone about the details of the film.
And who can blame him considering the current state of the DC cinematic universe. ‘Batman V Superman‘ was a mess, ‘Suicide Squad‘ was not any better, though at least it had some entertaining moments and got some fans excited, and who knows what ‘Justice League’ is going to look like. There’s a good chance that a lot of Warner Bros studio folks are looking at Affleck as their big chance to make a real film in this universe that will be praised by both fans and critics alike, and will be able to stand alongside the best of what Nolan did during his heyday with the ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy. So Affleck is in full Batman research mode, working diligently to produce that film.
According to a recent conversation with IGN, Affleck stated:
“Last night I spent (time) working on the script. I’m in full-on ‘trying to get it right mode’. It’s not the kind of movie that you can fail quietly at. You have to really be sure that I have something that I feel really confident about before we go forward.”
What are your thoughts here? Is it fair to put the fate of the DCEU on Affleck’s shoulders? Are you excited to see what he comes up with for ‘Batman?’ Or are you worried that no matter what he does, there’s no way it will live up to the hype? Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!
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