The Batman solo film is one of those films that has no real definitive truths, while Ben Affleck has said many times he is not ready to start filming his solo Batman film, members of the cast has already said the film is getting ready to start pre-production.
The most recent of these confirmations was when Joe Manganiello, who is playing Slade Wilson/Deathstroke claiming he begins work on the film “this year”. It was also announced a few days ago that Justice League 2 was no longer being released in 2019 to make way for the Batman film.
Now Ben Affleck has decided to clear the air and give his reasons why he is not yet ready to start work on the film during an interview with The New York Times for their TimesTalks series.
“We still have to get a screenplay and get it together,” Affleck explained. “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, the right idea, 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, there’s nothing I’d love more than to direct a stand-alone iconic, great Batman movie. But it’s been done. Chris Nolan did three really great movies. I’m really mindful of that. I’m not in any hurry to jam the mediocre movie down the pipe. I really want to make sure, if we do it, we get the great version and one that’s worthy of tradition of guys like Tim Burton, Chris Nolan, and Christian Bale.”
Ben Affleck returns as Batman next in Justice League on November 17, 2017.