After last week's internet melt down following Ben Affleck's own off the cuff comments about The Batman, and tons of false rumors following suit. Affleck himself, while promoting his latest film Live By Night has finally put an end to all the chaos and squashed those terrible rumors!
First up was an interview with the good folks over at IGN via Screenrant, followed by an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! via Batman-News where he addressed all of the craziness.
Affleck first confirmed that 2016 has been a packed year, with an executive producing and directing workload that left little time for anything else:
“It was a very busy year, yeah. We did the BvS press while I was finishing [post production on Live By Night]. Went right into Justice League… just finished it as I was finishing Justice League, and then had to go into promoting The Accountant, and then go into promoting this. So it’s been a busy year, but it’s very satisfying. I’m proud of all of the movies. I look forward to people seeing Justice League… but it’s a lot of work.”
Via Screenrant: Considering that workload, and taking Affleck’s claims of wanting to do The Batman right at face value, the script remaining ‘under construction’ isn’t all that surprising. Affleck went a step further, voicing his excitement over the script and project, and reminding everyone that while a Batman update may be more appealing to outlets and fans – and the online traffic those headlines bring – it’s all business as usual, as far as he’s concerned:
“It’s the same thing as any other movie. When I’m excited about it, we’re working on the scripts, when we get there we’re gonna make it. I’m really excited. There’s great stuff in it now, it just needs to get better and better. And it’s the same way I felt about [Live By Night] when I was prepping it, it’s just that no one was asking me questions because nobody gave a s***, because there wasn’t any click-throughs. But it took me a year plus to get this movie ready to launch. Hopefully it won’t take me that long for Batman. But we’re working, I think we’re ahead of the curve, and we’re excited.”
Following that interview, Affleck appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night and further confirming he is indeed directing The Batman and that everything is going great. Kimmel first showed Affleck the new Justice League photo that was released over the weekend, and he seemed to like it a lot, saying "Damn, I make that look pretty good," Affleck said when he saw himself in the new armored Batsuit.
“I’m going to direct the next Batman. We’re working on it,” Affleck said. “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. And nobody gave a shit! No one was like ‘where’s Live By Night?!’ But with Batman I keep getting ‘where’s the f*cking Batman?!’. I’m like bro, I’m working! Give me a second.”
Finally all the insanity is over! Now everyone can calm down and relax. The world isn't ending and Affleck's Batman film is still coming. If you would like to leave your thoughts on all of Ben Affleck's comments, please jump down in the comments section down below! As always, thanks for stopping by ECMOVIEGUYS!
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