I just caught the news today that Ben Affleck will not be directing the upcoming Batman film. He will still be starring as the character Bruce Wayne/Batman, but he will not be directing it. That still leaves him as producer and co-writer with Geoff Johns.
And this is what I see as either good or bad news.
The official statement that is associated with this announcement include:
"There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions. Performing this role demands focus, passion, and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world."
Of course WB supports his decision.
Aside from his latest movie, Live by Night, Affleck has had a stellar track record with his directorial venues so folks were excited that he was helming the upcoming Batman movie.
But then he started having production issues between himself and the studio, where the studio wanted to meet a deadline and Affleck said he won't rush something if he wants to do it right.
My complete and total guess here is that WB/DC still has a rush on the script and Affleck won't, so they want someone else who will step in and rush the project along. But that's from what little I've seen out there so far.
I don't know about you, but does anyone remember Green Lantern? I'm hoping they are not looking for a director they can push around and force to hurry the project along. Too many films get ruined with rushed screen writing.
But that's the pessimist side of my brain.
I hope they pull together a good film while they do this fairly quick reboot from Nolan's Dark Knight films. That's all I'm worried about.
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