Recently, we learned that #BenAffleck would be stepping down from the director's chair for The Batman. That news came with Affleck's honest but somewhat questionable explanation as to why he’s not going to be the director:
“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.”
This seemed to come at a very inopportune time for DC's cinematic universe, as the already-troubled franchise has had a few setbacks recently. We already know that Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad weren't well-received by critics and drew the unhappiness of many fans. To add fuel to the fire, it was recently revealed that the script for #TheFlash —still without a director—is getting a page one rewrite (more on this later).
But it's not the time to hit the panic button (yet). Here's why all of these recent seeming setbacks are actually a reason to hope for the future.
It Will Allow Affleck To Focus on His Performance
Affleck knows the role requires complete focus to give the best performance possible. Affleck no doubt understands what it takes to perform at this level considering he’ll have played the Caped Crusader at least twice (three times if you include his cameo in Suicide Squad) before his role in his solo movie. Obviously, Batman will have a major role to play in the upcoming #JusticeLeague film.
What's more, Affleck is well aware of the physically demanding role it takes to play Batman. If he were also behind the director's chair, he would most likely be doing this while wearing the Batsuit. It would be extremely challenging even for someone of his caliber to act out all of the action sequences and then review the footage behind the scenes with possible fatigue starting to affect his performance.
The Flash Rewrites Are Actually A Positive Sign
There has been a lot of controversy surrounding the future of some of these DC projects. It’s hard to say right now if DC has established a plan moving forward. An good example of this is #TheFlash movie with Ezra Miller.
This movie has lost multiple directors and it was recently announced that the script is getting a page one rewrite. News like this never appears to be a good thing, but for DC it just might be. It seems that Warner Bros. has learned from the mistakes of the #BatmanvSuperman and #SuicideSquad scripts and are determined to get the story right this time, rather than rushing into production. Better that the studio take its time on the script while finding a fantastic director that is the right fit.
With a March 2018 release date and no director on the project, it’s safe to say that The Flash’s release date will be pushed back and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Warner Bros. first needs to make sure that both Wonder Woman and Justice League deliver before they can start developing other films right away.
Affleck Should Be The ‘Kevin Feige’ Of The DCEU
If Ben Affleck is willing to work together with Warner Bros., they should be in good hands. The studio needs a man of Affleck’s talents to help steer the ship in a Kevin Feige-like role. DC has been plagued with multiple script rewrites, studio executives meddling with the directors' work, and random announcements of films that seemingly come out of nowhere. Proof once again that having too many cooks in the kitchen is never a good thing.
Marvel has Kevin Feige and has since day one, exactly the type of leader the #DCEU is sorely lacking. He has built a clear vision (that actually works), and that structure allows his directors to make their own film within that structure. If Affleck can step into a counterpart role and be a producer on most of these DC films, then it could help bring stability to the DCEU.
Fans are eagerly anticipating the releases of #WonderWoman and #JusticeLeague this year. If these two films can deliver, then this will surely ease some of the pain that Warner Bros. has been going through lately. After all, all it takes is one great film to get them back on track.
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