As you may have followed what happened recently in the state of the #DCEU, you probably saw that Variety got the exclusive news that #BenAffleck won't direct The Batman. Though, many fans were disappointed by this turn of event — and may worry about what this means for the DCEU — I will argue that Affleck dropping his role as director is not at all a catastrophe and the future of this universe is not as dark as it seems. Affleck will be able to focus more on the role and the movie will start filming sooner than we might expect. Plus, he is not ready to leave the superheroes universe just yet!
Focusing More On The Role
Directing, writing and acting demands a lot of time; it's a lot of dedication and let's admit that everyone needs to sleep some time. Yes, Affleck has already directed, written and acted all at the same time in previous movies like The Town and more recently, Live By Night, but none of these movies were tent-pole movies. Big-budget movies require a lot more time, a lot more work and having to work on all these jobs at the same time may be a bit too much on this kind of movie. Thus, if Affleck only has to handle script and acting, he can focus a lot more on the role of Batman and give the best of himself for the movie and that's much less stress involved. That's exactly what he told Variety by the way:
“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.”
As fans, that's what we want: Affleck giving the best of himself in the role. We want him to give us an amazing performance like he did in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. So, I actually don't think it's a bad thing he exited as a director. On the contrary with all the pressure people have put on him, it will give him some time to rest a little. Look at when he was promoting Live By Night — all he was asked was "When is The Batman coming? When? When? Is there a script?" He couldn't even breathe without having to answer a question about this movie. I can understand how annoying this must be after a while. Ben Affleck is a human being too, he's not a machine.
Movies Losing Their Directors Is Not Something New
In the world of tent-pole movies, it's not the first time we see a movie loosing its director. It happened to Deadpool 2 when Tim Miller parted ways with the studios over creative differences or when The Flash lost its director Rick Famuyiwa for the same reasons. However, for The Batman, it doesn't seem it was because of creative differences, Affleck said it was because he realized he couldn't do both jobs at the same time. So why worry about the fact the movie lost its director? They will find another one. Ben Affleck said they are currently looking for a director to replace him.
"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."
It's not the end, it's a new beginning and the fact that they are currently looking for someone means they still want to do this movie as soon as possible.
'The Batman' Is On The Way
There are two things that indicate The Batman is coming sooner than we might expect. The first thing is that Chris Terrio (who co-wrote Batman V Superman) just turned in a rewrite of the script written by Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns. According to some sites before, Affleck was struggling to find the right script and he has already said in interview that they wouldn't do the movie until they have a good script that they are proud of. The fact that Terrio was brought on board the project and has done rewrites is a sign they're getting closer to the script they want. Moreover, with what Terrio did in Batman V Superman we can be sure it will be of great quality! The second thing is that the studio is already eyeing two directors — Matt Reeves (War For The Planet Of The Apes) and Matt Ross (Captain Fantastic) — which means things are moving fast behind the scenes and both Warner and Affleck are working hard to give the fans the movie they want to see.
Is Affleck Really Considering Leaving The Batman Suit?
Forbes recently reported that Ben Affleck may even leave the role of Batman.
"Unfortunately, among the things I heard about his departure as director, I heard a few specifics that — if true — lead me to worry there is at least a chance Affleck could also walk away from starring in the picture. I don’t feel those concerns are as likely to bear fruit, and I still expect Affleck will finish the screenplay as planned and then start prepping for the role by getting into 'Batman shape' to ensure he’s physically and mentally prepared for the role. That said, I do believe there’s a chance now that Affleck could depart the project as an actor, winding up merely serving as cowriter and producer."
However, none of this is confirmed, nor do they name the source who is claiming this. Ben Affleck is under contract and this would probably be complicated for him to leave the role as an actor. Plus, let's remember Affleck just said he is still part of the movie as an actor:
“Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give."
So let's not panic over this rumor, as there is no proof, especially with what Affleck said himself!
Justice League and Wonder Woman are coming this year and next year Aquaman will be released. Margot Robbie and David Ayer are currently working on Gotham City Sirens and The Batman is probably coming sooner than we think, especially with Terrio turning in a rewrite of the script and the team eyeing two directors. Not everything looks as dark as it seems for the DCEU — more is coming!
Are you still excited to see 'The Batman' despite Ben Affleck is no longer directing it?
Let us know in the comments what you think of Affleck's departure as a director and if you are still excited about The Batman despite that.