If there’s one thing that was somewhat positive about the disappointing Batman v Superman, it was Ben Affleck’s portrayal of Batman. I’ve always said that he could do Batman, I just hated that he was old. In any case, looks like that is the least of their worries. Scheduled to shoot this year and debut in 2018, Ben Affleck is saying now that if he isn’t satisfied with the direction the film moves soon, he’ll 86 the whole thing! Take a look at what he said:
“It’s not a set thing and there’s no script,” he said. “If it doesn’t come together in a way I think is really great I’m not going to do it.”
Also said to Entertainment Weekly:
“I’m not going to write and direct anything that I don’t think is good enough to be made,” he told Entertainment Weekly two weeks ago. “I’m definitely going to make sure I have something that is special—there’s not enough money in the world to make a mediocre version of Batman worth it.”
I love the part where he said there’s not enough money in the world to make a mediocre Batman. Because he’s right. One of the biggest gripes I’ve had with DC Entertainment’s approach is they throw money at their films and just think a high price tag will somehow equate to high quality. Obviously with the performance of both Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad last year, that is hardly the case.
No one is saying they need to be Marvel Studios in their approach, but they certainly need to show a lot more care in crafting a cohesive story and couple that with good effects and casting choices. With Ben Affleck, my faith is in his ability as a director first, and an actor second. Yet I can’t deny that his familiarity with comic book lore and the characters themselves sets my mind at ease that they have someone in the a position of power that cares deeply about the characters.