Ben Affleck & J.K. Simmons Talk Solo ‘Batman’ Film


The cast and crew of the upcoming Justice League film are hard at work, bringing DC’s iconic superhero team-up together for the first time in cinematic history. Even after the disappointing critical/audience response to both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad, it’s hard not to still feel optimistic about where the DC Extended Universe will go now that we are in the Geoff Johns era.

But despite the mixed response to the films thus far, one of the universally acclaimed elements of this franchise is Ben Affleck’s Batman. Everyone remembers how fans on the internet responded to the casting decision, and it’s safe to say that they all ate their words once they saw that Affleck brought possibly the most comic book-accurate interpretation of the caped crusader we have seen in a live action movie.

Now, fans are very excited about what the Academy Award-winning actor/filmmaker is going to bring with his much-anticipated standalone Batman film. We know now that Deathstroke will be the film’s antagonist, and in expected, but comforting news, J.K. Simmons is set to reprise his role as Commissioner Gordon in the standalone movie. Simmons will make his debut as the character in Justice League. 

While promoting their newest film, The Accountant, Affleck and Simmons discussed the opportunity of working together again in both Justice League and the Batman movie. Affleck did not share many details about his next directorial effort, but he discussed his approach to the project:

Movies are all about the director. I’ve learned that, finally. When you work with a director, you’re on his or her ship. You’re going in that direction. Your job is to be creative and bring forth your ideas, but to fulfill this person’s vision of how they’re telling the whole story. You have a silo that you’re responsible for in your performance. For me, it’s about getting as in tune with a director as possible. You’re making their movie… The nice thing about acting is that, if the set falls down, you can just go back to your trailer. Things are not my problem.

Simmons responded to Affleck’s comments:

I’m trying to wrap my mind around the whole “director is god” thing. There might be some of that going on in the future. Wow. What am I in for?

Well Mr. Simmons, I think you are going to be in for something really special. What are you guys most excited about in the future slate of DC films? Sound off in the comments below.

Justice League opens in theaters on November 18, 2017.


Noah Villaverde

Noah Villaverde

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  • I’m looking forward to JL maintaining that ominous feeling of foreboding that we have in MoS and BvS, but resolving the tension that has built up from it in the previous two films of the trilogy with a more upbeat and inspiring message about what it means to be a superhero. At least from Chris Terrio’s WSJ interview prior to the release of BvS we know that was where it was headed. And if you look through Snyder interviews over recent years you can see that would logically be what he will do. It’s just going to balance the appropriately cynical take on how human beings handle power and responsibility (my God look at this world we live in if you’re asking why) with a sense of reaffirmation of why we love superhero stories and need to invent them. I think Snyder will have that mix remain a complex balance, which is as it should be. He does need to stick the landing on this, though, in order for the entire trilogy to get the appreciation that it deserves. But I have faith that this will happen.

    I find it hard to say which DCEU film I’l looking forward to most, but I would have to say that I’m looking for Zack to end on a high note so I will day JL. But that said I’m really just as eager to see Wonder Woman, MoS 2, the Batman solo film, Aquaman, and The Flash. In that order if I had to choose, but I’m looking forward to them all tremendously.

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