Ben Affleck Says “There’s No Script” Yet For ‘The Batman’

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It’s safe to say there’s a lot riding on Ben Affleck’s The Batman. Lots of pressure to deliver, a high level of anticipation and a high expectation for it to be good… or at least better than Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. After all, it’s Batman, and fans have come to expect great standalone movies if he’s going to be in them.

Affleck recently spoke to The Guardian and continued with the reassurances that if the film doesn’t come together in the way that he wants, he won’t do it.

“It’s not a set thing and there’s no script. If it doesn’t come together in a way I think is really great I’m not going to do it.”

So does this mean there are complications in the film’s development? The Batman is expected to begin shooting in the spring of 2017, so it’s on track as of right now regardless of no script. So the actor and the filmmaking team should begin to solidify a lot of things soon.

With films, it’s not unheard of that even script changes happen during filming, so when Affleck keeps saying that he wants everything to go well, it’s at least reassuring that he wants to get it just right.

Source: The Guardian

Mae Abdulbaki

Mae Abdulbaki

Mae Abdulbaki is an entertainment journalist and Weekend Editor at Heroic Hollywood. She's a geek, a lover of words, superheroes, and all things entertainment.

  • flavortang

    Do it right, Ben. I for one can wait.

    • Carl

      Only if WB will let him. They seem happy to rush out a pile of crap as long as they can make money on it.

  • Marquis de Sade

    dceu = SAME AS IT EVER WAS: nuthin’ to see; move along.

  • John

    Of course there’s a script. By his own admission, he isn’t going to move forward with it unless he’s happy. You don’t cast Deathstroke and set a spring start if you refuse to make a bad movie or half-assed one without a confident script in place.

    • John

      This is just Affleck’s “go to” answer so he can deflect talking about The Batman while he’s doing press for Live By Night

      • Axxell

        So he deliberately lies to avoid talking about a subject?

        This sounds more like wishful thinking and denial. He couldn’t have said it any clearer…”there’s no script”. With the way WB has been running the DCCU, it should not be a surprise…

        • John

          except he also said he wouldn’t be making the film if it wasn’t great. He’s been working on the script with Geoff Johns for over a year now. He’s cast Deathstroke and a spring shoot is already on the cards. If they shoot in spring (which Joe Mangenello already said they will be going soon) then they will have to start set construction even sooner. You don’t build sets without knowing what locations you need for the script.

          • Axxell

            I’ll sooner believe Ben Affleck, who’s closer to the production team and has been on the project for far longer, than I believe Mangianello, who just started yapping without being a month into the gig.

          • John

            He wouldn’t CAST Mangianello if he didn’t have a script.

          • Axxell

            How long has Dwayne Johnson been waiting for that Shazam role? Way longer than Manganiello, and to the day we STILL don’t even have a director for that…

          • John

            That’s got nothing to do with anything. Batman is shooting this spring. Confirmed by Affleck. This is from a few weeks ago… Affleck’s own words in Variety.

            ‘The Batman’ on Track to Shoot in Spring: ‘Everything Is Coming Together’ he said. “We’re still finishing up a script. I’m very excited.”

            http://variety.com/2016/film/news/ben-affleck-batman-live-by-night-1201941876/

            by finishing up a script, that means he’s tweaking the latest draft… That doesn’t mean a script doesn’t exist…

          • Axxell

            Notice that he never directly says the movie will start shooting in spring; that was tacked on.

          • John

            it’s the headline of the article. Variety confirms that’s what he said… http://variety.com/2016/film/news/ben-affleck-batman-live-by-night-1201941876/

          • Axxell

            That’s what Variety said; not what Affleck said.

          • John

            They write it because they got his confirmation.

          • Axxell

            And yet they couldn’t quote his exact words…

          • John

            Affleck indicated that he expected the film will begin shooting in the spring.

            “We’re on the right track with that and everything is coming together,” he said. “We’re still finishing up a script. I’m very excited.”

          • Axxell

            Again, nothing on that quote gives us a timeline.

          • John

            Affleck indicated that he expected the film will begin shooting in the spring.

            “We’re on the right track with that and everything is coming together,” he said. “We’re still finishing up a script. I’m very excited.”

          • Axxell

            I’ll trust a direct quote from him before I trust the vague recollection of a magazine editor.

          • John

            Yet you are trusting The Guardian. lol Not two reputable trades who are constantly speaking to the studios themselves. Makes lots of sense.

          • Axxell

            If the Guardian misquoted him, Affleck will deny it soon enough. At least a quote is a more certain affirmation than someone just saying “he said […]”.

          • John

            You just want to argue…but you’re wrong. There’s DEFINITELY a script…most certainly many drafts after a year and a half. And he’s FINISHING it. that’s tweaking stuff at this juncture…

          • Axxell

            So even though Affleck just said there’s no script…you say there IS one…That’s some deep denial…

          • John

            You’re taking some regurgitated article and using that as fact, even though Affleck has also confirmed in multiple articles he HAS A SCRIPT.

          • Axxell

            No quote – Didn’t happen.

          • John

            http://collider.com/ben-affleck-batman-movie-update/

            “I have a script, we’re still working on it, and I’m not happy enough with it yet to actually go out there and make a Batman movie, for which I have the highest of standards, I would say. That’s something that would have to pass a very high bar for me. It’s not just like, ‘Yeah, that might be fun, let’s go try this out.’”

            There you go…quote…did happen…

          • Axxell

            And yet he just said “there’s no script”…HIS words.

            He’s obviously talking about two different things.

          • John

            done with this…

          • John

            He’s QUOTED in that article as saying we are THEY ARE FINISHING UP THE SCRIPT. — BEN AFFLECK

          • Axxell

            And yet he just said “there’s no script”…HIS words.

          • John

            “I have a script, we’re still working on it, and I’m not happy enough with it yet to actually go out there and make a Batman movie, for which I have the highest of standards, I would say. That’s something that would have to pass a very high bar for me. It’s not just like, ‘Yeah, that might be fun, let’s go try this out.’”

            http://collider.com/ben-affleck-batman-movie-update/

          • Axxell

            Right there it says they’re “still working on it”…if he’s now saying there’s no script, it means they’re not confident enough in whatever draft they have, to start production…therefore, “no script”.

          • John

            right…and they will be working on it through shooting…but it starts with I HAVE A SCRIPT. and that was 6 months ago…no he’s saying THEY ARE ON TRACK…you are arguing to argue… spring start is happening … death stroke cast… Armie Hammer is cast (as who TBD) and they will be filming this spring at WB in Burbank… it’s happening even if you only believe quotes from Affleck.

          • Axxell

            You’re literally dismissing more recent information in favor of month old editorials…seems like you’re picking and choosing what you want to believe.

          • John

            Affleck knows that reporters will dig about questions about the story for Batman, which will overshadow his new directorial effort “Live By Night”. So he is keeping the attention on that project so that it gets the press, not The Batman. That’s just smart. Once Live By Night gets wide release in January and has run its course theatrically, then he will start talking more about Batman.

          • Axxell

            That’s the most ridiculous rationale I’ve heard this year…

          • John

            You apparently know zero about how the film industry works.

          • Axxell

            Nope. Actors talk about all the projects they’re working on all the time. If there’s a detail they can’t or refuse to talk about, they simply say so; they don’t lie about it. It makes no sense that Batman would “overshadow” Live by Night when Batman hasn’t even begun production and there’s nothing to say about it.

          • John

            They DO lie about it. A lot.

          • Axxell

            Like I said before, why would he lie and say they’re even further behind than they really are? Why would he WANT the negative PR?

          • John

            Now she’s saying that she doesn’t play Talia Al Ghul in this summer’s The Dark Knight Rises. From the Hollywood Reporter:

            All she’ll confirm is that, contrary to some fans’ belief, she does not play Talia, the vengeful daughter of Liam Neeson’s character, Ra’s Al Ghul (who also appeared in Batman Begins), and that she takes the role of Miranda Tate, an ecologically minded businesswoman who “is fascinated by Wayne Enterprises. They go through difficulties, and she wants to help provide the world clean energies. She’s a good guy.” But does she stay that way? “Yes,” she insists.

            That looks to me that Marion Cotillard lied…

          • Axxell

            Maybe she did…Maybe she didn’t know the source character well enough to know this is what he was playing…Maybe she was kept in the dark about the turn her character would take.

          • John

            It’s not negative PR…he can just spin it. It’s perception. You are taking NO SCRIPT as literal. By NO SCRIPT Affleck means he’s still finishing it…he’s probably on draft 10 or beyond after a year and a half of working on it. But if he needs to go back and tweak it and change a misspelling from THEIR to THERE then its not finished.

          • Axxell

            Whether literal or figurative doesn’t matter…it’s still negative PR. If production really WAS supposed to start in spring, people would expect by now the script is either finished or mostly finished…saying there’s no script and that if it isn’t right he ain’t gonna do it, doesn’t exactly fill people with confidence…

          • John

            he doesn’t want people asking about Batman when he wants them asking about Live By Night, so he steers the convo to the topic he says he has something to talk about.

          • Axxell

            If he wants people to ask about Live by Night instead of Batman, saying his next movie’s script is behind schedule isn’t gonna stop the questions; on the contrary, it brings MORE questions. That’s why your logic makes no sense.

        • John

          Actors lie all the time. They don’t want to reveal stuff, either contractually or because they don’t want to ruin the surprises. See Simon Pegg lying about Kahn or Marion Cotillard lying about Talia Al Ghul.

          • Axxell

            Considering the PR disaster that has been the DCCU so far, I highly doubt he’d do something as inflammatory as to say there’s no script if there really was one. There’s plenty other ways to avoid talking about something that don’t involve outright lying, especially when lying ends up making WB look like inept fools…

          • John

            here’s Affleck’s own agent confirming his script from last March 2016… http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/ben-affleck-has-written-his-879355

          • Axxell

            …which could’ve just as well have been thrown to the trash by the looks of it.

          • John

            by the looks of what? I’m showing you proof by legit hollywood trades, not some gossip rag, that he wrote a first draft a year and a half ago. You’re in denial that there’s “no script.”

          • Axxell

            Is Ben in denial too? Or do you know better than him about whether there’s a script or not? Who’s in denial here?

          • John
          • Axxell

            Again, you’re avoiding the article itself…Don’t talk to me about what the author of the article wrote; where’s Affleck’s quote saying that he’s gonna start in the spring?

            I find it telling that you put more weight on what this other author writes than what Affleck himself is quoted as saying on this new interview…

          • John

            I’m not avoiding the article, I just know how to READ the article. The article itself states Affleck said it, it just doesn’t quote him saying it. It quotes his response to them asking him if he is shooting in the spring. You are off the mark by a large margin.

          • Axxell

            So let’s recap: The article SAYS they asked him whether Batman was shooting in the Spring (they never quote the exact phrasing); without responding with a direct yes or not, Affleck simply says “everything’s on track”….You can tell he’s being ambiguous enough here by not answering the question directly. Now he’s saying that there’s still not a script.

            No one can accuse Affleck of reneging on the start of production for Batman because there’s no evidence he ever promised such a thing. All he said was “everything’s on track”…it could very well be on track to start filming in 2018 and he’d still be right if that’s what they planned.

          • SAMURAI36

            Why are you wasting your time with this guy? He’s a Marvel Zombie, & a bonafied DC hater.

        • John

          here’s a link from Deadline July 9th 2015 about them turning in a first draft of the script by the end of that summer. That’s a year and 4 months ago.

          “My studio sources tell me that Affleck and Johns are well in synch and have more than found their rhythm. In fact, they are likely to turn in a script before the end of the summer, prior to Affleck going off to direct Live By Night in November. Affleck postponed that pic to star in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. The Batman movie would shoot after he finishes Live By Night”

          http://deadline.com/2015/07/ben-affleck-geoff-johns-batman-dc-entertainment-warner-bros-comic-con-1201472921/

          I’m not saying he’s not still “tweaking” the script but you better believe they’ve got a solid foundation, structure, plot, etc.

          • Axxell

            None of that contains a quote from Affleck; based on what we know so far, it looks like they hadn’t even started at that point, throwing the credibility of that report down the crapper.

        • Marquis DC Sade

          Oh sweet Axx-Hole. If you worked half as hard at life as you did endlessly arguing with DC fans on the internet, you probably wouldn’t have so much time to argue with DC fans on the internet… and you might have touched a boobie by now.

          • Axxell

            I don’t work “hard” at life; I work “smart”…that’s what affords me the free time to do whatever the heII I want.

          • Marquis DC Sade

            Rawr! You’re such a fierce little diva Axx-hole.

          • Axxell

            Thank you, Marquis DiC Face.

          • Marquis DC Sade
          • Marquis DC Sade

            Rawr! You’re such a fierce little diva Axx-hole.

    • Maxi Iroh

      When he says script, he means FINISHED script.

      • John

        The script will be getting tinkered on through filming… He’s probably several drafts deep by now…easy.

    • razorstar90

      I don’t think Aflfeck cast Deathstroke. I think that was Snyder because he’s appearing in J:

      • John

        Well Affleck supposedly has control over the Batman story points throughout the DCU. Especially those that factor into his movie. He made some comments when reporters interviewed him during the production of JL. Also, I bet he DID in fact cast him.

      • John

        regardless though he cast him for THE BATMAN as Deathstroke which shows he has a script. here’s Affleck talking about that casting and the character for his solo film to an interview back in Oct to IGN.

        http://www.ign.com/videos/2016/10/03/the-batman-ben-affleck-on-why-they-chose-deathstroke

        “You know, it’s hard to say exactly what it is. I think the reaction spoke for itself. It just seems like a great counterpart to Batman. They’re similar in terms of skillsets, they’re similar in terms of tone, and he’s never been utilised in a movie before which is really, really exciting.” While Deathstroke has never been seen on the big screen, he was in Arrow. Do you think Affleck picked up the box set?

        Probably not. Regardless, Affleck was asked why he chose to cast Joe Manganiello as Slade Wilson, and his answer was short and to the point. “He’s great and he’s going to be great in the movie.”

  • Brownstones19

    guess we’ll just wait and see

  • This has me wondering if that in fact is not a recent interview. There is no way that Ben Affleck confirms only… what was it? 1-2 weeks ago?… that he will start shooting in the spring if there is no script. No way that happens. Especially with all that he has said about wanting to get this film right.

    • Maxi Iroh

      “…that he will start shooting in the spring if there is no((finished))script.”

    • John

      Exactly.

    • Carl

      It makes perfect sense for WB’s track record with the DCEU. SS was written in 6 weeks and edited by a trailer house. They just don’t care that much about quality film making.

  • Dennis Lookman

    Better than BvS is something I want, but BvS is my favorite Batman AND Superhero movie of all times, so I find this very disrespectful toward the movie that I love. Doesn’t make me hate the writer of this article, though. But, I just don’t get how people hate that masterpiece of a movie!

    Sure, this movie completely changes the way we knew the characters from the comics and characters, but for me, it just refreshed it all! It’s all in delevelopment, and I’d rather have a long time development than a half assed snap snap developing character in Dc’s movies.

    • Maxi Iroh

      I understand you saying BvS is your favorite Batman movie, even though TDK and Batman Begins are way better, but favorite Superman movie? No can’t do. Superman The Movie, Superman II and Man of Steel are great Superman movies, BvS is not, it helps if you’re talking about the Ultimate Edition, but even so, we had already 3 great Superman movies.

      • Dennis Lookman

        Yes, of course I am talking about the Ultimate cut! Because that is how the movie was supposed to be in theaters, before WB started messing with it!

        But yes, I love BvS and I have watched it over 50 times already at home, alone with some snacks!

        I just can’t get enough of it, it’s just the most epic superhero movie I can think of! So, so sorry lmao!

        • Maxi Iroh

          I have no problem with that.

          • Dennis Lookman

            Alright, then thanks for that!

    • Carl

      It’s ok if you like BvS but it’s no masterpiece. It’s not even considered to be a good movie. It fails at the film making level and rides on putting iconic characters together for the first time on film.

      The Batman movie needs to be on the Nolan Trilogy’s level.

  • Joseph Chaisson

    Obviously he did BvS so you know he’s full of it.

    • Maxi Iroh

      He wasn’t the writer or director in BvS.

      • Joseph Chaisson

        He was still in it. The quote used, while implied directing and writing, didn’t specify directing and writing. “… think is really great I’m not going to do it.”

  • Axxell

    As if we needed any confirmation that WB still doesn’t have a grip when it comes to the DCCU…

  • ElClownPrinceDeTrolls

    Oh, great. First day of 2017 and already we’re hearing about worrying concerns about the DCEU.

    WB be at the moment. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/2113cb308ee9048bbb36e80f0a46f036bd3090ce040db264a25210837c63374e.gif

  • bingeit 45

    either he’s out or tired being asked same question over and over and now he’s trolling

  • Carl

    If Ben drops out of directing will he also drop out of the role of Batman? That would be a disaster for the DCEU.

  • ElClownPrinceDeTrolls
  • Fenix

    The DCEU dumpster fire continues to rage.

    • Marquis DC Sade

      At least it’s keeping you and your family warm at night.