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Ben Affleck won't rush Batman solo script

The star, director and screenwriter of the unnamed Caped Crusader standalone film says he refuses to "jam the mediocre movie down the pipe."


Ben Affleck in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice."

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Ben Affleck isn't racing to finish the script for his Batman solo movie for a good reason, the actor and writer said at a New York Times event Monday.

"We still have to get a screenplay and get it together," Affleck said, joking that even though he himself is the screenwriter, star and director, it "doesn't mean it'll be good."

And it won't be fast-tracked. "I'm a real believer in not reverse-engineering projects to meet a window or a date," Affleck said. "But rather when you get the right idea, when you get the right story, you get the right thing, then you make the movie. So that's what we're doing, and I'm hoping to get that done."

Affleck joined Times contributing writer Chip McGrath at New York's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts to discuss the actor's upcoming Prohibition-era film, "Live by Night." But naturally the Caped Crusader came up in conversation.

"There's nothing I'd love more than to do, to direct a standalone, iconic, great Batman movie," Affleck told McGrath. "But it's been done ... Chris Nolan did three really good movies, and I'm really mindful of that, so I'm not in any hurry to jam the mediocre movie down the pipe."

Affleck said when Warner Bros first approached him to play Batman in 2016's "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," he "wanted to do one of those [superhero] movies and get it right," partially out of frustration with 2003's "Daredevil." He acknowledged that "there was some alarm" about his being cast as Batman, but said "it turned out OK." And he even quoted a famous meme, noting that if you get a chance to be Batman, "you have to be Batman."

The upcoming movie does not have an official title or release date. Affleck recently said in an E! Facebook Live video that rumors it would be called "The Batman" were taken from a casual comment about how he was referring to the film.