Ben Affleck Set for Multiple Movies as Batman + 'Live By Night' Delayed
After the big news from Warner Bros. revealed Ben Affleck as their Batman for Zack Snyder's Man of Steel sequel featuring The Dark Knight in a pivotal role, the studio ended up having to replace the filmmaker on their adaptation of Stephen King's The Stand with Crazy Heart director Scott Cooper. But that's not the only shift in the works for the studio's future slate with Affleck as a filmmaker. Their gestating adaptation of Dennis Lehane's Live By Night is delayed 2015 with Affleck's acting schedule, which includes Gone Girl for David Fincher, not giving him enough time to prepare and shoot the film for 2014.
According to THR, Affleck will shoot Gone Girl from September to February of next year. Then he'll immediately transition to Superman vs. Batman from February to August, and then get Live By Night ready to shoot in the fall for release in 2015. He's probably going to be pretty exhausted after all that, but Warner Bros. will continue to keep him busy because Affleck is signed for multiple movies as The Caped Crusader, and we're betting that one of the bonuses of getting Affleck aboard the film as Batman is that the studio is still hoping he'll direct Justice League, especially since they offered it to him once before.
We're anxious to see how Warner Bros. builds their DC Comics universe, and whether or not it can shake a stick at the impressive run that Marvel has had bringing their comic books to the big screen. As for Affleck as Batman, this writer is skeptical, but is intrigued to see what Snyder and Affleck have in store for the character, especially since they "will create an entirely new incarnation of the character" and the director and actor have talked about the story and character as early as the beginning of this year. Since there have been rumblings of a grizzly, seasoned Batman, we're hoping for the best. Thoughts?