Ben Affleck's 'Live by Night' Delayed Due to Batman Commitments

May 6, 2014
Source: THR

Ben Affleck / Live by Night

Comic book fans had their longtime suspicions confirmed when Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment revealed they would shoot Batman vs. Superman and Justice League back-to-back with the first sequel still slated for May 6th, 2016 and the DC superhero ensemble likely hitting in 2017. However, this means that one of Ben Affleck's gestating projects will have to sit on the backburner a little longer. Affleck was supposed to direct the adaptation of Dennis Lehane's novel Live by Night following Batman vs. Superman for a release on Decemberr 25th, 2015, but THR reports the film's schedule has been delayed.

Instead, Warner Bros. will release the Leonardo DiCaprio produced film on October 7th, 2016. For those who haven't head about that project yet, it follows a Boston police captain's son in the dangerous Prohibition era of the 1920s as he gets tempted away from the law to a life of crime. Affleck is also supposed to star in the film, but no other cast is in place, probably because this plan has been a longtime coming, so there was no reason to get a cast in place immediately. There's a part of me that's more excited to see Affleck behind the camera again as opposed to getting caught up in the comic book world, but whatever.

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Awww man this sounds like a much better project than that Batman Vs. Superman movie.

SkyNet300 on May 7, 2014


Mor suprheros!!!

Greeb0 on May 7, 2014


DC owns Affleck now.

DAVIDPD on May 7, 2014


I'd love to see him commit to the role in the same way that Jackman has committed to Wolverine and, to a lesser extent, RDJ has committed to Iron Man.

Chris Groves on May 7, 2014


The one thing that is a little suspect is Affleck's age. Although only a few years older than Christian Bale, Bale started at a younger age and wisely finished his era. Can Affleck maintain for another five plus years? Maybe...

DAVIDPD on May 7, 2014


I think the age will dovetail into the role nicely. If I remember correctly, they are trying to base Affleck's Batman on Frank Miller's TDKR, which is by far one of the best "I'm getting too old for this shit" comic book arcs of all time.

denverchris on May 7, 2014


Agreed. I don't necessarily love it, but it makes sense. Plus, as much as I love the introduction story to Batman, it'd be pretty terrible to re-do Batman's beginnings. They're smart to skip that and just jump into the new older character. Perhaps they're using this as a perfect intro to Terry McGinnis as Batman Beyond in like 5-8 yrs??? Knowing WB...probably not, ha.

I'm Batman on May 7, 2014


It depends on how they do it. They are purposely playing Affleck as an older Batman. As long as he commits to the role it could be interesting. Imagine that, after this Justice League trilogy, perhaps WB gets him on board to direct his own Batman film. Maybe down the line, The Dark Knight Returns gets directly adapted(but adjusted to fit within the context of this shared universe) with an older Affleck still in the role. Maybe even after that, Affleck STAYS in the role as the DC Cinematic Universe progresses to an adaptation of Batman Beyond, eventually moving Affleck out of the lead role and into the mentor role. It could be pretty crazy.

Chris Groves on May 7, 2014


I'm okay with this, December 2015 was VERY crowded, and this movie getting moved out of that month means that this has a better chance to be a big hit, and that there is one less December film fighting for attention. The December 2015 release schedule currently is as such: December 11th Alvin and the Chipmunks 4(really?) Seth Rogan/Joseph Gordon Levitt X-Mas film December 18th Inferno The Nest Star Wars Episode 7 December 23rd Kung Fu Panda 3 December 25th Mission Impossible 5

Chris Groves on May 7, 2014


Star Wars and Inferno would be my two most anticipated for Dec '15. The third would be Kung Fu Panda 3.

Ryan Perez on May 7, 2014


Good! I want full devotion to Batman.

Rock n Rollllll on May 7, 2014


Cavill will crush Affleck in more ways than one, beginning with acting skills.. it's like pitting Elmer Fudd against Clint Eastwood ___________________ somejackball@youtube

somejackball on May 7, 2014

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