Bleeding Cool has long been chronicling Ben Affleck's constant stream of mixed messages regarding the status of the standalone Bat-film he is expected to write, direct, and star in: The Batman. Affleck originally started hedging on the idea back in December, saying that he was going to take his time to get the movie right, and then saying that if he can't, he might not do it at all. Rumors of a delay to the film cast the status further into doubt, but Affleck seemingly put concerns to rest yesterday when he said he would definitely direct The Batman. Still, it's hard to say whether he means it this time. Bleeding Cool followed up with Affleck in an EXXXCLUSIVE interview, but we were unable to determine his sincerity. Even the TSA, searching Affleck before he boarded a flight out of LAX earlier this week, was unable to find any clues as to when, if ever, he will direct The Batman.
However, USA Today may have finally gotten to the bottom of the mystery during an interview with the actor:
"I know what's it's like to be in the suit," says Affleck, pondering the notion at the Beverly Hilton. "We'll have to modify the suit to make it a little bit easier to put on and take off. When you are in it, you can be sweating, crazy and exhausted, do your part and walk away. But when you're a director, you can't walk away. You have to be there for everybody.
"Chief among the challenges of doing Batman, will be finding a suit that's more comfortable," he says.
So all of this talk of "taking his time" and "getting the script right" has, at heart, been about finding a Bat-suit that is not only fashionable, but functional as well. Now that's the most reasonable thing we've heard about this story in months!
Oh, and it's also about people on the internet making the whole thing really stressful:
"Superhero movies get the level of attention that is nothing like any film I've done. You cast the 14th lead in these movies and the Internet goes crazy," Affleck says. "I understand and embrace that. That's part of the pressure that comes with doing it. That's why I am not going to do it, unless I really feel confident about it.
"But when that day comes, should that day come, I'm sure that's going to be the most pressure, the most stress I have ever experienced in my professional life," he says. "There's no doubt."
Who is responsible for giving Ben Affleck a hard time about this on the internet?! What a bunch of jerks!