Writer, director and star Ben Affleck has confirmed the title of his solo Batman movie as The Batman. Read more after the jump.
Riddle me this. Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad made Scrooge McDuck fortunes but have caused nothing but critical heartache for DC. So why are we all so excited about the new Batman solo movie? Two words: Ben Affleck. Depending on who you ask the actor’s performance as the caped crusader was one of the most redeeming qualities of BVS. But it’s not just his acting that we’re interested in.
Affleck is in the middle of writing the upcoming Batman movie, which he’ll be starring in AND directing. Affleck has had a strong history of writing and directing acclaimed pictures. Between Gone Baby Gone, The Town and Argo, Affleck has become a dependable name to see on the director’s chair. So Affleck directing his own Batman movie sounds like it can only be a good thing. It also means it falls to Affleck to name the ruddy movie. Now there’s news coming out that he may have already done it.
Screenrant is reporting that Affleck has confirmed the title of his Batman movie as…The Batman.
Sure he did it in the sheepish and most self-deprecating way possible, but it still counts! Here’s what he had to say in an interview with The Associated Press:
“The movie I think is going to be called ‘The Batman’. At least that’s what we’re going with right now. I might change it… That’s about all I got right now. We’re working on the script, the script is going well, I’m really excited about it.”
Not the grandest unveiling in the world. Still, it’s exciting news. The Batman is a strong title for a number of reasons. For one it’s got Batman’s name right in there which we haven’t seen since Batman Begins way back in 2005. The Batman is also a much more mysterious title than just straight Batman. Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy used “The Batman” a lot to emphasise how important his role as a myth/monster was in his war on crime. Batman V Superman used the phrase a lot as well if you feel like checking. Affleck’s film will also share its title with the animated TV series of the same name from 2008. Check it out, it’s pretty good.
Affleck was speaking on the subject of Batman V Superman as well this week.
He particularly focussed on what a weird experience it was to go through the film’s unparalleled hype and critical backlash. Here’s what he said in and interview with Fox 5 DC:
“It’s interesting: It was a huge hit movie — more people went to see that than any movie I’ve made in my career. It was the biggest hit of my career and then it had so much editorial negativity. Fans went, and I got a lot of positive response. It was interesting, that movie, because it was judged not necessarily on execution so much as on its tone. People seemed to want to have a lighter tone to the movie, and I thought that was interesting. Tone is not a qualitative thing. It’s subjective, right? Some tones resonate with me that might not with you. And the tone of the movie was really parallel to the Frank Miller book [The Dark Knight Returns], which I liked and thought was great. I’m glad that so many people went and so many people liked the movie.”
Hopefully Affleck will have more positive experiences to come with The Batman. If he does change the name we’ll be sure to let you know.
The Batman doesn’t have a release date as yet. Watch this space for all the latest The Batman movie news.