Ben Affleck may have made plenty of money in Batman v. Superman last year, but it seems the role, as well as subsequent sequels could be hitting a rough patch for him. Not long ago, Affleck said he was going to direct it and everything was looking good with a script nearly completed. Now, he’s revealed that it’s not going so well.
In an interview with the U.K.’s The Guardian, Ben Affleck, promoting his gangster film Live By Night (which also has lukewarm reviews), stated that, “it’s not a set thing and there’s no script. If it doesn’t come together in a way I think is really great I’m not going to do it.”
Affleck, who also acts as writer, director, and producer on his movies (Argo, The Town), could be facing pressure from the fallout of both movies being critically negative despite his name and that B v S made a boatload of money. Having gone through the tight yet massive production of Justice League which he isn’t directing (Zack Snyder is in that chair, of course), and having been given the halo of buffing up DC Comic movies to even it up with Marvel, Affleck may or may not be feeling too sure of himself.
Affleck has taken the mantle of going beyond acting and controlling what stories he wants to make and he was not given that freedom as the new Batman. (His Argo writer, Chris Terrio, scripted B v S and Justice League, a reason why Affleck decided to take the role.) Affleck isn’t the amateur that Christopher Nolan is (The Dark Knight Trilogy) and having Oscars in your resume does place a whole lot of burden on you.
Basically, Affleck isn’t about money or awards, but being happy with what he wants to do. He’s probably rethinking doing all at once with this role, as well as trying to top the previous trilogy, which was a critical smash, as well as commercial. But no one knows what’s happening, so, like other projects, we must wait patiently.