Although Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was deemed one of the biggest flops at the box office in 2016, possibly the only raving review that came from critics was directed at Ben Affleck's performance as Gotham's aged vigilante. Affleck's performance alone, amped up much fan excitement about a solo Batman flick the actor would direct, produce, and star in. But since the early announcement, the production wheels have slowed down a bit.
In the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly, Affleck updated fans on the status of the feature film and spoke candidly about whether he'd move forward with another "sub par" script.
The good news is, the standalone Batman film is still in the works, but Affleck has vowed to take his sweet time with the process to make sure the script and other details are "good enough to be made." "I’m still working on the script. I’m not going to write and direct anything that I don’t think is good enough to be made," he told EW. "I’m definitely going to make sure I have something that is special — there’s not enough money in the world to make a mediocre version of Batman worth it."
Affleck's comments regarding the solo movie shouldn't be much of a surprise. The actor, who was previously behind the successes of films like The Town and Argo, has made similar statements about not wanting to create another lackluster film in the past. And after various reports alleged that Affleck was "humiliated" by the horrible reviews for Batman v. Superman, it looks like the actor is really sticking to his word.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice came out of the gate running, grossing $166 million in its opening weekend. By its second weekend however, the film took a "historic" box office drop, making it one of the biggest "Friday-to-Friday drops any blockbuster has ever seen," according to Variety.
Overall, the film's massive decline at 68.4% percent at the office made it the second largest decline for a superhero title film just behind 2003's Hulk. So if Affleck has anything to say about it, that wont' be happening again. If all goes right, Batman should be dropping some time in spring 2017.