When the DC Films restructuring was announced at WB, was announced, post BvS disaster, the ace in the hole that WB seemed to be holding was a standalone Batman film to be co-written and directed by Oscar winner Ben Affleck, a quality filmmaker with a commitment to the character. Indeed, reports of the joyous collaboration between Affleck and co-writer Geoff Johns inspired hope in all who saw them.
But since then, this solo movie seems to have gotten further and further away, with Affleck getting more and more vague about what was happening with the movie, and a “it’ll be ready when the script is ready and scripts take time” messaging.
But now, perhaps the real reason has been revealed: Affleck just doesn’t want to have to wear a big heavy sweaty costume he can’t pee in while directing a complicated action film that he’s in nearly every scene of:
“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.
Previous Batman Christian Bale famously advised Affleck to get a zipper in the suit to making bodily functions more convenient.
As we know from the famed “Sad Affleck” Video, the filmmaker is no stranger to contemplation of the larger ramifications of his job and the rigours of filmmaking. Possible after making Justice League, which opens November 17, Affleck came to realize that he’s too old for this shit, shit being directing a movie while wearing a Bat suit.
Maybe it’s time to go back to a minimalist look? Looks lighter and more mobile and maybe easier to pee in.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.