Ben Affleck is no stranger to pressure, but when it comes to superhero films that pressure increases ten fold.
Affleck knows it too, especially when it comes to DC Comics icon Batman. His version of the character might be a bit too brutal for some, but his portrayal of the character has been one of the more celebrated aspects of DC's cinematic universe thus far.
In a recent interview with USA Today, Affleck is embracing the pressure that comes along with his upcoming Batman solo feature, and he knows he's in for a rollercoaster of a ride.
"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. There’s no doubt."
That stress is a big reason why he's not letting the film out of his sight until he's completely satisfied with it, saying "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. 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."
The film has no official release date or cast other than Affleck, Jeremy Irons (Alfred Pennyworth), and Joe Manganiello (Deathstroke), and it is being developed by Affleck and DC lore guru and Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns.
Wonder Woman opens in theaters on June 2, 2017, followed by Justice League on November 17, 2017; Aquaman on July 27, 2018; Shazam on April 5, 2019; Justice League 2 on June 14, 2019; Cyborg on April 3, 2020; and Green Lantern Corps on July 24, 2020. The Flash, The Batman, Dark Universe and Man of Steel 2 are currently without release dates.
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