Sometimes keeping things simple is the best plan of attack. At least, that’s what Ben Affleck has in mind as he looks ahead to his standalone Batman film, which he’s writing, directing, and will obviously be starring in. Rather than argue the pros and cons of whether to use a v. or a vs. in Batman v Deathstroke (click here to see Affleck explain why he chose Deathstroke as the villain), or include a cumbersome colon in a painfully long subtitle, Affleck has opted to title the film simply, The Batman.
Now, because this his Hollywood, that title could easily change between now and the film’s release date, but I’m hoping it sticks. To my knowledge, only the 2004 animated series featuring Rino Romano as the voice of the title character has used the same phrasing, so the movie-verse can certainly accommodate a feature by that name. And it would be a welcome departure from subtitles, Part 1s and Part 2s. Affleck tentatively confirmed that The Batman is the title they’re sticking with for the moment during his press tour for his upcoming action/thriller, The Accountant.
“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.”
Elsewhere in his press rounds for The Accountant, Affleck addressed the fallout from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in a chat with FOX 5 DC. See what he had to say in the video interview below (jump to 1:43 if you want to get right to it):
“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.”
Keep an eye out for more news on The Batman as Affleck & Co. head toward the release of Justice League, due out in a little more than a year’s time on November 17, 2017.