For a long time now, Ben Affleck has been going back and fore on what is happening with The Batman. He’s supposed to be writing the movie alongside comic book scribe Geoff Johns before directing and starring in it, and while both he and various other cast members have indicated that the movie will start shooting this spring, that may not be the case after all.

With Live by Night under-performing at the box office and receiving scathing reviews (making it Affleck’s first disappointment as a director following the success of Gone Baby Gone, The Town, and the Oscar-winning Argo), it seems like the Justice League star is having second thoughts about it being his next project. “That’s the idea. But 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.”

Ben Affleck as Batman

Chances are The Batman will eventually happen – Justice League 2 may have even been pushed back to make room for it – but Affleck doesn’t exactly sound all that optimistic!

Now, with Live by Night not doing well, Affleck could decide to pull the plug on the movie if he’s not 100% confident in its chances of success. What can Warner Bros. do about that? Very little right now, especially as the director also plays Batman in the DC Films Universe…

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