Update: Batman will film in the Spring.
Though Joe Manganiello recently said the new Ben Affleck Batman movie begins filming this year, now Ben Affleck one again says he's not in a hurry to direct and do the new Batman film.
The NY Times posted a Facebook Live video with Ben Affleck where he offers the following about the Batman movie.
"We still have to get a screenplay and get it together. I’m a real believer in not reverse engineering projects to meet a window or a date, but rather when you get the right story, the right idea, the right thing, then you make the movie. That’s what we’re doing, and I’m hoping to get that done. I’m spending a lot of time working on that, but also working on other stuff."
"If I could, there’s nothing I’d love more than to direct a stand-alone iconic, great Batman movie. But it’s been done. Chris Nolan did three really great movies. I’m mindful of that. I’m not in any hurry to jam the mediocre movie down the pipe. I really want to make sure, if we do it, we get the great version and one that’s worthy of tradition of guys like Tim Burton, Chris Nolan, and Christian Bale."
It's unknown why on one hand both Joe Manganiello and Jeremy Irons are stating the new Batman movie begins filming soon, while on the other Ben Affleck seems hesitant. It's possible Ben Affleck could be playing it low as he's waiting on the big announcement to go through.
It's also possible that they did get the Batman movie script right and to Affleck's liking as the news recently hit that Justice League 2 is pushed back due to the new Batman movie.
As of right now, there is still no official announcement regarding Ben Affleck's Batman movie or release date.
Ben Affleck next appears as Batman in Zack Snyder's Justice League, out November 17, 2017.