Ben Affleck’s got a lot on his plate at the moment. He’s starring in upcoming thriller The Accountant, starring and directing in period crime epic Live By Night, and he’s starring in Zack Snyder’s Justice League.
He’s also found time to pretty much confirm the title of the solo Batman film he will be starring and directing in. Speaking to The Associated Press, Affleck said “The movie, I think, is going to be called The Batman. At least that’s what we’re going with now. I might change it. We’re working on the script. The script is going well. I’m really excited about it.”
While that’s obviously not quite a confirmation, it pretty much confirms what we’d all thought the film was called. In fairness, finding a great Batman movie title is getting harder and harder, and The Batman is probably as close as you can get to that gritty, real-world-ish vibe that they seem to be going for seeing as Christopher Nolan took The Dark Knight. At least until Affleck gets old enough to do The Dark Knight Returns.
Affleck is currently working on the script with DC veteran Geoff Johns, whose presence seems like a steadying hand on the wheel.
Elsewhere on the promotional circuit for The Accountant, which he must be going through anticipating Batman questions at every turn, Affleck spoke about why Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke will make for such a great villain.
He told Collider that “He’s a great villain because—I just had an instinctive feeling that he would match up with him well. You know, I’m a big admirer of that character as well, especially in the New 52 the way that they did Deathstroke, and I thought that it could work.”
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