Warner Bros has pushed back two movies involving Ben Affleck. The Accountant, the Gavin O’Connor-directed film that Affleck stars in, has been pushed from its January 29, 2016 berth to open October 7, 2016. At the same time, Warner Bros has moved from October 7, 2016 to an undated 2017 berth for Live by Night, Affleck’s adaptation of the Dennis Lehane novel that he also plans to star in. That one begins shooting in November so there was no way the original date was going to work, given the post production schedule and Affleck needing to begin shooting Justice League Part 1 next spring.
This shines a light on the story Deadline broke during Comic-Con, that Affleck was quietly teaming with DC’s Geoff Johns to write a freestanding Batman movie that Affleck hopes to direct and star in. Warner Bros would not even confirm this at the time, but I believe the hope was to get the draft done before he goes off to helm the Miami-set crime tale Live By Night, a film that reunites him with Lehane. Affleck made his directorial debut on Lehane’s novel Gone Baby Gone. This positions Warner Bros to be able to rebirth its Batman franchise and get production underway after Live By Night. Warner Bros has a steady stream of DC Comics movies coming, but having a new Batfilm by the director of the Best Picture winner Argo has to be a welcome prospect though there’s no big rush. Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice bows March 25, 2016, and Justice League comes out November 17, 2017. That’ll provide Affleck’s Batman movie with two storylines, with the film picking up from there.