Warner Bros. Delays Two Ben Affleck Movies to Make Room For ‘Batman vs. Superman’ Spinoff
If you were to assemble a list of the busiest guys in the film business, Ben Affleck would probably being hanging out near the top. As a writer, producer, director, and actor, he bounces around the Hollywood spectrum, dividing his time between massive blockbusters and smaller, more personal projects. Eventually, something had to give. Two of Affleck’s upcoming movies, Live by Night and The Accountant, have been delayed to make room for the star to write and direct the Batman vs. Superman spinoff, The Batman.
Deadline reports that Warner Bros., who are big players in the Ben Affleck Business, has shuffled their Affleck schedule. The Accountant, an assassin thriller directed by Warrior’s Gavin O’Connor, Will now open on October 7, 2017, pushed way back from its original January 29, 2016 release date. Live By Night, Affleck’s next directorial effort and his second Dennis Lehane adaptation, has been pulled from its October 7, 2016 release date and will be released sometime in 2017. In other words, Warner Bros. really, really wanted a new Affleck film in theaters on October 7.
The Live by Night delay is understandable, as the film begins shooting in November and will simply need more than 11 months to finish. The move for The Accountant is actually a promising sign, as an October release shows more confidence than a January release. Deadline also speculates that Affleck plans to complete a draft of The Batman, the first solo Batman movie (which he will supposedly also direct) before starting work on Live by Night. Like we said – busy guy.
Oh, and Batman vs. Superman opens on March 25, 2015 and Affleck will also have to find time to shoot the first Justice League movie, which will arrive on November 17, 2017. We hope you like Ben Affleck because the next two years will chock full of the guy. You won’t be able to walk through a theater lobby without stumbling over one of his movies.
Batman vs. Superman will open on March 26, 2016.