'The Batman' news and updates: Ben Affleck confirms role as director, talks pressure of taking on superhero film

(REUTERS/Luke MacGregor)Ben Affleck will reprise his role as Bruce Wayne in "Justice League" and "The Batman."

Rumors have been circulating that Ben Affleck will no longer be on board as director of "The Batman," but the actor has since reaffirmed his role while guesting on "Jimmy Kimmel Live." Moreover, Affleck also talked about the pressure on his shoulders brought on by the upcoming DC film.

"If it doesn't come together in a way I think is really great I'm not going to do it," Affleck previously said, igniting speculations that he was reconsidering his role as director of the film. However, while speaking to Jimmy Kimmel about another DC film, "Justice League," Affleck stated that he is still going to direct his standalone superhero flick.

"I'm gonna direct the next 'Batman,'" the multitalented actor said. "We're working on it."

Affleck continued to explain that the anticipation for "The Batman" is weighing on him a little bit, especially given the huge fan base. In an interview with USA Today, the Academy Award winner explained that he will only start the project when he's ready.

"Superhero movies get the level of attention that is nothing like any film I've done," he said. "I understand and embrace that. That's part of the pressure that comes with doing it. That's why I am not going to do it, unless I really feel confident about it."

He went on to say that that production of "The Batman" will undoubtedly "be the most pressure, the most stress I have ever experienced in my professional life."

Given Affleck's recent revelations, it doesn't seem like "The Batman" will commence filming in the spring, which is what was previously expected. For a huge project like this, it comes as no surprise that Affleck is already feeling the stress that will come with helming the superhero movie. But for a man with numerous accolades under his belt, fans are certainly looking forward to how he translates the film on screen.

"The Batman" is expected to premiere in 2018.

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