'The Batman' news, release date: Ben Affleck unsure about directing DC film

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

As part of DC's long-term film plans, Ben Affleck is set to star in "The Batman" after appearing as the titular character in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and making a noticeable cameo in "Suicide Squad." And while it was initially believed that the multi-talented actor will also direct the upcoming film, he recently revealed that nothing has been set in stone yet.

Affleck is no stranger to directing films — having previously helmed a number of films, including 2012's critically acclaimed film "Argo," which won the Academy Award for Best Picture, apart from earning several other nods. And after the disaster that was "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice," which was panned for its direction — among other things — a lot of people became hopeful that Affleck would do wonders with "The Batman." However, the actor recently told The Guardian in an interview that the decision is still up in the air.

"That's the idea. But it's not a set thing and there's no script," he said. "If it doesn't come together in a way I think is really great I'm not going to do it."

By the looks of it, nothing about the film is final yet, although Affleck previously admitted that production is set to begin in the spring later this year.

"We're on the right track with that and everything is coming together," Affleck said. "We're still finishing up a script. I'm very excited.

At the same time, Affleck also put his two cents in on the idea of directing "The Batman" after so many others before him tried their hands at various iterations. "I respect all of those [Batman] movies," he said.

"At a certain point you have to look forward and try to believe in your own vision for it and not be looking over your shoulder the whole time," he continued.

It looks like nothing can be determined for certain right now, so fans will just have to wait until an official announcement is made.

"The Batman" is slated to premiere in 2018.

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