As much as I’m one of the few (outside of Kevin Smith) who is excited to see Ben Affleck don the cape and cowl to play Batman, it seems that even a fan like myself has found a downside to this casting. The downside? Live By Night, Affleck’s next project behind the camera, has now been pushed back from an original release date of Christmas 2015 all the way to October 7th, 2016. That’s a full ten months and one awards season later, though considering the film hasn’t even gotten close to shooting yet and his little movie opposite Superman probably is Warner Brothers’ bigger priority, it’s not a huge shock. Still, it’s longer to wait and likely pushes all of Affleck’s other directorial endeavors back a year or two. You can see a little bit more below, but this flick, based on a Dennis Lehane book of the same name, is definitely one we’ll be talking about a lot as an Oscar contender a few years from now. The wait is just longer now.
Here’s the story from Variety:
Warner Bros. has pushed back Ben Affleck’s “Live by Night” by 10 months from Christmas Day 2015 to Oct. 7, 2016 — the first title on that date.
Affleck is directing from his own script in addition to producing and starring in the adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel of the same name about a police officer who descends into a life of crime. Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way and Jennifer Davisson Killoran are also producing.
Lehane also wrote the book which inspired Affleck’s feature directorial debut, “Gone Baby Gone.” “Live By Night” represents Affleck’s first directorial gig since winning the best picture Academy Award for “Argo.”
Affleck is also starring as Batman in Warner Bros.’ untitled Superman-Batman movie. It’s set for release on May 6, 2016 — the same date as Marvel-Disney’s “Captain America 3.”
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