Ben Affleck is not fully committed to directing the upcoming standalone Batman movie. He told The Guardian that him being behind the camera for the movie is "not a set thing." "That's the idea," Affleck said about directing the movie ( via Entertainment Weekly ). "But it's not a set thing and there's no script. If it doesn't come together in a way I think is really great I'm not going to do it." The movie is reportedly tentatively titled The Batman . In the middle of December, Affleck said the finishing touches were being put on the script . "We're on the right track with that and everything is coming together," he said at the time. "We're still finishing up a script. I'm very excited." There has been speculation that Affleck's new, untitled Batman could come out in summer 2018 , though this is not confirmed. In August, Affleck released some early test footage of Deathstroke , who is confirmed as the villain in the movie. A week later, it was confirmed that Joe Manganiello had been cast in the role . Affleck first played Batman in 2016's Batman v Superman . He'll play the character again in this summer's Justice League .