'Batman-Superman' Forces Delay of Ben Affleck's 'Live by Night'

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UPDATED: The actor needs the extra time because of his role in Zack Snyder's superhero tentpole, which is about to start shooting in Detroit.

Audiences will have to wait longer than expected to see Ben Affleck's Prohibition-era drama Live by Night.

Warner Bros. announced Wednesday it is pushing back the release of the movie from Dec. 25, 2015, to Oct. 7, 2016, the same corridor the studio used to launch Affleck's Gone Baby Gone and Argo.

Insiders say the studio and Affleck knew they'd have to delay Live by Night when Zack Snyder's Batman-Superman tentpole was moved back a year, from summer 2015 to May 6, 2016. Affleck plays Batman in the superhero movie, which is set to start shooting soon in Detroit.

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Affleck is set to both direct and star in Live by Night, based on Dennis Lehane's novel of the same name. Other than Affleck, no other cast is currently known. Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way is producing the movie, about the son of a cop who descends into a life of crime.

At the same time, Warner Bros. said it will release an untitled New Line comedy on Nov. 13, 2015, and Jeff Nichols' sci-fi film Midnight Special on Nov. 25, 2015. Midnight Special stars Adam Driver, Michael Shannon, Kirsten Dunst and Joel Edgerton.

The studio doesn't yet know which comedy it will put in the November slot, saying New Line has several R-rated titles in the works, including a We're the Millers sequel.

Warners also dated two untitled animation films, one for Feb. 10, 2017, and the other for Feb. 9, 2018. Thanks to the success of The Lego Movie, the studio is moving aggressively into the animation space via the newly formed Warner Animation Group.