A new report suggests that The Batman standalone film, which has been in development hell for years, may not begin filming until 2019.
If you were one of the many who were anxiously awaiting for the Ben Affleck Batman solo film to arrive in theaters, you better get comfortable. You may be waiting for quite a while.
Of course, another delay shouldn’t surprise anyone who has followed the on again/off again saga of The Batman. It’s safe to say that other than the Flash solo film, there is no other project in the DC Extended Universe that has seen so many problems.
When the film was first announced, Affleck was set to both star and direct the project from a script by him and DC scribe Geoff Johns. Then Affleck revealed that he wouldn’t be directing the film, just reprising his role as Bruce Wayne and that War for the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves would instead be behind the camera.
Once Reeves had officially signed on, he threw out the script that Affleck and Johns had written and stared from scratch, going for more of a hardboiled detective story instead. And as a result, once again the release date for The Batman was pushed back.
Then that led to the rumors that Affleck wanted out of the DCEU and the role of Batman and that the solo film would be outside the established universe of the DCEU. Reeves quickly clarified that yes, The Batman is a indeed a part of the DCEU via his Twitter account but as for Affleck, that is still up in the air.
Jeez, what'd I miss, guys…? 😀
Just to be clear: Of COURSE Batman will be part of the D.C. Universe. Batman will be BATMAN…
— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) August 24, 2017
Affleck is only under contract for one more appearance as Batman, which won’t work if Reeves goes ahead with plans for The Batman to be the first film of a trilogy. So that means either Affleck has to sign a new contract or they need to recast the role since he is scheduled to appear as the Dark Knight in Flashpoint when (and if) that project begins filming.
In any event, it looks like Warner Bros. and Reeves will have plenty of time to figure things out. A report from Heroic Hollywood is suggesting that the earliest The Batman may begin production in 2019 and even that isn’t 100 percent certain as of yet.
Part of this may be to give Reeves time to recast the role and do any rewrites because of the changes. Rumors have circulated for months that both Jake Gyllenhaal and Jon Hamm are the leading candidates to take over the part but neither actor has commented on the possibility.
Of course, Warner Bros. currently has four DCEU films in various stages of production, with Shazam! currently filming and Wonder Woman 2 set to begin production after that. Then Suicide Squad 2 goes in front of the cameras to be followed by Flashpoint.
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What all that means is that The Batman will not arrive in a theater near you until 2020 at the earliest and likely not until 2021.
Will The Batman be worth the wait? Given how low the barometer for the DCEU has been so far, we’ll all have to just see what happens.
Keep it here on The Fanboy Review for more updates as they happen.