The Batman is coming our way to hopefully give the DC Extended Universe a much needed boost. The highly-anticipated movie will be directed by Ben Affleck and will have Joe Manganiello as Slade Wilson/Deathstroke, the world's best assassin. Recently, we've gotten pretty exciting insight into The Batman with Time Warner's CEO revealing the movie would be hitting theaters in (approximately) a year and a half.
Unfortunately, not much is known about the project, not even a release date. Well now, thanks to Joe Manganiello, we know when Batman's next solo adventure will start filming. During an interview with Entertainment Tonight, the Magic Mike actor was asked about how he was doing after a health scare. He responded this:
"Great, man, just getting ready to go shoot Batman in the spring."
Everyone can breathe again? Awesome. It's great to finally have confirmation on such an important detail but, the question remains...
What Is Actually Going On With The Movie?
Ben Affleck has given us very interesting details on Batman's new movie: He confirmed the working title and gave us updates on the script; he also talked about what he liked about Deathstroke and why he was chosen as an antagonist for his film. However, more recently, he backtracked on his comments by saying:
"There is no Batman movie happening yet. We’re still trying to figure it out. So you know, get the script and budget and all that stuff. And someone said, ‘What’re you calling it?’ And I had said, when we were promoting another movie, we don’t have a name for it and right now we’re just calling it, ‘The Batman’ or ‘Batman Movie’ or ‘The Batman."
This creates the question of what is actually happening with The Batman? Is it happening soon or not? Time Warner CEO, Jeff Bewkes confirmed it himself:
“Ben announced a Batman movie [that] he’s going to direct, star, write for - I think it’s a year and a half out. So, the strategy worked.”
So, Affleck's comments don't erase all previous reports and chatters about the state of the project. What we have to consider is Ben Affleck's more aggressive approach to the media and the public.
He has a very distinct personality, demonstrating it by being happy and excited about his projects in some interviews to showing us the expression that made the "Sad Affleck" video so popular in others. That, plus the fact tat the last two movies in which he portrayed the Caped Crusader (Batman v Superman, Suicide Squad) weren't well received may be the reason behind him playing down the excitement for The Batman. It's possible he's nervous of over-hyping the project to avoid the aforementioned reception.
We also have to consider that he wasn't straight up saying he wouldn't be making a Batman movie, he was just (as mentioned above) toning down the anticipation for the project. Is that the right move? That's a "yes" and "no" answer. Yes because, as past movies have shown us, over-hype can really damage a project. "No" because we need to see confidence from the people making the movie, in this case, from Ben, who is writing directing and starring in it.
With Filming Starting So Soon, When Will We See It?
That's the question on all our minds right now, isn't it? The project is considerably far along development-wise, so when should we expect it? Warner Bros. recently announced two dates for "event movies": September 27, 2019 and February 7, 2020. Previously, the also announced an October 5, 2018 and November 1st, 2019.
However, with the film starting production next spring, it's doubtful it'll get a 2018 premiere. With so many movies in the DC pipeline after 2017 like The Flash, Aquaman and Shazam, I believe it's more likely that the Caped Crusader will hit theaters on September 27, 2019. That will give Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns a good amount of time to craft the movie well and give us an amazing adventure.
Let's remember though, that we're speculating and, as the movie business has taught so many times, unexpected things can happen: Maybe The Batman will meet the October 5, 2018 deadline, maybe Warner Bros. will slate another date to not have to wait three years to see Batman in his first solo movie in the DCEU, but we'll have to wait to see what happens. One thing's for sure though: The Batman will begin production next spring.
Are you excited for The Batman? When do you think it will hit theaters?