ByKit Simpson Browne, writer at
Staff Writer, Superheroes, Star Wars and such. Bad jokes aplenty. Can be gently prodded on Twitter at @kitsb1
Kit Simpson Browne

So, here's the deal, so you don't worry: A #Batman movie will eventually get made. After all, he's Batman, and there are few better ways for a major movie studio to turn a profit than by releasing a movie with his name all over it. Over the course of the next five years or so, the Dark Knight will most assuredly emerge on the big screen in a solo movie of some kind, and he will almost certainly be played by #BenAffleck when he does so.

That, though, is far less certainty than we seemed to have last week, when Affleck — who's set to co-write and direct the movie, as well as star in it — apparently revealed the name of Batman's solo movie, thus implying that the project was well under way. Add to that the recent casting of #JoeManganiello as the movie's villain, #Deathstroke, and it seemed that #TheBatman was very much on its way. The only problem?

Ben Affleck Just Revealed That Batman's Solo Movie 'Isn't Happening Yet'

"Also I killed your puppy" [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice/Warner Bros]
"Also I killed your puppy" [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice/Warner Bros]

Y'see, according to Affleck, his reference to Batman's solo movie being potentially called The Batman was simply intended as an off the cuff remark, and shouldn't have been taken to suggest that the film was a) going to be called The Batman, or b) was anywhere near entering production. As he told E! News during a recent Facebook live event:

"I mentioned the other day… it’s been around for a long time, the movie… there is no Batman movie happening yet, we’re still trying to figure it out, you know, get the script and budget and all that stuff. And someone said, ‘what are you calling it?’ and I had said, like, back when we were promoting another movie, I was like ‘we don’t have a name for it, we’re just going with 'The Batman' or 'Batman movie,’ and I said that, and everyone was like ‘Affleck announces the title of his Batman movie.’"

Which, in fairness, sounds like the sort of optimistic assumption that we would collectively make, seeing as we'd all presumably quite like to see a Batman solo movie actually exist in the near future. Though perhaps not one with musical numbers:

With Affleck's latest comments seemingly snuffing out any hope of seeing such a movie in the immediate future, though, perhaps it's time to start putting some of our anticipatory eggs in the #JusticeLeague basket. After all, while Batman may not be getting a solo movie anytime soon, he is about to get DC's most famous gang back together.

Want more on the Justice League? Never fear, we've got you covered right here.

In the meantime, what do you think? When do you think we'll actually see a solo Batman movie? Let us know below!