Ben Affleck's version of #BruceWayne has become a pivotal part of the DCEU, so it's only natural that a movie based entirely around him in this new superhero world is on its way. Despite this, Affleck has given us conflicting reports regarding production and release windows, leaving us in the dark (pun intended) when it comes to a confirmation.
Well, fanboys of the world, two new pieces of information have come out that finally confirm when we should expect #TheBatman to hit theaters.
During an interview with Variety for his upcoming 1940s thriller, Live By Night, Affleck was asked about the state of his Dark Knight film (because, you know, if you have the guy in charge of a movie about one of the most important superheroes in the planet answering questions for you, you can't let him go without asking him about it).
The actor revealed that everything is on track to start production in the spring of next year and said:
“We’re on the right track with that and everything is coming together. We’re still finishing up a script. I’m very excited.”
Finally knowing an official window for filming is a relief, as the actor's been very vocal about being nowhere near ready when it came to his solo #Batman outing. Just days ago, he said this during a Q&A session for The New York Times:
"We still have to get a screenplay and get it together. I’m a real believer in not reverse engineering projects to meet a window or a date, but rather when you get the right story, the right idea, the right thing, then you make the movie. That’s what we’re doing, and I’m hoping to get that done. I’m spending a lot of time working on that, but also working on other stuff."
Does him finally confirming the start of production means the film is finally working for him? That's a mystery, but remember we had two pieces of information that finally confirmed when we'll get to see the Caped Crusader fly... pardon, glide solo?
Well, Greg Silverman is stepping down as President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production for Warner Bros. Silverman, who leaves in very good terms with the company, talked about the studio's strong next few years, and that's when he dropped the bombshell:
“But then in 2016, you feel how this place can work, when things go well [...] Next year, 'Batman Lego' looks like a monster, and 'King Kong' looks like a global hit and we have Chris Nolan’s 'Dunkirk', and King Arthur, and 'Wonder Woman', which is such a joy for the studio and fans. Zack Snyder’s 'Justice League' is a big film [...] Then in 2018, there is a second 'Fantastic Beasts' film, and 'Ready Player One' [...] There is 'Aquaman' with James Wan, and 'Scooby Doo' will be a huge launch and then there is 'Lego Ninjago'. And then there is Ben Affleck’s 'Batman'.
If we combine both statements from #BenAffleck and Silverman, we can see that things are finally falling into place for The Batman. If production's starting in early 2017, it's reasonable to think the film could be released sometime in 2018. This is also supported by one, Deathstroke himself, Joe Manganiello, confirming The Batman would begin filming in the spring and two, Justice League 2 being pushed back in order to give the Caped Crusader some solo time in the spotlight.
It's been a rough year for Warner Bros. and the #DCEU with two critical duds in a row in the same year in the form of Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad. Recently, it was announced that a Harley Quinn-centric, David-Ayer directed Gotham City Sirens is hitting theaters in the very near future.
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Now, with Ben Affleck's Batman movie being on track for a 2018 release, it's easy to see the studio is putting the DCEU on top of the shoulders of the Caped Crusader's world. And it makes sense, so far; their Batman and #HarleyQuinn have been the best-received aspects of the universe, so it's understandable Warner Bros. and DC want as much attention on them as possible.