Although it’s likely getting a bit blown out of proportion, the big kerfuffle right now in the cinematic world of the DC Extended Universe is surrounding Ben Affleck’s involvement and comments on the upcoming Batman solo film. Not only will the Batfleck be starring in the film – fresh off his surprisingly decent turn as Bruce Wayne in this year’s ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’ – he’s co-writing the script with DC big-wig Geoff Johns, and rumor has it he’s on the short list to direct the film as well.
During his current promotional tour stops – he’s out pimping his new film, ‘The Accountant,’ which opens next week – Affleck mentioned in an interview that the new Batman solo film was officially a go, and it would be titled ‘The Batman.’ In the same interview, he did say that was a working title and was subject to change, as many movie’s titles are, but he seemed confident enough in the title to mention it at all.
Yesterday, however, in an interview with E! News Facebook Live, Affleck attempted to clarify his comments a bit:
“I mentioned the other day… it’s been around for a long time, but 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 name of his Batman movie.’”
Interesting to note that not only has he backed off the “official” titling of the film, now Affleck is stating that the movie itself is not a guarantee to be made at all. With DC making such long-range plans for their characters over the next 5-plus years, this would be something that they had locked down already…
While solo films for The Flash and (maybe) Batman, along with ‘Dark Universe’ and ‘Man of Steel 2′ all do not have set US release dates at this time, here’s what we do know about the upcoming DC films’ premieres: ‘Wonder Woman’ opens in theaters on June 2, 2017; ‘Justice League’ debuts on November 17, 2017; ‘Aquaman’ comes out on July 27, 2018; an untitled DC Film will release on October 5, 2018; ‘Shazam’ premieres April 5, 2019; ‘Justice League 2’ is currently slated for June 14, 2019; another untitled DC film will land on November 1, 2019; ‘Cyborg’ comes out on April 3, 2020; and ‘Green Lantern Corps’ is in front of audiences on July 24, 2020.
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