When the leaked release schedule for Warner Bros.’ upcoming DC movie slate hit the internet, there was one movie that was conspicuously absent from the lineup: a new solo Batman film. The Dark Knight is one of WB’s major moneymakers – Nolan’s films alone made almost two and a half BILLION dollars worldwide – and with Ben Affleck taking over for Christian Bale as the man beneath the cowl, it only makes sense that the studio would capitalize on that star power to make more Batman standalone films.
Latino Review’s sources are telling them that Warner Bros. is eyeing a 2019 release date for a new Batman solo movie, which will be called The Batman. That timeline makes a good deal of sense, considering Affleck will go straight from shooting Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to directing Live By Night, his directorial follow-up to Argo. And if earlier reports are true, there’s a Justice League film that will be coming in 2017, and with Affleck as busy as he is, there’s a good chance he won’t be a major part of any other DC film coming out after that until he gets his own Batman movie.
There’s also talk about whether or not Affleck would direct this movie. Nothing has been made official on that front yet (even the idea that The Batman is coming out is still a rumor, remember), but the idea isn’t outside the realm of possibility. Affleck has a great working relationship with WB, and it would certainly catapult his directing career to a new level if he decided he was up for the challenge of making a Batman movie. There are probably only a handful of people that the fanboy crowd would feel comfortable handling that solo franchise after Nolan made his mark, and even though some people may have freaked out when he was initially cast as Batman, I’m guessing most fans realize he’s an amazing director.
What do you think? Are you looking forward to seeing an Affleck-led solo Batman film?
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