Rumor: The Solo ‘Batman’ Movie Will Feature Multiple Iconic Villains?

By May 2, 2016
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There’s already a lot of hype and anticipation being thrown towards Ben Affleck’s solo Batman movie, which was just recently confirmed to be happening by DC a few weeks ago. Collaborating with Geoff Johns on the film, Affleck’s take on the character in Batman v Superman was so beloved, that despite some of the movie’s glaring problems, it’s nearly impossible not to be excited about what Affleck could possibly bring as the director, co-writer, and star of his own Batman film.

Following a recent report stating that Affleck and Johns will have complete creative control over the project as well, it looks like the solo Batman movie may be capitalizing on The Dark Knight’s world and large array of characters in some big ways.

Birth.Movies.Death. is reporting that the solo Batman movie may feature multiple antagonists/villains from the Batman comics, though it’s unclear which villains may be making appearances in the film, as well as which ones will possibly have actual substantial roles in the film, or possibly be merely cameos alone, perhaps thanks to a visit from the Dark Knight to Arkham Asylum. This is apparently all in attempts from Johns and Affleck to create a sprawling, cinematic Bat-universe to play around in.

It’s an interesting report, and not a surprising one honestly. Since Affleck’s Batman has already been acting as a vigilante for years, then he already has an established universe and histories with other characters in place (which will apparently be incorporated into Suicide Squad this year as well), and it would be foolish not to capitalize on the kinds of opportunities that presents.

Many have theorized that Affleck’s The Batman (not an official title) could be a loose adaptation of Under the Red Hood as well, following the inclusion of the dead Robin costume featured in Affleck’s Batcave in Batman v Superman, which belonged to Jason Todd. In that specific story, Todd comes back from the dead insane and becomes a killing-machine vigilante that Batman is forced to take down. The adaptation would allow for small appearances from other possible characters in the Batman comics as well, including Jared Leto’s Joker or even Ra’s Al Ghul.

There were of course references/Easter eggs to other Batman villains in Dawn of Justice as well, with some of the more notable belonging to The Joker and The Ridder, the latter of whom I’m most hoping will make an appearance in the film, simply in the hopes of seeing a legitimately good Riddler put onscreen for the first time, since he’s always been a favorite of mine. At this point though, the possibilities are unlimited, and it’ll be interesting to see just how deeply Affleck and Johns are planning on diving into the Batman lore this time around. Hopefully, quite a bit.

The solo Batman movie does not have a release date yet, though a 2018 window has been rumored heavily.

Make sure to keep checking back for more updates — right here on GeekNation.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable