Affleck’s Solo Batman Film Causes ‘Justice League’ Sequel Delay

By December 11, 2016

Warner Bros. continues to shuffle release dates for the films in their DC Extended Universe, and the latest casualty is the sequel to Zack Snyder’s Justice League.

Originally slated for a mid-2019 release, the film is now being pushed back to make room for a standalone Batman adventure with Ben Affleck in the director’s chair.

The reveal comes from The Hollywood Reporter, which recently confirmed Snyder’s next project will be The Last Photograph, a thriller he originally set up shortly after the success of 300. With Warner Bros. sliding Affleck’s film into the spot previously staked out by Justice League Part 2, Snyder is opting to use the opening in his own schedule to finally get the project off the ground.

According to THR, The Last Photograph will tell the story of a war correspondent in Afghanistan who survives an attack on a group of Americans. He eventually finds himself teaming up with a special operations soldier to track down a family member, and hopefully score an exclusive story in the process.

Christian Bale and Sean Penn were attached to The Last Photograph in 2011, but Snyder’s current plan is to repackage the film and pitch it to Warner Bros, with whom he already has a first-look deal. Production will likely begin late next year.

Meanwhile, we haven’t heard much recently about the Batman adventure that Affleck will helm. The last comments from the director himself indicated the script is still coming together.

What we do know is that Joe Manganiello has been cast as Slade Wilson, better known to comic readers as the assassin Deathstroke. Other rumors have pointed to the film being set in Arkham Asylum and featuring a huge collection of villains from the Batman mythology. But so far those reports haven’t been confirmed.

A new release date for Justice League Part 2 has not been announced. The first Justice League hits theaters next November.

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Brent Hankins

Brent Hankins

Contributing Writer at GeekNation
Brent Hankins is a member of the Phoenix Critics Circle and co-host of the Drinks and Discourse podcast. He's also the proud owner of an Italian Greyhound named Sullivan. He's adorable (the dog, not the author).