After Christopher Nolan's Batman movies, we started to wonder if we will ever get a Batman film again that could possibly come close to Nolan's vision of the franchise. Since both Ben Affleck (Oscar winning director) and Geoff Johns (writer of the comic series Flashpoint, and lead writer on Infinite Crisis) have been given artistic control of the film, and after a turbulent time in the DC movie world, things may finally be looking up.
Recently, we learned that the Justice League movie was pushed back to make room for The Batman (tentative title), and today Variety is reporting that the film should start shooting in the spring of 2017.
When the outlet asked Affleck about the progress, he replied, "We’re on the right track with that and everything is coming together. We’re still finishing up a script. I’m very excited.”
Hopefully, the script will be finished in time to start shooting in the early part of 2017 and we will have a new Batman film to digest the following year. But, there is no reason to rush this, as the script needs to be legit and compelling to fans.
Affleck has the right mindset as he said:
“I respect all of those [Batman] movies. Christopher Nolan did an incredible job, Christian Bale did an incredible job, Tim Burton did an incredible job. At a certain point you have to look forward and try to believe in your own vision for it and not be looking over your shoulder the whole time. I go into that movie with a tremendous amount of respect for the people who came before me.”
He is also known to be a comic fan, and has worked with Kevin Smith (huge comic fan, producer, director, and writer) early on in his career.
Currently, we know very little about the script, but we do know it will include the current anti-hero, and sometimes villain, Deathstroke. Joe Manganiello will be playing him, and has praised the movie's direction and thinks that the new Batman will be exceptional to both comic fans and unread moviegoers.
This quote from Affleck comes on the heels of a report stating that Justice League was pushed back from its 2019 slot to make room for The Batman. Given that an early 2017 shoot would lend itself to a 2018 release date, this only seems to muddy the waters, but we’ll have to see how it all comes out. The DC Extended Universe has proven itself to be, if nothing else, malleable.
We still have a long time to wait, but in the mean time we get to speculate about Affleck's vision, and hope the film will be a departure from the other modern DC titles we have seen. Lets hear your thoughts!
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