Another day, another turn on the ride known as The Batman.
Just 48 hours ago we passed along some comments that made director/star Ben Affleck sound- shall we say?– less than committal about the project, and today, like clockwork, there’s word on the production moving along.
While Affleck recently revealed that it’s no longer “set” that he’s going to direct it, that the film has “no script,” and that if they can’t get it up to his desired level of quality that he “won’t do it,” it looks like Warner Bros. is busy putting together the production plan for The Batman. According to Batman-On-Film, a confidential source says that the studio is currently prepping the film for a shoot in Los Angeles.
Folks are now speculating that Warner Bros. is looking to keep the production close to its home base in California, with a good deal of the filming possibly taking place on the WB studio lot. This is in contrast to the next few DC films, which have shot overseas- With Wonder Woman, Justice League, The Flash, and Aquaman all either having filmed, or being set to film in countries like England, Italy, and Australia.
There were rumors, many moons ago, that The Batman was going to borrow from the popular Rocksteady Arkham Asylum video game series. If, like the first game, the film will be set almost entirely within the walls of the iconic fictional asylum, then it almost doesn’t matter what city they film in, because most of the movie will be interiors. That would stand in stark contrast to the last few solo Batman films, where director Christopher Nolan used a combination of cities like Chicago, London, and Pittsburgh to create a vivid and layered Gotham City.
Personally, I think that’d be cool. Give The Batman his own The Raid-type of movie, or his own Dredd. The character lends itself perfectly to an intimate, brutal, bare bones tale.
Let’s take a step back for now, though, since that’s just adding an old rumored premise onto a rumor. Don’t want to get carried away.
For now, all we know is that it looks like The Batman will film in or around Los Angeles. If that pans out, Affleck may love not having to ship off overseas to film for several months. Heck, some might say that’s the main reason they’d choose L.A.
The timetable for production on The Batman to begin is anyone’s guess. While Variety recently reported that it would film this spring, and Deathstroke actor Joe Manganiello saying the same, that was the common knowledge. Affleck’s recent comments put all of that in doubt, though.