Rumors are a dime a dozen in this business. You can’t seem to take a step outside your door without stumbling upon one regarding the DC Extended Universe, and there’s been a lot of back-and-forth regarding its progress, planned release dates, and potential star of The Batman. Will Affleck star? Will he be replaced? If so, who will take his spot? These questions have swung from side to side like a pendulum.
When last we heard, rumors were hitting about Godless actor Jack O’Connell taking up the cowl, and if not him, the studio was aiming for a star around 25 to 30 years of age. As with all rumors, we cautioned to take it with a grain of salt, and on the heels of that, we’re getting our first rebuttal from that recent claim.
Forbes has written an extensive (mostly opinion-focused) piece, but scattered about it are some interesting tidbits. For starters, the writer Mark Hughes claims that the project is “firmly written and planned for a new, younger version of Batman portrayed by a different actor.” So as it stands, the rumors surrounding a younger actor seem to be corroborated by this particular journalist.
The outlet also went on to claim that the Penguin will be one of a few villains in the film, and that he was actually supposed to be in Birds of Prey, but was replaced by Black Mask in order to better serve The Batman. He then reiterates the complete control Reeves has over this film and the expectation of multiple Batman films (though only one has been officially announced).
He then mentions the release date. While it’s relatively unfounded, he pushes summer or spring 2021 as the potential release timeframe but concedes that certain factors like potential delays, other future DC projects, etc. could ultimately mean a 2022 release date.
Finally, as far as O’Connell potentially starring, the outlet chalks it up to circulating conversations. O’Connell isn’t a new name and has been favored for some time, and he believes these names being repeated are just a result of a cycle, as the actor hasn’t had any talks with the studio. He goes on to say that it COULD happen, but believes any reports on it aren’t really founded in any current goings-on behind the scenes.
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