Despite a rumor that made waves over the weekend, there probably won’t be four Batman-related movies arriving in 2019. The rumor surfaced just a few days ago (at the time of writing this), indicating that DC and Warner Bros. are planning four separate Batman-oriented movies for release in two years’ time. While the rumor was delivered with a hefty dose of salt, it still got the Internet buzzing.
While WB/DC currently has Matt Reeves’ The Batman, David Ayer’s Gotham City Sirens, Chris McKay’s Nightwing, and Joss Whedon’s Batgirl DC Extended Universe movie in development, only The Batman and Gotham City Sirens seem to have a good shot at making a 2019 release date, at the moment. While that outlook could change (either way) over the year ahead, right now it doesn’t appear as though WB/DC are banking on having four movies featuring the Caped Crusader (in some form) ready to hit theaters by 2019.
WB executive producer Jon Berg took to Twitter earlier to joke about the rumor with DC Entertainment President, Geoff Johns. Together, they’re the two people that are ultimately in-charge of the DCEU and know more than anyone what films are planned (and when they’ll be ready to arrive). Berg poked fun at the rumor and the sheer number of proposed Batman films in one year, with Johns (jokingly) suggesting one of the many Bat-films they could attempt:
Funnily enough, we recently wrote about how Bat-Mite was one of the characters we’ll never see in the DCEU. While Johns clearly feels the same way, perhaps it’s all just a huge ruse to drum up support for a Bat-Mite film. (Okay, probably not.) Instead, it’s a fun example of how rumors based on vague sources can take on a life of their own. It also shows that even the higher ups are listening and more than willing to comment when something is just too off the wall to be reality.
In the meantime, DC does have plenty of films on the horizon. Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman will be hitting theaters in just a few months, with Zack Snyder’s Justice League pulling together the DCEU’s biggest superheroes in the fall. As things stand, James Wan’s Aquaman remains slated to debut late in 2018, followed by Shazam in 2019, then Cyborg and Green Lantern Corps in 2020. Whether the future of the DCEU will deviate (or not) from that course, remains to be seen from here.