Actor Ben Affleck confirmed the making of The Batman movie on October 3, 2016, during an interview with The Associated Press. Affleck is DC Extended Universe’s (DCEU) Bruce Wayne/Batman. He first appeared in the movie Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, alongside Henry Cavill (Superman/Clark Kent) and Gal Gadot (Diana Prince/Wonder Woman), and both actors are set to reprise their roles in the upcoming film, Justice League.
At the time of the interview, Affleck shared that they are already working on the script. It was later revealed that he was set to direct the standalone film and co-produce it as well. Since then details about the film has been scarce. The only other announcement made was the inclusion of actor Joe Manganiello as the villain Deathstroke.
Early in 2017 however, Affleck announced that he would no longer direct the movie nor be part of the writing team so he could concentrate on acting for the project. He remains as co-producer while director Matt Reeves took over the directorial chair.
When asked for details about the plot, Reeves revealed that the project will not be based on the story Affleck worked on earlier, together with writers Chris Terrio and Geoff Johns. He neither confirms nor denies the participation of Manganiello in the new story concept they are working on.
As one of the most popular DC comic characters, we’ve already seen a good number of Batman adaptations over the years, from television to movies to video games. Some of the actors who have played the titular role are Adam West, Michael Keaton, Val Kilmer, George Clooney, Kevin Conroy, and Christian Bale.
While no definite details about The Batman plot is known yet, it is widely speculated that filming will begin before the year ends and that it is scheduled for release in 2018. Meanwhile, fans of DCEU’s billionaire masked crusader will see him in action when Justice League debuts November 16, 2017 on the big screen.