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The Batman May Be Set in the '90s

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The upcoming The Batman movie directed by Matt Reeves may take place in the 1990s. Taking over after Ben Affleck stepped down from helming and writing duties, the the War of the Planet of the Apes filmmaker is finally moving forward with the project with an intended production start date sometime towards the end of the year. This checks out with its target release date of June 25, 2021.

Reeves is reportedly looking to cast someone that is 15-20 years younger than Affleck following the confirmation that the actor is officially out of the role. This would significantly differentiate Reeves' take from Zack Snyder's in the DCEU who was going for a more hardened and older iteration of the Caped Crusader. Rumor has it that the iconic DC hero will be facing a slew of villains, including the Penguin, who will be the primary antagonist. Other than that, plot specifics for The Batman are being kept tightly under wraps, but a new report suggests that it may be set some time in the 1990s.

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Discussing Film is reporting that The Batman will take place in the '90s and will revolve around Batman trying to crack a mystery which brings the hero back to his detective roots. Reeves is currently finishing up the screenplay after doing additional rewrites to include more action to service the story. The report also says that Reeves and DC "will most likely not go for an unknown actor." As with casting a younger Bruce Wayne, they're also looking to cast younger versions of James Gordon and Alfred Pennyworth, who have always been integral to any Batman story.

Armie Hammer Batman

Last month, it was rumored that Armie Hammer was in the final stages of casting negotiations. Considering that he was initially going to play the part in George Miller's scrapped Justice League: Mortal, not to mention that he was a popular pick to replace Affleck back when his exit wasn't even yet confirmed, this excited a lot of fans. However, the actor refuted rumors with no additional word on the matter since. Assuming that The Batman sticks to its current schedule, a casting announcement is expected to arrive soon.

The report is by no means a confirmation that this is going to be the case, so everyone is advised to take it with pinch of salt. But if it does come to fruition, it's curious if The Batman will have any narrative connections to either the established lore with the DCEU or the brand new one they're looking to kick off with Joker. Reeves confirmed back in 2017 that the film will be interconnected with the DCEU, but there were a lot of changes since he's made the comment that it's curious if that still holds up. Meanwhile, last year, a report claimed that the movie's continuity will be based on people's reception of their upcoming slate. Prior to that, a separate intel suggested that the film might be interconnected with the Joaquin Phoenix- starrer.

Looking at it, Warner Bros. can go either way. Linking the film to the DCEU might be trickier considering that Affleck's version was already established - unless this new one is just a younger iteration of him. Meanwhile, connecting The Batman with Joker could work as well, especially if rumors of the arch-nemeses supposedly being half-brothers is confirmed in the Todd Phillips movie. In any case, just like Affleck, everyone is excited to see Reeves' vision for the character.

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Source: Discussing Film

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  • The Batman (2021) release date: Jun 25, 2021
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