The Batman Delayed to March 2022

manigamer

Respect Ma AuthoritA!!!
Global Mod
Jun 28, 2007
50,896
94
54
On earth...Lahore
Matt Reeves’ The Batman Has a Story, But No Script Yet The Batman, the upcoming DC movie from writer/director Matt Reeves, has a story but its script is still in the planning stages. The film is slated to be a solo adventure for Gotham’s Dark Knight and could kick off a new trilogy of films centered on the iconic Caped Crusader, if successful enough at the box office.Reeves, who curried favor in Hollywood with his Planet of the Apes movies, was set as the director of The Batman almost a year ago, in February of 2017. Reeves’ vision for the Batman solo film has been described as a “detective version” of the character, inspired by the thrillers of Alfred Hitchcock. That would make the movie a change of pace from many of the previous live-action iterations of the Batman character, if accurate.Related: What John Hamm Would Look Like as BatmanThis latest update about The Batman’s status comes via Jeff Goldsmith’s podcast, The Q&A With Jeff Goldsmith. In an interview with Goldsmith that was released at the end of December, Reeves described his progress with the film’s script, saying “I am outlining. I have the story worked out, and I am outlining.” In the process of getting a film made, outlining is done before work begins on the script itself, to give the studio an idea of the film’s structure and to give the screenwriter an outline to work from going forward. If Reeves is still at the outlining stage, this means it will be a while before a script is fully finished, a cast is assembled, and production dates are locked down. Those rumors that The Batman‘s production will start in the summer of 2018 are starting to look a bit optimistic.However, although this update is something of a bummer for eager fans that want to see the film, it doesn’t come as too much of a surprise. It was already clear that the movie was in its early days of pre-production, due to the fact that nobody is even sure if Ben Affleck will appear in it. The last anyone heard, Affleck was “contemplating” reprising his role, and Reeves was reportedly eyeing up a potential alternative Batman actor.On top of that, Reeves has just signed a deal with Netflix, giving the streaming service first dibs on films he produces with through his production company. Reeves seems to have multiple irons in the fire, and Affleck will need to make up his mind before production can begin on The Batman. Additionally, Warner Bros hasn’t announced a release date for The Batman yet, so Reeves doesn’t need to rush his filmmaking process. Bat-fans around the globe will just have to wait patiently while this exciting movie inches closer to becoming a reality.Stay tuned to Screen Rant for all the latest updates on The Batman.Source: Jeff Goldsmith [h/t Reddit]
 

manigamer

Respect Ma AuthoritA!!!
Global Mod
Jun 28, 2007
50,896
94
54
On earth...Lahore
[h=1]Avengers’ Sebastian Stan is Down to Play DC’s Riddler[/h]




Sebastian Stan is interested in playing Batman villain The Riddler. Stan has been a part of the MCU since almost the beginning, first appearing as Steve Roger’s friend Bucky Barnes in Captain America: The First Avenger and returning in both Captain America sequels. In fact, he’s been the catalyst for many of Cap’s biggest adventures, especially as the Winter Soldier. Meanwhile, Stan has gotten to play one of the most interesting and complex arcs in Marvel’s movies, which he’s said that he enjoys greatly.
But Stan is interested in DC comics as well. A few actors have appeared in both Marvel and DC movies, and Stan may like to join their ranks. Right now there are a number of roles up for grabs on DC’s side of Hollywood, with Nightwing, hopefully, being cast soon, and Joaquin Phoenix inching closer to playing The Joker. Numerous actors have teased or reached out about playing various DC roles, including possibly Colton Haynes – already a part of DC as Roy Harper on Arrow – as Nightwing, Josh Gad as The Penguin, Lindsay Lohan wanting to be Batgirl, and even Tommy Wiseau challenging Phoenix over The Joker.



During a Q&A session at Wizard World St. Louis, Stan was asked about who he might want to play in a DC movie, and his answer was the iconic Batman villain The Riddler, who he calls his favorite DC character. Explaining further, Stan said: “And honestly, I would not know what to do with the character at all. But it’s such a crazy, crazy character. Maybe I wouldn’t.


Some fans also suggested The Joker, but Stan was less interested in that choice, pointing out how many great actors have already, wonderfully, played that role, including his celebrity doppelganger Mark Hamill, who was brought up several times in the interview. While The Riddler pops up fairly regularly in animation, he’s had very few live-action iterations. Frank Gorshin – and one time John Astin – played the villian on the classic Batman TV series, and Jim Carrey brought his trademark high energy to him in Batman Forever. Cory Michael Smith, on the other hand, has been exploring the character’s history on FOX’s Gotham.
With the Arrowverse, DCEU, and various other stand alone projects – such as Todd Phillips’ origin story for The Joker – continuing to expand and add to their ranks, there are plenty of opportunities for Stan to get to play the clever supervillain. And with Lex Luthor gathering DCEU’s Legion of Doom, there’s certainly an opening on the silver screen-side of DC Comics.


Source: Jade B (via ComicBook)​
 

manigamer

Respect Ma AuthoritA!!!
Global Mod
Jun 28, 2007
50,896
94
54
On earth...Lahore
Rumor: The Batman Production Won’t Start Until 2019



A wild new rumor suggests that The Batman movie won’t go into production until 2019. The upcoming solo DC film was originally being written and directed by Ben Affleck, who would also be reprising his role as Bruce Wayne/Batman in the film from Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice as well as Justice League. But the filmmaker relegated himself to just a starring role in early 2017 after being spread too thin.


Cloverfield and War for the Planet of the Apes filmmaker Matt Reeves later boarded the project as Affleck’s replacement. And after some reports indicated that the film would possibly be standalone, Reeves ended up confirming that The Batman IS set within the DCEU. Moreover, Reeves also said that he tossed out Affleck and Geoff Johns’ Batman treatment and started developing his neo-noir crime story from scratch, which makes sense since the filmmaker has a history of writing his projects in addition to directing. However, that doesn’t mean some of Affleck and Johns’ material won’t make it onto the big screen. As of last summer, Reeves was still re-writing the script with the hopes of starting production by summer 2018, but it appears that the film will miss that target date.


Heroic Hollywood
reports that The Batman won’t start production until 2019 at the earliest, contrary to previous reports that suggested The Batman was going to start filming later this year. If the film does start rolling cameras early next year, it could potentially hit theaters in mid to late 2020. (Warner Bros. has staked out several 2020 dates for DC films.)



While the 2019 production start for The Batman hasn’t been confirmed yet, it does make sense. After all, David F. Sandberg’s Shazam! is currently in production, starring Zachary Levi as Shazam and Asher Angel as Billy Batson, with Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 2 expected to start filming this June, featuring Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Kristen Wiig as Cheetah. Then, reports indicate that Gavin O’Connor’s Suicide Squad 2 and Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley’s Flashpoint will also start filming later this year. So, four live-action DC movies is more than enough for Warner Bros. to handle in one year – but that doesn’t mean they can’t start planning what they want to film next year. The only remaining question is, will Affleck be in the movie?
When Affleck stepped down from writing and directing The Batman, he inadvertently ignited rumors that he wanted to leave the DCEU altogether. But over the past year, several reports have come out that suggesting that very thing, something that the actor later confirmed when he said that he was looking for a way to “segue” out of his Batman role. And now that Reeves wants to potentially pursue his own Batman trilogy, it’s unclear if Affleck will remain in the role going forward, given that it would require him resigning his contract with WB. He only has one movie left on his current contract, and that might be used up by him potentially appearing in Flashpoint as Batman. If Affleck does end up leaving the DCEU, then it appears Jake Gyllenhaal step up as the Caped Crusader in Reeves’ The Batman film.


Source: Heroic Hollywood
 

manigamer

Respect Ma AuthoritA!!!
Global Mod
Jun 28, 2007
50,896
94
54
On earth...Lahore
[h=1]The Batman: Matt Reeves Promises Pre-Production is Going Well[/h]


The Batman director Matt Reeves has offered a brief update on the progress of the movie. The DC Extended Universe introduced its version of the caped crusader in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, where he was played by Ben Affleck. The movie offered an older, more jaded take on the character, who had been operating as Batman for years. While Affleck received mostly positive reviews for his turn, the movie itself received a very mixed reaction.
Affleck returned for Justice League and a cameo in Suicide Squad, and at one stage was set to write and direct The Batman solo movie. Since the actor had worked on various projects back to back he decided to step aside from directing, with Matt Reeves (War For The Planet Of The Apes) being brought on as a replacement. Following the failure of Justice League, it seems the project is currently in limbo. Affleck is said to be eager to move on entirely from the DCEU and his involvement with Reeves’ movie remains a question mark.


While fans are still waiting for word on Affleck’s return or when the movie will start filming, Matt Reeves offered the briefest of updates on The Batman on Twitter. Obviously, this tweet isn’t much to go on, but at the very least it confirms the movie is still an active project and that Reeves is excited by what he’s cooking up.
Really, really well, thanks! I could not be more excited!

— Matt Reeves (@mattreevesLA) April 3, 2018
A lot of rumors and assumptions surround The Batman, with Reeves’ take on the movie said to be a neo-noir mystery. The director also scrapped the version of the script Affleck was working on and is said to favor casting a new actor in the role. Affleck’s unhappiness with how his Batman run has gone so far is something of an open secret, so the studio is likely giving him breathing room before making a decision on his future.
Justice League is now officially the lowest-grossing DCEU movie, and its underperformance has caused the studio to reassess their future slate. Their current focus is said to be on solo movies, including sequels to their biggest hits like Wonder Wonder. Their planned one-off, R-rated Joker movie is also an experiment to see if audiences are interested in some Elseworlds-style adventures, free of the DCEU continuity. With or without Affleck, The Batman is going to happen eventually, because the character is too popular to be left sitting on the shelf for long.
Reeves has shown with his past work he has a knack for strong, character-focused blockbusters, so hopefully whatever he has in store for The Batman is enough to convince Affleck to give the cowl at least one more go before calling it quits.


Source: Matt Reeves
 

XxRebellionxX

Moderator
Moderator
Mar 10, 2010
6,132
0
42
Dublin
^I don't blame Affleck for being upset, considering the potential it had DCEU completely fucked up. IMO, they should have stuck with the dark tone could have been an awesome way to move the DCEU towards a Injustice like story. Still, I have hope they can pull it around if WW was any indication
 

manigamer

Respect Ma AuthoritA!!!
Global Mod
Jun 28, 2007
50,896
94
54
On earth...Lahore
[h=1]Andy Serkis Would 'For Sure' Join Matt Reeves' The Batman[/h]






Andy Serkis is "for sure" interested in joining Matt Reeves' DC movie The Batman. The motion-capture actor behind Gollum in The Lord of the Rings films and Caesar in the Planet of the Apes reboot trilogy is far from a stranger to comic book fare, either. Years before he played the maniacal arms dealer Ulysses Klaue in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Serkis portrayed the booze-loving Captain Haddock in Steven Spielberg's mo-cap The Adventures of Tintin comics adaptation. Serkis may even reprise the role in a few years, should Spielberg's prediction that Tintin 2 will happen by 2021 come to pass.
With Caesar and Klaue now six feet under and Serkis' days playing Supreme Leader Snokein the Star Wars movies (presumably) behind him, the actor could be on the hunt for the next big franchise to hang his hat on. The Batman is one possibility, seeing as Serkis isn't part of the DC film universe just yet and has worked with Reeves on a pair of acclaimed Apessequels already.


Up next for Serkis is Mowgli, a mo-cap adaptation of The Jungle Book that he directed and costars in as Baloo the bear. Warner Bros. debuted the first Mowgli footage back at CinemaCon in April and Serkis has since promised that the Mowgli trailer is right around the corner. JoBlo interviewed him as part of the marketing push for the film and, naturally, the subject of whether Serkis has any interest in re-collaborating with Reeves on The Batmancame up:
"Oh, for sure! I mean, I'd go to the edge of the created universe with Matt [Reeves]. I mean, he's the most brilliant director. I would work with anything with him again, y'know, I mean, I absolutely adore him and we're very good friends, close friends, and I think he's an extraordinary director so for sure."


Reeves responded with similar enthusiasm, back when a Twitter user asked him if there could be a place for Serkis in The Batman. The filmmaker even compared Serkis as Caesar to Bruce Wayne on multiple occasions while he promoted War for the Planet of the Apeslast summer. Of course, Serkis could just as easily play a regular human in Reeves' DC film as he could one of the many fantastical rogues of the Batman universe by way of (what else?) motion-capture performance. He's not locked down to too many developing projects at the moment either, so there shouldn't be any scheduling conflicts that would prevent him from joining The Batman's cast.

As for when The Batman will start filming, well, that's been the big question for awhile. Reeves confirmed a month back that
pre-production on The Batman is coming along nicely, but the film doesn't have a tentative production start date yet. For that matter, it remains unclear ifBen Affleck will be playing Batman in the movie or passing the mantle on to someone else. Nevertheless, Serkis would be a welcome addition to the film, based on the blockbuster magic that he and Reeves have made together in the past.

Source:
JoBlo

--------

he can be a great penguin or mad hatter etc.
 

manigamer

Respect Ma AuthoritA!!!
Global Mod
Jun 28, 2007
50,896
94
54
On earth...Lahore
[h=1]Kevin Conroy Defends Ben Affleck's Batman Casting Again[/h]


Kevin Conroy talks about Ben Affleck's take on Batman - defending the actor's portrayal and even admitting that he thought that the 45-year-old was really good in the role. Most notable for lending his voice to Batman in the acclaimed Batman: The Animated Series which ran from 1992 to 1995, Conroy knows a thing or two about bringing to life one of the most famous pop culture characters. So he's aware of the pressure and scrutiny that live-action actors who portray the part on the big screen are subjected, and perhaps no other actor was as scrutinized as Affleck in the role.
Debuting in 2016's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice as DCEU's version of the Bat of Gotham, Affleck's iteration is an older Bruce Wayne - a different take from other incarnations of the character that mostly feature the hero at the height of his power. He then reprised the role in last year's Justice League. But between the controversies that surrounded both projects and the uncertain longterm slate of the franchise, persistent rumors of Affleck wanting out of the role has been a hot topic among fans.


During a panel at MCM London (via ComicBook), Conroy candidly talked about the current iteration of the famed DC character. First acknowledging people's initial reaction upon finding out about Affleck's casting as Batman, Conroy shared how he thought it was unfair for him to be immediately judged without being given a chance to prove himself.
"Well, the one thing I will say about that, and I'm not going to get into commenting on actor's performances. I don't know if you're aware, you probably are, in the Twitterverse and on the Internet, there was a lot of criticism when he got cast. Saying 'Oh my god! He's going to be terrible!' And I was telling people 'Wait a minute! Give this guy a chance! He's a good actor. Let's see what he does with it, you know?'"


He then continued to point out how Affleck killed it in BvS, to a lot of people's surprise. "He really pulled it off. I thought he was really good. So I'm more in his court than a lot of people are, I guess. I think people gave him a hard time before they even saw what he would do with it. There's a lot of pre-judging," Conroy added. This is not the first time that Conroy praised Affleck as the character, last year, he went on to say that the actor strikes the perfect balance in portraying both Batman and Bruce Wayne.
Unfortunately, while BvS gave Affleck the story that differentiated him from previous incarnations of the character, Justice League left him almost always out of place. Bar a few good scenes here and there in the ensemble project, it felt like the film didn't take advantage of having an older more grizzled Batman partnering up with mostly younger and more powerful heroes - which would've made for an interesting dynamic between the more optimistic bunch compared to a skeptical Bruce Wayne. If anything, his age and lack of meta-human skills were mainly used to evoke laughter from the audience, turning off some fans who felt that the hero was misused in the movie.
Right now, the status of Affleck's Batman is unclear. The latest reports reveal that the actor may want to stick around and continue reprising the character in the foreseeable future. But with no confirmed appearance in any of the upcoming Warner Bros./DC films (even in Matt Reeves' in-development Batman standalone) it's difficult to take it as a definitive indication that fans will see him again suit up as the Caped Crusader.

Source:
MCM Comic Con (via ComicBook)
 

manigamer

Respect Ma AuthoritA!!!
Global Mod
Jun 28, 2007
50,896
94
54
On earth...Lahore

manigamer

Respect Ma AuthoritA!!!
Global Mod
Jun 28, 2007
50,896
94
54
On earth...Lahore
[h=1]The Batman Rumor: Continuity Depends On Upcoming DCEU Reception[/h]

Where Matt Reeves' The Batman film fits in the DCEU reportedly depends on the public's response to upcoming films in the superhero franchise. Ben Affleck was originally attached to star and direct the Batman standalone movie, but after the divisive response to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, things started to get murky for the project. The actor eventually stepped down from helming the flick, and was replaced by Matt Reeves. Despite that, he was still set to star in it. But as months went by, details about the project became bleaker, with several reports suggesting Affleck wants to be out of his superhero role in the DCEU.
At this point, rumors continue to swirl about the real status of Affleck as Batman. Persistent speculation claims that the actor has been actively finding a way to exit the franchise. Between that and the actor's confusing remarks about his commitment to playing the role, fans are understandably concerned, especially since the character is such a pivotal player in Warner Bros' superhero franchise. Now, a brand new report sheds some light on what is really going on with The Batman.



Prior to this newest information, a report stated Reeves' upcoming project will center on a younger version of the character, prompting people to assume that Affleck's Batman era has finally come to end. But as it turns out, this isn't necessarily the case. According to ElFanboy Podcast, Warner Bros. is actually waiting to see how people will react to their upcoming films before ultimately deciding what they want to do with the Batman standalone movie.

"So essentially, they want to develop this Batman movie as if it is a reboot, as if it's all new. But they're not gonna make any overt statements about it, they're just gonna make a movie about a younger Batman, who - I believe it takes place in the past, which will create a backdoor for if they ever do want to cross-pollinate him with the other DC characters again. ... They're going to make Batman as his own standalone franchise, they're gonna basically start him over again to a degree, but they're going to leave a back door open so that, depending on how the next few DC movies do, from there, they can decide which continuity he's a part of and whether or not they're gonna push forward on the shared concept and do more crossover movies."

Based on this new intel, the recent report that The Batman continuity might be
interconnected with Joaquin Phoenix's DCEU-separate The Joker movie is still a possibility. As the rumor suggests, the film can either be a separate Batman film series with no connection to the Justice League whatsoever, or it can later be incorporated in the established canon. As it is, Warner Bros. can also decide to put him under their new label (rumored to be called DC Dark or DC Black), where the Todd Phillips-directed The Joker film will also be, if people dig that more than the already existing continuity.

That said, considering Warner Bros. is still gauging reactions to their forthcoming films like
Aquaman, Shazam!, Wonder Woman 2 and perhaps even the Joker origin flick, chances are that The Batman standalone won't arrive until 2020. Reeves is currently working on the script and has already turned in the first part of it to Warner Bros. That means his story may need to cater to all the narrative possibilities that can pave the way for Warner Bros' ultimate plan for the film.

Source:
ElFanboy Podcast
 

manigamer

Respect Ma AuthoritA!!!
Global Mod
Jun 28, 2007
50,896
94
54
On earth...Lahore
[h=1]Matt Reeves' The Batman Should Introduce the DCEU's Robin[/h]

With Matt Reeves' The Batman movie building up steam, it’s about time Robin was brought back into the DC Extended Universe. The Boy Wonder has been missing in live-action since his last fateful outing with Batman & Robin, and wasn't seen as a viable character for Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight saga.
The DCEU is experiencing a period of flux. With new management coming in, familiar names dropping out and more eclectic projects taking center stage, the franchise may finally be finding its feet after a tough couple of years. The planned Batman solo film, The Batman, to be directed by Matt Reeves of War for the Planet of the Apes, is in pre-production and gossip is swirling about the place it will take in the series.


Very little is known about the film, but it presents immense opportunities for DC, the main one being the chance to bring one of Gotham’s most beloved characters back to the big screen. It’s about time Robin got the movie treatment he deserves.



While it’s debatable as to how much of a loner Bruce actually is in the grand scheme of Batman stories, the common audience consensus is that Batman works alone. This offers striking cinematic storytelling opportunities as well as an undisputed leading man at the front and center, and is the pattern the DC movies have taken for the vast majority of their run. The exception is, of course, Joel Schumacher’s entries into the canon: Batman Forever andBatman and Robin. History has not been kind to this duology, with the latter entry widely considered the original nail in the coffin of the franchise. Since then, Bruce Wayne has flown solo, with mentions of Robin being left as backstory or unproduced future installments, like the reveal of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s character, little more than an Easter egg, in The Dark Knight Rises.
Whether it’s due to the weak performance of Chris O’Donnell in the Schumacher films or the bratty petulance of the character in those stories, Batman on the big-screen has remained Robin-free for over two decades now. The various animated series have included several iterations of the character, but for general audiences who experience Gotham only through the films, it’s clear that a large part of that universe’s mythos has been excluded from the narrative. At best, it’s a missed opportunity, and at worst, it’s unfair to the history of DC Comics.
At its best, the Batman and Robin dynamic is the comic book world’s best father-son story. This is something most of the films have completely shied away from exploring, possibly to keep Batman’s loner status intact. Even the Schumacher films downplayed this element by having a much older actor in the part. Leaving this element of Bruce’s life out of the cinematic canon does a major disservice to the character, as well as starving audiences of one of Gotham’s best heroes.
[h=2]A YOUNGER BATMAN IS THE PERFECT CHANCE TO INTRODUCE ROBIN[/h]


Reports have indicated that Matt Reeves’ solo Batman film, currently titled The Batman, will center on a younger Bruce Wayne. It’s not clear whether this will be a prequel to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice or a completely different narrative outside of the DCEU. With rumors of Ben Affleck’s dissatisfaction with the franchise and his desire to leave the role still swirling around Hollywood, gossip has increased on the possibility of this film being the jumping-off point for Bruce to pass down the mantle to a new Batman. Whatever the case, this would be a perfect opportunity to introduce Robin.


This could be done in several ways but there are two clear routes: have a younger Batman as a DCEU prequel that shows Robin’s origins (and maybe his untimely death if this is in the DCEU); or introduce Robin and have him take up the mantle from a retiring Bruce. Both options would be in line with the vast array of Robin stories featured in the comics, from the
death of Jason Todd to the evolution of Dick Grayson into Nightwing. Bringing Robin into the fold would also open the field for DC and Warner Bros. to introduce the rest of the Bat-clan. A Batgirl movie and Nightwing movie are already in the works, but there’s plenty of room for characters like Batwoman too.


 

manigamer

Respect Ma AuthoritA!!!
Global Mod
Jun 28, 2007
50,896
94
54
On earth...Lahore
[h=1]Batman Movie Casting Rumors Suggest Actor 15-20 Years Younger Than Affleck[/h]


Matt Reeves reportedly wants the star of The Batman to be 15-20 years younger than Ben Affleck. The biggest story for the last year and a half when it comes to the DC movie universe has been the future of Batman and Affleck. He stepped down as writer and director on the solo film last year, but welcomed Reeves onto the project as its new director. However, there's been constant rumors about what The Batman will actually contain and, more importantly, who will star.
Affleck's desire to stay in the role appears to have greatly diminished over time, but that hasn't brought us any closer to an official announcement from Warner Bros. The latest reports said Reeves' script focused on a young Batman, which would make Affleck's involvement not possible. Now, it appears we know just how much younger Reeves' story is taking the character.



Revenge of the Fans reports that Reeves is looking to cast someone who is 15-20 years younger than Ben Affleck to be the star of The Batman. The targeted age is then between 25-30 years old. If true, this takes Jake Gyllenhaal out of the running. RotF also reported that Reeves met with Jack Huston about the role, but he also doesn't fit the new criteria to play Batman. However, he could still appear in the movie, possibly as Harvey Dent - who is also rumored to be part of the film.




This report does line up with the earlier updates on Reeves' The Batman script, which makes it even more credible. The report notes that Reeves' movie will take some cues from Batman: Year One as it tells the earliest adventures of Bruce Wayne fighting crime. Casting someone in their mid to late 20s instantly gives The Batman years of freedom to tell its own stories without worrying about the continuity of the larger universe.
There are no names out there as possible contenders to play a young Batman, but those short lists could come soon. Warner Bros. is building out The Batman's crew to get the pre-production process rolling and a summer 2019 start date could be what the studio is ultimately aiming for. If that's the case, then casting could potentially come by the end of the year. Hopefully WB can come out and confirm some of these details before then so that the back-and-forth rumors can come to an end. As of right now, it looks like Affleck won't be the star of Reeves' movie, and a younger actor will instead wear the cowl in The Batman.

Source:
Revenge of the Fans
 

manigamer

Respect Ma AuthoritA!!!
Global Mod
Jun 28, 2007
50,896
94
54
On earth...Lahore
[h=1]The Batman Script Will Be Done Soon, Not Based on Year One[/h]

Matt Reeves says he's actively working to finish his script for The Batman within the next few weeks. However, contrary to recent rumors surrounding the project, his screenplay is notbased on Frank Miller's famous 1987 comic book story arc about the early days of the Caped Crusader (aka. Batman: Year One).
In the eighteen months since Reeves officially boarded The Batman as its writer/director in February 2017, very little concrete information has actually been confirmed about the movie. It's still not known if Ben Affleck will be reprising his Batman V Superman, Suicide Squad, and Justice League role as Bruce Wayne in the film (or not), much less what the story is or who the main villain will be (though there are rumors aplenty concerning both). That's already beginning to change, now that Reeves is being a bit more open about the project - by revealing which comics it will not be re-imagining, and saying that he plans to start filming his DC movie in 2019.



Speaking at the Television Critics Association panel for the Fox sci-fi/horror TV series The Passage (which he is executive producing), Reeves revealed to the press that he hopes to begin production on The Batman by "the spring or early summer" next year. He further revealed that his current script draft is very close to being completed. Per /Film:
“We are working on getting our draft [in] the next couple weeks. Right now, my head is totally into the script. Right now, I’m going to be leaving here to go back to work on the script.”



Reeves went on to clarify that Year One is "one of the many comic books that I love [but we] are definitely not doing Year One". Rather, he described his vision for The Batman as being a movie that zeroes in on the crime-fighter's skills as a detective, while also fleshing out the noir backdrop of Gotham City in a way that live-action Batman films past have not. As such, his approach to the Bat-verse will differ significantly from those of storytellers likeBatman V Superman helmsman Zack Snyder and Dark Knight film trilogy architect Chris Nolan:
“I’ve talked about making it a very point of view noir-driven definitive Batman story in which he is investigating a particular case and that takes us out into the world of Gotham. I went on a deep dive again revisiting all my favorite comics. Those all inform by osmosis. There’s no continuation of the Nolan films. It’s very much trying to find a way to do this as something that for me is going to be definitively Batman and new and cool.”



It's worth noting that just because The Batman isn't strictly an origin story a la Year One, that doesn't mean it won't explore
the origins of Affleck's Batman in some regard. There are very much ways for Reeves to interweave flashbacks to the character's past, while at the same time telling a compelling story about Affleck's more experienced and competent Caped Crusader in the present, without simply rehashing what directors before him have done. Either way, it's good to get some clarity on what the story will not be, along with the update on the project's current production timeline.


Source:
/Film
 

manigamer

Respect Ma AuthoritA!!!
Global Mod
Jun 28, 2007
50,896
94
54
On earth...Lahore
[h=1]Ben Affleck Still Producing The Batman; Filming Starts Spring 2019[/h]
Ben Affleck is apparently still attached to The Batman as a producer, and the film will begin production at some point next spring. Making his debut as the Caped Crusader in 2016's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Affleck silenced most of the naysayers with a well-received turn as an aging, world-weary Bruce Wayne. However, especially following Justice League's poor performance (critically and commercially), there have been numerous questions about his future in the role. There are conflicting reports covering his willingness to stay onboard.
Making matters slightly more confusing for audiences is the notion of director Matt Reevestargeting an actor 15-20 years Affleck's junior to portray Batman in the film. While this obviously would take Affleck himself out of the running, it wouldn't necessarily mean his version of the character is getting rebooted. There are ways to keep Affleck around and have him play a minimal role to keep continuity within the established DC Extended Universe continuity. It appears as if that's going to be the case.



According to Production Weekly (via Pursue News), Affleck will serve as a producer on The Batman, which is targeting a spring 2019 start. It should be noted that the information is mostly behind a paywall and Screen Rant is unable to double-check the latest updates, but Production Weekly is a reliable source when it comes to this.




The listing did not appear to mention any potential cast members, so it's still unknown if Affleck will act in the movie as well. Regardless, it's an encouraging sign that he remains a producer, as it suggests he's still committed to bringing Batman to life onscreen in some capacity. As many know, his iteration of Bruce Wayne already had two decades of crimefighting experience under his belt by the time audiences met him, meaning there's plenty of material for an entire series of films depicting Batman in his prime. Perhaps Affleck will pass the torch to a younger actor (a more likely option to headline a possible trilogy), producing the movies and making brief cameos to serve as connective tissue. This could free him up to work on other projects he has sights on, such as the McDonald's Monopoly theft film.


Hopefully, this matter gets cleared up in the near future. Reeves indicated recently
his script would be done soon, meaning he must know the direction the story is headed. Most curiously, he hasn't decided on an actor yet, though confirmed Affleck is "involved" with the picture. Today's news lines up with that, and it probably won't be much longer until all the pieces fall into place.


Source: Production Weekly (via
Pursue News)
 

manigamer

Respect Ma AuthoritA!!!
Global Mod
Jun 28, 2007
50,896
94
54
On earth...Lahore
[h=1]The Batman Movie Rumor: Kit Harington Was Eyed For Lead Role[/h]

According to a new rumor, Warner Bros. requested digital mock-ups for The Batman featuring Kit Harington as the caped crusader. Beyond Matt Reeves (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) being set to write and direct, we still know very little about the next solo Batman movie. In fact, we aren't even certain whether or not Ben Affleck will be in it.
Affleck first played Bruce Wayne in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice and returned to the role in last year's Justice League. He was originally going to write and direct The Batmanhimself, but is now only producing (and possibly starring) in the movie. We recently learned that The Batman is set to begin filming in spring 2019, so hopefully it won't be too much longer before we get some concrete casting news.



In the meantime, all we have are rumors - though this latest rumor is pretty interesting. According to Revenge of the Fans, this summer Warner Bros. requested digital mock-ups for The Batman featuring two actors. One of the actors was not revealed, but the other was Kit Harington, who is currently best known for playing Jon Snow in Game of Thrones.




It's important to note that this doesn't mean Harington is, or ever has has been, in formal talks to play a young Bruce Wayne in The Batman. It's not uncommon for concept art and previsualization work to begin before casting, and studios will often request digital mock-ups featuring actors who generally fit the role. Revenge of the Fans' Editor-in-Chief, Mario-Francisco Robles, notes that "there’s no reason to believe this went anywhere. It may have, and it may not have." In fact, he doesn't even think that Harington is the most likely of the two actors whose mock-ups were requested:



What’s interesting about the other actor - the one I’m not comfortable sharing just yet - is that he’s far closer to the Affleck mold than any of these other names I’ve heard. Because of that, I think he may end up being the actual frontrunner - which is why I don’t want to run it until I’m absolutely positive.
We know that Reeves' script for The Batman focuses on a young Bruce Wayne in his early days as a superhero, so Harington would fit the bill - especially since his Game of Thronesfilming commitments are finally over. However, this a highly coveted role and there are a lot of eager young actors with strong jawlines in Hollywood, so Harington has some steep competition. We'll keep you updated on any further casting developments as The Batmancreeps closer to the start of production.


Source:
Revenge of the Fans
 

manigamer

Respect Ma AuthoritA!!!
Global Mod
Jun 28, 2007
50,896
94
54
On earth...Lahore
[h=1]Latest The Batman Update Sees Warner Bros. Eying November Filming Start[/h]

Warner Bros. and DC's highly anticipated standalone The Batman movie is reportedly looking to start filming in November 2019. This contradicts a report from late last year that speculated that The Batman would start filming in summer 2019, but given the erratic nature of the film's development up to this point, it certainly wouldn't be surprising if Warner Bros. pushed the filming start date back again.
Previously expected to be directed and starring Ben Affleck, who played the Caped Crusader in both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, the actor/director eventually stepped down from helming The Batmansolo movie, ultimately replaced by director Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes), who would also rewrite the script. While Reeves was expected to turn in his latest draft for The Batman by the end of last year, there's still no word on who will don the cowl in his film. The continuing rumor is that Reeves wants someone younger for the role, but that's not confirmed.



If the most recent report of The Batman's filming start date is correct, Reeves will likely be looking to fill out his cast sooner rather than later. According to THR's Heat Vision Newsletter, The Batman could start filming as early as November 2019. The same report suggests that Reeves met his script deadline as well, though he will continue to work on it as the filming date approaches. It's important to keep in mind that neither Warner Bros. or Reeves have confirmed this information.





If this turns out to be correct, it might be a bit disappointing for certain fans who were hoping the summer date was more in line with when The Batman would start filming. This could potentially be out of Reeves' hand though, considering the large amount of DCEU films slated to release over the coming months. Especially considering how successful both Wonder Woman and Aquamanhave been and continue to be at the box office, perhaps it's smart for the studio to continue focusing on standalone films of lesser known characters.


Still, considering how much money Nolan's
Dark Knight trilogy earned, with the latter two films both crossing the billion dollar mark at the worldwide box office, it's only a matter of time before Reeves' The Batman sees the light of day. Whether that's with Affleck in the role or someone else entirely remains to be seen, but Reeves has proven himself more than capable of handling big budget films in the past, so Warner Bros. has definitely left the film in capable hands.


Source:
THR


 

manigamer

Respect Ma AuthoritA!!!
Global Mod
Jun 28, 2007
50,896
94
54
On earth...Lahore
[h=1]DC's Batman Movie Is No Longer Being Called 'The Batman'[/h]

The standalone Batman movie project from Warner Bros. and DC is no longer called The Batman as previously believed. Directed and written by Matt Reeves, the film has been in development for quite a while now, with several reported production starts that didn't pan out. Now, it's tipped to begin filming in November, supposedly with a brand new title.
Ben Affleck was originally set to star, direct and write the film, but the actor eventually dropped out of directing and writing, handing those duties off to Reeves. Technically, he's still supposed to portray the iconic DC superhero, but no official update on that has been released for a while, causing fans much concern. Little is known about the plot specifics of the film, making it more difficult to gauge what could go down in the flick. But one recent update claims that the film will have a different name than The Batman.



Daniel RPK on Twitter revealed that Reeves' DC project is no longer calledThe Batman, as evidenced by an image of the film's production sheet that now simply calls it Untitled Batman Project. That means that the movie will have a brand new title in the near future, as it nears the beginning of production. Fans in the comment section don't seem to mind the minor change, with most of them just being excited to know more about the long-gestating flick.


It was less than two years ago that it was confirmed that the film would be called The Batman - a title given by Affleck back when he was still set to direct and write the film. The change in name is the latest modification known to the public with regard to what was originally confirmed for the project before Reeves took over. After Affleck stepped down and handed directing duties to Reeves, he was still attached to reprise the role and produce the film. But over time, his status with the DCEU has been muddled, with conflicting reportsregarding the future of his stint as the iconic superhero. One wonders if the change in the title has anything to do with Reeves supposedly wanting a younger actor to play the titular role, a prospect that suggests Affleck's role could be minimal, if not nonexistent.


So far, standalone films from the DCEU have simply used the names of the heroes as their titles, such as
Wonder Woman and Aquaman. Zack Snyder'sMan of Steel is a slightly different situation as it's about Superman, but the title is still a widely-known nickname for Clark Kent. Perhaps the Reeves film could follow the same suit. This way, it could differentiate itself from past movies centering on Bruce Wayne. However, with Christopher Nolan's classic The Dark Knight already using Batman's most popular alias, Reeves and his team will have to come up with something that is still associated with the character (for branding purposes), but hasn't been used before.


Source:
Daniel RPK


 

manigamer

Respect Ma AuthoritA!!!
Global Mod
Jun 28, 2007
50,896
94
54
On earth...Lahore
[h=1]The Batman Director Confirms Working Title, Predicts 2021 Release Date[/h]

The Batman director Matt Reeves has confirmed the movie’s working title and his prediction for the release date. Following Christian Bale’s run on the acclaimed Dark Knight trilogy, the next actor slipping into the cape and cowl was always going to have big boots to fill. Fans were skeptical when Ben Affleck signed on for Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice,but were eventually won over. This take on Batman was a more grizzled, veteran crime fighter, taking inspiration from Frank Miller’s famous graphic novel The Dark Knight Returns.
Affleck came on to the project following the acclaim he received as star and director on movies like The Town and Argo. However, Batman V Supermanwas greeted with a mixed to negative reception, and while the studio expected the movie to easily bypass a $1 billion worldwide, it fell short of that mark. Affleck returned for a cameo in Suicide Squad and a starring role in Justice League, but following the critical and box office disappointment of the latter, reports spread the star wanted to move on from the DCEU. Affleck was previously attached to write and direct a solo movie dubbed The Batman, but Matt Reeves took over when he stepped down. Now it seems the movie will focus on a younger version of Affleck’s Bruce Wayne, with a new actor appearing in the role.


The solo movie has been known as The Batman pretty much since it was announced, but a recent picture of the film’s production sheet referred to it asUntitled Batman Project. Now in a new interview with THR, director Matt Reeves confirmed the current working title but stressed it could easily change.
Right now it’s called The Batman. What it will be called ultimately, I don’t know.




Reeves also gave his prediction for The Batman’s release date.
We haven't been dated. I wouldn't commit to this, but we're thinking the movie would probably be for 2021, late spring or summer. Warner Bros. has been incredibly supportive and given me a lot of time and shared the same passion that I do for this story.



Reeves’ The Batman has been pitched as much more of a detective story than previous big-screen Batman stories. The character’s detective skills have been utilized in past movies, but they’ve never been the primary focus. The director reiterated in the above interview The Batman will be a noir-inspired take on the character, but that it will be an emotional journey too. There’s still no word on potential villains or who will play Batman, and Ben Affleck’s continued participation in the franchise hasn’t been confirmed either.
A soft reboot of the character is probably for the best, as it recently came to light both Batman and Superman ranked bottom in popularity during test screenings for Justice League. Wonder Woman and Aquaman, on the other hand, scored much higher, and due to the success of the solo Aquamanmovie, DC is now less focused on a shared universe for their characters. The Batman could be the perfect fresh start, with a focus on a younger caped crusader that doesn’t need to tie into any other DC project.


Source:
THR


 

manigamer

Respect Ma AuthoritA!!!
Global Mod
Jun 28, 2007
50,896
94
54
On earth...Lahore
[h=1]The Batman Releasing Summer 2021 With New Actor[/h]

Warner Bros. officially is moving forward with The Batman, which is all but assured to not star Ben Affleck. Ever since the studio started building a shared universe with Man of Steel in 2013, fans have been eager to see a solo movie starring the Dark Knight. Affleck at one point was set to write, star, produce, and direct the film, before turning over the film to Matt Reeves.
For more than a year, Reeves has been working on the script and is finally letting out details about his detective, noir-driven Batman story. With momentum finally behind the project, one looming question has been whether or not Affleck would stay on to play the caped crusader. His commitment to the role has varied depending on the day or month, but now some official word is finally out on the status of the entire movie.



Deadline revealed that WB has given Reeves' The Batman, as it is tentatively titled, a June 25, 2021 release date. The confirmation of the date comes after Reeves teased the likely release window. Their report also confirms what has long been assumed, that Ben Affleck is leaving the role behind for a younger actor to take over. Casting is currently underway to find the new Bruce Wayne.





This announcement is one fans have been waiting a long time to get, as it finally brings some clarity to what is going on with The Batman. There was plenty of excitement around Reeves taking over the project when it was originally announced, but some had started to become restless over the wait. Even though it will still be over two years before The Batman hits theaters, at least there is no longer the uncertainty and a date to look forward to. The last production report noted a November 2019 start for The Batman.


Additionally, the casting of a new Batman will be top priority for WB and Reeves. It is currently believed that the casting of a younger Batman will take the film back to a pre-
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice setting, as Reeves has confirmed before that the movie does exist in the larger DC universe. Connections may be minimal from the start, and fans will undoubtedly be keeping an eye out to see who gets to wear the cowl next. There have been several popular suggestions in the past and even some rumors as for who the studio and Reeves have their eyes on, but nothing too clear has been reported so far. But, now that The Batman's release date is known and the need to cast a younger Batman confirmed, it may not be too long before the list of contenders emerges.


Source:
Deadline


 

manigamer

Respect Ma AuthoritA!!!
Global Mod
Jun 28, 2007
50,896
94
54
On earth...Lahore
[h=1]Ben Affleck 'Excited' For Batman Casting Change & Matt Reeves' Vision[/h]

Ben Affleck expresses his excitement for Matt Reeves'
The Batman, which will star a new actor as Bruce Wayne. Back in 2013, Affleck was cast as the Caped Crusader for Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and many will remember he was a controversial pick for the role at the time. However, Affleck was able to prove the skeptics wrong by delivering a grizzled performance as a world-weary and older Bruce, depicting the character onscreen like never before. Though Batman V Superman received mixed reviews, Affleck was seen by many as a highlight and fans left wanting to see more of him.


Obviously, a lot has changed in the few years since Batman V Supermanpremiered, including Affleck's involvement with the DC Extended Universe. When
Justice League underperformed critically and commercially, it was all but guaranteed audiences had seen the last of Batfleck. By the time DC's failed team-up debuted in theaters, Affleck had already passed writing and directing duties on a solo Batman movie to Reeves and there were countless rumors he was looking to leave the franchise. Now, it's finally been confirmed The Batman will feature a different actor in the role of Bruce, but Affleck remains enthused for what's to come.


Taking to Twitter to share news about The Batman receiving a summer 2021 release date, Affleck stated he was "excited" for the movie and to see what Reeves does with the material. You can check out his post in the space below:


For DC fans, this has to be a bittersweet moment. On one hand, it's nice to have some clarity on The Batman at long last, after months of unverified reports and speculation. Reeves has already proven himself as an exceptional filmmaker on his two acclaimed Planet of the Apes entries, so it should be fascinating to see what he can do with a hard-hitting Batman story that taps into the character's status as the world's greatest detective. At the same time, several viewers were fond of Affleck's interpretation and wished he could have stayed around longer, possibly headlining a memorable standalone film (or more). As thrilling it is to see Reeves take the controls with a younger star, a case can be made Affleck's talents were wasted here and he deserved a better shot.


It'll be hard to not think about what might have been regarding Affleck's tenure as Batman, but hopefully this is the beginning of a fresh start for him. He's already lined up multiple new projects,
headlining Gavin O'Connor's drama Torrance and possibly directing a movie about the McDonald's Monopoly scam. It wasn't that long ago Affleck reinvented his career with movies such as The Town, Argo (which won Best Picture), and Gone Girl. Freed from franchise obligations, Affleck should be able to do as he pleases now, and it'll be exciting to see what he chooses to do in the immediate future.


Source:
Ben Affleck

 
General chit-chat
Help Users
Bugs, Issues, Feature Requests ▶ GO here ◀
    CerebralTiger CerebralTiger: I actually slept instead of watching Netflix Wew lad, sleep is amazing. Highly recommended...