Years ago, there was a tiny comic book called Detective Comics. In issue #27 of the series, readers were introduced to a character that, at the time, was called Bat-Man. Over the next 75 years, the character would be portrayed on both the small and big screens, beginning with Lewis Wilson back in 1943, and most recently portrayed by Christian Bale. It’s been about three years since Bale’s last outing as the Caped Crusader in The Dark Knight Rises but, as the entire planet knows, it won’t be too much longer before we see another actor, Ben Affleck, don the iconic cowl in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. But what of another solo outing? If the rumor of the day is correct, it appears that Affleck may get his stand alone shot in November of 2018.
The rumor comes from Latino-Review, who have been scooping the hell out of the future of DC’s cinematic universe ever since BvS was announced. According to the site, it appears that BvS scribe Chris Terrio will be tasked with creating a Batman flick that can stand up to previous iterations presented by directors Tim Burton (Batman, Batman Returns) and Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy). Luckily, the Terrio script will be directed by none other than the award winning, cowl wearing Ben Affleck, who will also star. The title of the movie, appropriately, is reported to be The Batman, which jives with information presented by Warner Brothers months ago.
Since that elephant in the room is a big bastard, let’s go ahead and address it before getting too much further. No one has seen Affleck’s take on The Bat yet and there were many who were absolutely in a tizzy when they heard that the man who starred in such greats as Daredevil, Gigli, Reindeer Games, and Phantoms would be starring as the fan favorite character. There is no doubt that Affleck heard those cries, as evidenced by his appearance at last year’s San Diego Comic-Con, in which the look on his face suggested he was waiting to be pelted by rotten tomatoes or hand grenades at any moment. In fairness, no one would have been surprised had the tomatoes flown. Within weeks, however, a fan made trailer for the upcoming superhero throwdown surfaced that was so well made that it actually had fans of Batman excited to see what was in store. In case you missed it, here is that fan made trailer which, in every respect, is better than the official trailer presented to fans. Beeteedubs, keep in mind that this was made prior to the casting of Lex Luthor, when many were petitioning for Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston to step into the role previously held by Gene Hackman and Kevin Spacey. Enjoy!
Pretty f’n awesome, amirite?
This small, fan made offering was enough for many Batman fans to doubt their initial reaction and give Ben a chance to wear the suit before burning him in it. After all, when it comes down to it, Batman isn’t a difficult role to play – it’s a guy in a costume who speaks and yells in whispers while beating the bejebus out of some bad guys. Affleck could easily have a stunt man perform each and every Batman scene in his place and the audience would never know. Bruce Wayne, on the other hand, is a bit different. Bruce Wayne is the mask that Batman wears and in order to deceive the public, Bruce must wear that mask well. In other words, the role that Affleck truly has to pull off is that of a billionaire playboy that has a secret. Not too much of a stretch for Affleck, so fans that are worried about his portrayal may be worried about the wrong thing when it comes to BvS or any future Batman movies.
As for directing The Batman, well, if you are someone who completely ignores very well made films, it is possible that you may have missed Affleck’s award winning turns as a director with Argo, The Town, and Gone Baby Gone, all of which were the type of films that were just as entertaining as they were good. Argo, especially, is one that can be watched over and over and still be just as appreciated as it was during the first viewing. So, if you’re worried about Affleck stepping into the director’s chair, well, let’s just say that you should be much more worried about the fact that Zack Snyder is the director in control of the DCCU.
While the excitement for BvS was almost palpable when first announced, that furor has died down a bit as the movie’s release date gets closer and more footage is shown. Or, more accurately, as Warner Brothers continues to keep the footage under wraps. At this point, all fans have seen is a less than spectacular trailer and a quick teaser, and while Batman and Superman are each briefly shown in each, the main attraction for many is the big screen appearance of Wonder Woman, who is completely absent from the footage. This may indicate that the one character that many are excited to see may simply play a bit part in the movie, which won’t do much for WB when it comes to fan loyalty. Not to mention, DC’s entire cinematic future is relying on the success of BvS, which may bring in more on the entire gimmick factor rather than the material itself, and this could kill the potential for future DC films, including a new stand-alone Batman movie. Here’s the official trailer, for your convenience:
San Diego Comic-Con is only two weeks away and WB is expected to release their slate of SDCC offerings any day now. If they seize this opportunity, WB/DC could easily walk away from the convention with hundreds of thousands of potential moviegoers completely excited for all of the DCCU movies that they can throw at them. As it stands, it is rumored that WB/DC will be bringing out the entire Justice League for their first outing, and new footage from both Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad is expected to screen. Let’s hope that this is the case and, more so, that the footage is worth the wait.
Are you ready to see Affleck in the cowl? Will you be at SDCC for the WB/DC panel?
Source: Latino Review