Remember back in 2013 when they cast Ben Affleck as Batman in Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice and we we all like, “That’s stupid”? (Well, not us per se, as in Nerd Bastards as an editorial policy, but some of us personally, and a lot of our readers, thought that.) Who would have guess that the so-called “Bat-fleck” was the part we’d be eager to see more of? We know that Warner Bros. has been eager to get a solo Bat-adventure back to the big screen, and that they were seemingly fast-tracking it among the bevy of other pending DC films, but we would never have guessed that The Batman was coming *this* fast.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Zack Snyder will be filming The Last Photograph, his first non-DC film in a while, after Justice League debuts next fall because Warners has postponed the second part of the two-part film. Instead, The Batman will take its place with a release date of June 14, 2019. The new Batman, which is being written by Affleck and Geoff Johns, directed by Affleck, and will reportedly feature Joe Manganiello as Slade Wilson AKA: Deathstroke, has been proceeding full speed ahead since notices for Dawn of Justice heaped praise on Affleck’s interpretation of the Dark Knight.
All of this is just idle speculation of course. The Batman actually doesn’t have a release date of its own yet, even though Warners seemed to be eyeing a potential one by putting a place holder slot on November 1, 2019. It’s possible that Justice League 2 might now be put there, but it’s also possible that it could be moved to 2020, or that development on the sequel might be paused until the studio sees how well part one performs. Aside from the lukewarm critical reaction to the DC Extended Universe to far, we know that there’s been hiccups behind the scenes with Snyder being questioned as Justice League director after the subpar performance of BvS, and the troubles holding on to someone to make The Flash movie.
Interesting side note: if The Batman is released in June 2019, it will be almost 30 years to the day that Tim Burton’s Batman came out, thus proving the Caped Crusader’s golden touch at the box office for generations to come (with the exception of Batman & Robin).
We’ll have more news on this, and all DC film projects, as they develop.