Lately, Warner Bros.‘s DC Extended Universe has been plagued with rumors, some true like The Flash losing its director, some not so true like Aquaman losing its director, but today brings a more pleasant rumor for the fledgling interconnected movie universe. After the lukewarm reception for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, there’s a lot of uncertainty for the DCEU’s upcoming properties. Aside from the mostly positive buzz around Suicide Squad and Wonder Woman, the most eagerly anticipated movie may be Ben Affleck‘s solo Batman film. According to today’s rumor, that movie may be taking shape.
A report from Birth.Death.Movies claims that Affleck’s solo Batman movie will be packed with a good chunk of his rogues gallery, stating:
“It’s going to be crammed with Bat villains, which means that just about every major bad guy you’ve ever wanted to see in a movie will be in this movie.”
This philosophy has been problematic before, especially with the 90’s Batman movies, but one thing that DC has over Marvel right now is that they have a whole stable of well-known villains. It’s a smart move to flesh those characters out in a universe where superheroes are already prolific and a part of daily life. This is one area where DC could depart from Marvel in a good way. It seems they’re already aware of this with the imminent Suicide Squad, so this seems like a reasonable approach for them with a Batman flick.
It’s also being speculated that many of these villains may appear in a cameo role as Batman visits Arkham Asylum, which has been the focal point of an extremely successful series of Batman video games. It’s even been suggested that the movie may borrow from Grant Morrison‘s popular 1989 graphic novel Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth.
However they go about it, a Batman film directed by Affleck sounds exciting. His previous movies Gone, Baby, Gone, The Town, and Argo were all pretty great.
Another thing that fans should hope for right now is a proper adaptation of the Riddler. While he tends to be painted as a silly character of very little threat, he should be presented as a twisted genius, whose machinations aren’t fully realized until the end of the film. Before The Dark Knight Rises really took form, there was some hope that Christopher Nolan would introduce a truly mind-blowing Riddler story.
What do you think about this news? Are you excited for a film packed with Batman villains?