Warner Bros. Sets Release Date For ‘THE BATMAN’
Warner Bros. Pictures might be gearing to expand their DC Extended Universe, but their upcoming solo movie THE BATMAN is definitely delayed. Matt Reeves is under contract with 20th Century FOX through June to complete work and promotion on this summer’s War for the Planet of the Apes, which means that The Batman release date (originally for 2018) and filming will get pushed back. Originally set to shoot later this year, cameras won’t roll until 2018.
The news comes after leading star and co-writer Ben Affleck posted on his Facebook that he had completed a stint in rehab for alcohol addiction.
It’s not surprising that a director has to prep for another project in between of finishing another on. J.J Abrams did the same between Star Trek Into Darkness and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, but DC Films have always had conflicts in the push with rushing films when they’re in the script phase. Both, the studio and fan community want that the film is right so that it can be something refreshing after the not-so-great Batman v Superman with Zack Snyder. One thing for sure is that while rumors might be that Affleck going to rehab has been the key to pushing back the forward, it is not.
In The Batman, Affleck will go up against Joe Manganiello, who will play Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke. Jeremy Irons and J.K Simmons are expected to return to reprise their roles as Alfred and Commissioner Gordon.
Reeves will direct from a script by Affleck and Geoff Johns. Affleck will be seen next in Justice League in theaters on November 17.