With more than $850 million at the worldwide box office, it's hard to say that Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is a failure. Yes, many thought it would make more money than that, but it's a great start in the true DCEU franchise. A lot of fans think that the biggest problem is Zack Snyder, and they have petitioned to have him removed from the Justice League film. Well, they will at least be happy to know that the solo Batman film won't be in his hands.
It will be in those of Ben Affleck.
According to Heroic Hollywood, it is now rumored that both Affleck and DC Extended Universe COO Geoff Johns are going to have "complete creative control" on the solo Batman film. That would mean any major decisions on the casting, direction, and storyline would go through either one of them before happening on-screen.
Chances are, Zack Snyder won't really have much to do with the movie at all, but it's likely that he'll come on board as a producer of some sort.
If this news ends up being true, it is really not a bad idea on the part of Warner Bros. Affleck has won Academy Awards as a writer (Good Will Hunting) and producer (Argo). He's won a Golden Globe for directing (Argo), and has won numerous awards for his acting.
Warner Bros. isn't stupid and putting him in charge of making his own film is exactly what needed to be done. Having Johns work on it with him means that all the DC aspects of things will be historically accurate.
They have the talent so they're going to use it. There's no sense in having another voice chime in.
The DCEU has a lot of movies on the schedule over the course of the next four years, and many are already in place. It's going to continue past that, but getting a solo Batman movie in place is going to need to take a big step forward since Affleck isn't getting any younger.
2016August 5: Suicide Squad
February 20: The LEGO Batman MovieJune 2: Wonder WomanNovember 17: Justice League, Part 1
2018March 16: The FlashJuly 27: AquamanOctober 5: Untitled DCEU film
April 5: ShazamJune 14: Justice League, Part 2November 1: Untitled DCEU Film
So, that pretty much leaves October of 2018 or November of 2019 for the solo Batman film to be released in theaters. The year 2018 may really be pushing it since the film hasn't even officially entered preproduction yet, but 2019 does seem extremely feasible.
The only problem there is that it would mean Batman getting his own film after both parts of Justice League had already been released and passed.
A solo Batman movie is something truly positive that came out of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, and it's what fans were hoping would happen. The only thing they wanted is for someone other than Zack Snyder to be in charge of it. With Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns getting creative control over it, that will likely appease many and give them renewed hope for the DC Extended Universe and its future.
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