It was common knowledge that Ben Affleck was to play Batman in Justice League, a movie which was converted into a single film after initially being a two-parter. After that it was revealed that director Matt Reeves (Planet of the Apes) was going to direct a solo Batman movie, but, it was never confirmed whether Affleck was to be a part of it.
There was a time when the star was not only tasked with playing, but, writing and directing the solo Batman movie, but, now he is probably exiting DCEU. How does it impact the future of Batman films? A new rumor claims that the character might be rebooted, although, it could still remain a part of DCEU if it turns out to be a success.
Mario Francisco Robles is the Editor-in-Chief of Revenge of the Fans, and during a recent El Fanboy Podcast, he shared the rumors he has heard about the situation at Warner Bros./DCEU. “Essentially, they want to develop this Batman movie as if it is a reboot,” Robles said. “But they’re not gonna make any overt statements about it. They’re just gonna make a movie about a younger Batman.” Since there have been a lot of rumors about the fact that the Reeves’ movie will feature a new and younger Batman, this update seems to be in order. However, that’s where things become intriguing. Robles further added. “I believe it takes place in the past, which will create a backdoor for if they ever do want to cross-pollinate him with the other DC characters again.”
We can’t figure out how would a rebooted Batman be able to cross-Pollinate with the other characters from DCEU, since we have already seen them all battle as a team already, but, as of now, the priority seems to be to create a powerful Batman solo movie first. “They’re going to make Batman as his own standalone franchise, they’re gonna basically start him over again to a degree,” Robles said. “But they’re going to leave a back door open so that, depending on how the next few DC movies do, from there, they can decide which continuity he’s a part of and whether or not they’re gonna push forward on the shared concept and do more crossover movies.”
The way things are, apparently nothing has yet been finalized. Everything hinges on the performance of the other upcoming DCEU films and the reactions to the new Batman.
For now, there is no release date listed for the Matt Reeves’ Batman Solo movie or any cast or production start date. It is speculated to release in 2020 or later. The next DCEU movie is Aquaman, scheduled for a December 21 release and it will be followed by Shazam!by David F. Sandberg on April 5, 2019, and the Patty Jenkins helmed Wonder Woman 1984 on November 1, 2019.