Ben Affleck is happy to admit he’s still hard at work on the script and taking his time. However, things are indeed pushing forward. According to Variety, their talk with the director indicated Batman’s solo may begin filming in Spring 2017. “We’re on the right track with that and everything is coming together,” he said. “We’re still finishing up a script. I’m very excited.” If true, this corroborates recent reports stating Justice League’s sequel may get pushed to make room for Batman’s solo.
During his interview with Variety, Affleck also spoke on the Bat’s cinematic history.
“I respect all of those [Batman] movies, Christopher Nolan did an incredible job, Christian Bale did an incredible job, Tim Burton did an incredible job. At a certain point you have to look forward and try to believe in your own vision for it and not be looking over your shoulder the whole time. I go into that movie with a tremendous amount of respect for the people who came before me.”
He’s touched about his film potentially taking notes from the comics, in the past. While the director/co-writer won’t be adapting a particular storyline, fans should probably expect a few notable homages to familiar milestones in the Dark Knight’s history. Might some of these possible homages include nods to other Batman films?
This news comes after WB announced David Ayer and Margot Robbie are returning for the all-female led Gotham City Sirens. Apparently, the studio is also considering adding a Deadshot spin-off to the growing DCEU. Details concerning both are about as scarce as information on the Batman standalone.
However, at least we know for sure that Deathstroke will give the Bat a formidable foe. The film’s setting, plot, and potential other characters are widely rumored yet entirely unknown. Joe Manganiello has been our key source for teases, as of late. According to him, Affleck’s “refreshing,” yet “familiar,” take on the Caped Crusader will be “gritty and action packed and cerebral.”
As far as anyone knows, our next look at Ben Affleck’s Batman will be in Justice League once it opens on November 17, 2017.
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