Following new that The Batman director Matt Reeves won’t use the script written by Ben Affleck, but instead will start from scratch, comes apparent confirmation that the Warner Bros. film is eyeing a 2019 release date.
Although that would push the film past the 2018 target announced last year by the studio, considering Affleck’s initially uncertainty about his original script and a start date, and a schedule further complicated by his departure as director in late January (there were rumors of a delay even before that). Reeves was unable to begin work immediately on The Batman due to his commitments to Fox’s War for the Planet of the Apes.
The reported shift to 2019 isn’t a significant change on the surface, but it does allow for speculation as to where The Batman will fall within the DC Extended Universe timeline.. A sequel to the Justice League was originally pegged for release in summer 2019, and with other DC films in the pipeline, next week’s Comic-Con International now holds even more potential for big announcements.
Affleck reprises his role as Batman on Nov. 17 in Justice League. He’ll next be seen in The Batman, alongside Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon and, at least last we knew, Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke.
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