The list of what we know about Ben Affleck’s Batman movie, which may nor may not be called “The Batman,” is pretty short: Affleck is directing and co-writing the movie, and will reprise is role as Bruce Wayne alongside Jeremy Irons as Alfred, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon and Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke. That’s pretty much it. However, may now know at least one character that isn’t in the film.
Erik Davis of Fandango reports that he was told by Sienna Miller (“G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra,” “The Lost City of Z”) that she wants to play Catwoman in the film. Unfortunately, however, there’s a catch: “She’s not in the script but I wanna write her in!”
The absence of Selina Kyle will undoubtedly disappoint many fans, to say nothing of actress Anne Hathaway, who’s repeatedly expressed a desire to return to her role from “The Dark Knight Rises.” “I’m not sure how it would work, because I think the Chris Nolan chapter of the Batman story has been wrapped up and I’m part of that,” she said in September, “but I love the DC Universe and it would be fun to take a trip back.”
Of course, Miller isn’t the only actor likely to be disappointed, as it seems likely Robin will be frozen out of Affleck’s Batman film too — despite intense lobbying efforts by the likes of Ryan Potter and Anna Kendrick (OK, the latter was probably joking).
Written by Affleck and DC Entertainment CEO Geoff Johns, the Warner Bros. film could go in front of the cameras as early as next spring, according to Manganiello. That would jibe with recent comments by Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes that suggests the movie is targeted for release in 2018. Affleck, however, has remained cagey, insisting that technically there is no Batman film yet. “We’re still trying to figure it out,” he said, “you know, get the script and budget and all that stuff.”
Before then, we can see Affleck, Irons, Simmons and Manganiello in director Zack Snyder’s “Justice League,” which also stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Ezra Miller as The Flash and Ray Fisher as Cyborg. That film arrives in theaters Nov. 17, 2017.
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