After the commercial success, and critical struggles, of Suicide Squad, DC is hard at work getting ready for the next set of films coming down the pipeline. While Wonder Woman, Justice League, The Flash, and Aquaman all have release dates, we’ve been left to wonder about Ben Affleck’s solo Batman film. However, thanks to a comment from Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes, that may have now changed.
Speaking at the Goldman Sachs Communicopia Conference (via Suicide Squadcast), Bewkes made a comment when referring to the Ben Affleck’s responsibilities on the new Batman film, saying, “I think it’s a year and a half out.”
While it’s possible he could have just misspoken or even meant that the movie would not start filming for another 18 months (as unlikely as that is), it is worth considering that the information is accurate.
Wonder Woman is due out June 2, 2017, with Justice League following later in the year on Nov 17. Thanks to the placeholder dates DC released for all their future films, running up through 2020, we also know The Flash is tentatively set to release March 16, 2018, with Aquaman then releasing July 27, 2018. If Batman is a year and a half out, it is very possible it will be taking The Flash’s March slot, pushing both The Flash and Aquaman back.
We will have to wait for official confirmation to know more, but it is possible we will be seeing the solo Batman film sooner rather than later.
Earlier this month, DC Entertainment President Geoff Johns revealed Deathstroke, played by True Blood’s Joe Manganiello, will be the main villain in the Batman film, which Johns himself is co-writing with Affleck.