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Ben Affleck-Starring ‘Batman’ Solo Film Rumored For 2019

by Edward Davis
June 19, 2014 1:19 PM
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The super heros arms race is on like it’s never been on before. Warner Bros. is trying to use their D.C. Comics properties and catch up with Marvel studios. Hell, every studio is trying to replicate their success with super team-ups of some kind. And hell, it’s working: look at “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” a storyline that teams the classic “X-Men” movie characters with the new rebooted “X-Men: First Class”-era of movie characters. That movie has easily gone on to surpass all the over X-Men movies at the box office by a huge margin ($210 million: ‘Days Of Future Past’ is on track to surpass the $700 million mark globally). So, really, why wouldn’t you try and do the same? Especially if you’re a studio suit watching the bottom line.

WB is trying to catch up badly and while their plan hasn’t been officially confirmed, it appears to be one film every year starting in 2016 and even two major super hero films in 2017 (one of them being “Justice League” another being a stand alone “Wonder Woman” film). It will contribute to a pile-up that is twenty three super hero movies from four major film studios over the next four years. But what about beyond 2018? Well, Marvel already has a rough plan that allegedly takes them up to 2028. But the other studios?

Well, apparently WB/D.C. have one more up their sleeve. While next is “Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice” in summer 2016 and a “Man Of Steel 2has been rumored for summer 2018, what about Bruce Wayne? Well, speaking of… Latino Review is reporting that WB has a solo Batman planned for 2019. The working title? Apparently it’s “The Batman.” Why such a long break? Well, Affleck is finally going to take a super hero break in 2015 to direct his long-gestating drama, “Live By Night(which will open in 2016). No details on what that movie could entail, but LR suggests its possible Affleck could direct it too. We suppose, but that would also be some heavy double-duty detail. More info when it arrives. Keep the Bat-signal up until then.

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  • a | June 25, 2014 5:37 AMReply

    Really hope Live By Night doesn't get held up again.

  • T | June 21, 2014 8:43 PMReply

    Ben Affleck as Batman???? I will not pay a single dime for any movie he is in. That will include myself and 30 members of my family. A drop in the bucket, I know. Just stating the fact that Ben is a poor choice.


  • Mike | June 20, 2014 8:08 PMReply

    Why does Ben Affleck's Batman look so fat???

  • Parker | June 20, 2014 9:24 AMReply

    The 50 year-old Batman...:)

  • Troy | June 19, 2014 5:04 PMReply

    I am so disgusted by the news.

    I try to not to be hyperbolic and be one of those annoying geek who complains about everything. But if you had told me one day that Ben Affleck would be leading the new Batman franchise I would have laughed in your face.


  • Ugh | June 19, 2014 3:26 PMReply

    So if Warner Brothers has it's way say "Goodbye to Ben Affleck the Director". He'll only have time to wear the Batsuit.

  • Rob | June 19, 2014 1:33 PMReply

    I guess age never crossed anyone's mind. How old will Ben be by then? For that matter, does Bruce Wayne ever age? Just let it go, people.

  • Rodd | June 20, 2014 5:29 PM

    Does Tony Stark age? Just let it go...

  • Ed | June 19, 2014 1:40 PM

    I think that's the point. Affleck is supposed to be playing an older Batman in these films. He's supposed to be semi-retired by the time Dawn of Justice begins

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