BATMAN Standalone Film Starring Ben Affleck and Titled THE BATMAN Rumored for 2019

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We got our first look at Ben Affleck in costume as (sad) Batman in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and we’ll see more of him in Warner Bros.’ planned Justice League film, but what about after that?  WB and DC’s rumored release schedule included an actual Man of Steel sequel in May of 2018, but that’s as late as that slate ran.  Now, a new report has Affleck suiting up as Bats in his own standalone film, titled The Batman, due out in 2019.  We’re currently regarding this as a rumor, but it makes sense for a number of reasons, not the least of which are Affleck’s multi-picture contract, and WB’s necessary plan of attack to stay competitive with Disney/Marvel, who are mapped out until at least 2028.  Hit the jump for more.

Batman-ben-affleckAs Latino Review reports, The Batman will see Affleck don the cape and cowl on his own in 2019, after starring in Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League.  You might think that this is so far into the future that it will be years before we hear confirmation one way or the other, but if Marvel’s precedent is any indication, news on a marquee film a couple of years away is to be expected when studios are planning decades in advance.  But just what will those next few years look like for Affleck and Warner Bros.?

Let’s say the current production of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ends by December of this year, with a holiday break before starting production on the 2017 release, Justice League.  Keep in mind that writer-director-star Affleck has his own non-superheroic career to tend to, such as the gangster picture Live by Night, which is currently slated for an October 17, 2016 release (and was originally delayed to accommodate his current Batman film).  However those three films shake out, The Batman could conceivably start in on production in 2017.

There’s no mention of possible plot in the write-up, but Affleck’s age – 47 when the film opens in 2019, making him the oldest actor to star as the live-action superhero – might play into the storyline in one way or another; perhaps The Dark Knight Returns?

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  • Manuel Orozco

    Before we all get excited let’s see what happens two years from now

    • Sabin

      #Exactly

      • Manuel Orozco

        Actually that’s not what I mean

    • https://twitter.com/adamcrossphoto Adam Cross

      why should we get excited anyway? it’ll be yet another batman movie.. “woohoo” he cries, sarcastically.

      • Manuel Orozco

        I’m saying there’s nothing to be excited about yet

      • https://twitter.com/adamcrossphoto Adam Cross

        and what could they do that would be surprising/exciting? nothing really, they’ll go with predictable stories and villains – it wouldn’t even surprise me if they went ahead with an origin story since this is not Nolan’s universe. I’d rather see Wonder Woman get a movie, heck any other character movie would be great. Batman is a crowd pleaser, a guarantee of box office dollars and nothing more.

      • Manuel Orozco

        We’ll just have to be patient for answers

      • Manuel Orozco

        We’ll just have to be patient for answers

      • the king of comedy

        Even tough Nolan`s Batman movies were great (TDKR not so much), there are many places where they can take the character now and it would feel fresh, the universe they are setting is so different from the universe that Nolan created for his character, there are many villains that haven`t been used that now we can use since we`re no longer in a “realistic world” such as Mr. Freeze, Poison Ivi, Clayface, or even a proper Rhas al Ghul, Bane, Scarface, Ridler and The Joker, even Batman can be more badass, if done properly this movie could be awesome, fresh and exciting, the only thing that worries me is Zack Snyder directing it.

    • Farrell

      Whats to get excited about? We’ve already seen just about every iteration of Batman. The gothic/expressionistic version, the campy version, the serious/realistic version. What else is left? Studios bleed these characters dry until becomes parody. There are so many other interesting heroes. Iron Man proved you dont need a super popular comic hero to be successful as a film.

      • RiddleThemThis

        What about the world’s greatest detective take?

      • dev

        This is what I’ve been waiting to see on the big screen my whole damn life.

      • Whebfoot

        ” Iron Man proved you dont need a super popular comic hero ”

        Nah, just a super popular indie actor who people will continue to watch in films that embody the rule of diminishing returns.

      • the king of comedy

        We need to see a Batman that resembles the character from the comic books, and movie cartoons, we haven`t seen that yet, that`s the only Batman that can exist in a World where he has to fight next to Superman, The Flash and Green Lantern, there are many places where they can take the character that would feel new and exciting.

  • Mike

    Boy, the desperation is getting out of hand. Warner Bros. need to relax before they ruin the franchise that ended on a high note under Nolan’s vision.

    • Guy Smiley

      Had they ended with TDK, I’d agree with you. But TDKR was no “high note,” unless you mean the Nolans and Goyer were high when they wrote that shitty, insulting script.

      • doctor_robot

        jesus christ, it wasn’t that bad.

      • gar216

        It was that bad. If you watch the last two movies back to back, TDKR just looks amateur. The majority of the movie is just unnecessary.

      • Hunter

        Batman is my favorite superhero, but it’s a movie about a guy in a batsuit fighting crime for god sakes. Lighten the hell up. People need to quit complaining and be glad we had the quality of batman films we just got. It could have been much much worst. (Joel)

      • gar216

        No… I’m not going to just shut up and be happy that i got a B- movie. Most of the movie was a fuck you to fans. Nolan made the movie for himself and selfishly ended it so that it couldn’t be a foundation for anything to build on.

      • the king of comedy

        It also could have been much better, it had the potential to be the greatest batman movie yet but it was truly dissapointing, I agree it wasn`t that bad of a movie but compared to The Dark Knight and Batman Begins it was awful.

      • Oliver Queen

        How bout u learn to accept that others might have a different opinion of Rises then u do and that your opinion isn’t the CORRECT one.

      • gar216

        I never said that i was the voice of every one. That said… TDK has a 94 on Rotten Tomatoes and TDKR has an 88. TDK has also grossed right around 90 million more than TDKR. So it isn’t just me….

      • Oliver Queen

        I’m not saying it’s just you but when doctor_robot said it wasn’t that bad, you contradicted his opinion by saying it was which made it sound as if you were saying he was wrong. I don’t mean to sound like a lecturer it’s just that a better response would’ve been “that’s you’re opinion”.LOL, this convo is pointless really, we’re all Batfans here just looking forward to more Batfilms, right?

      • agent777

        Maybe it grossed less because a psychopath shot hella other fans on opening day, you piece the human excrement.

      • gar216

        1. I wasn’t the one pulling any triggers.

        2. Since when does a tragedy in another state stop anyone from going about their day as usual.

        3. Say “shit”, be an adult and say “shit”.

      • Money Makes My Head Spin Round

        STOP EQUATING BOX OFFICE RECEIPTS WITH QUALITY.

        Are your favourite movies Avatar, Gone With The Wind and Star Wars?

        I appreciate you have the opinion that TDK is better than TDKR, but saying “and it made more money” doesn’t make it instantly better.

      • Money Makes My Head Spin Round

        STOP EQUATING BOX OFFICE RECEIPTS WITH QUALITY.

        Are your favourite movies Avatar, Gone With The Wind and Star Wars?

        I appreciate you have the opinion that TDK is better than TDKR, but saying “and it made more money” doesn’t make it instantly better.

      • Grayden

        Wow, such a huge schism between the two scores. Look, TDK made more because it was a better movie, due largely in part to Ledger’s ‘Joker’. That was a once-in-a-generation performance. It heavily influenced how well TDK did at the box office. Your own evidence shows the TDK not to be leaps and bounds “better” that TDKR, only marginally. And from a financial standpoint at that.

      • agent777

        I love forward to seeing your movie.

      • I Love Forward & Back & Forwar

        In fairness you too should make a film, you could call it: “You-Piece: The Human Excrement.”

      • BigJimSlade

        Personally, I would. How could his idea be any worse than some of the crap Nolan keeps pumping out?

        I know Nolan hires a mean cinematographer and he LOVES his explosion countdowns, but from what I can tell, Nolan STILL writes his movies ending-first; “I’ve got this great twist, that’s about it, no idea for any soulful characters or plot, but I’ve got this great twist…”

      • BigJimSlade

        Personally, I would. How could his idea be any worse than some of the crap Nolan keeps pumping out?

        I know Nolan hires a mean cinematographer and he LOVES his explosion countdowns, but from what I can tell, Nolan STILL writes his movies ending-first; “I’ve got this great twist, that’s about it, no idea for any soulful characters or plot, but I’ve got this great twist…”

      • BigJimSlade

        What was good/decent about it?

        Name one scene other than the plane intro with Littlefinger… I’ll be waiting for an answer for a looooong time on that one.

      • BigJimSlade

        What was good/decent about it?

        Name one scene other than the plane intro with Littlefinger… I’ll be waiting for an answer for a looooong time on that one.

      • Mike

        By high note, I meant salvaging from the Schummacher disaster and turning it around and giving us the Batman movie we always wanted to see, no cheese or camp, just straight up serious thrilling vision. Agreed TDKR is the weakest of the 3 but still it was pretty solid and had its moments and I would still rank it better than Avengers or any other superhero crap since, except maybe X2.

      • the king of comedy

        I think the Avengers suprased expectations and it was one of the best times you could possibly have at a movie teather, on the other hand The Dark Knight Rises didn`t live up to expectations and hence was a let down, I agree it wasn`t an awful movie but in comparisson with TDK and BB it was miles appart, I wouln`t rank it above films such as Avengers, Iron Man, The Winter Soldier, X-Men First Class, Days of Future Past, Watchmen, X-2.

    • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

      Marvel has their properties mapped out until 2028 but I woudln’t consider them desperate. Same w Sony & Fox as both are preparing their film universes that far out (well…maybe Sony is desperate as they only have 1 hero to work with). We all knew that at some point Batman was going to get his own standalone film once MOS was announced as a shared universe as he’s WB big seller in the DC universe (Both Burton’s Batman and Nolan’s TDK broke box office records at their respective times).

      • Mike

        True. But c’mon, you can’t seriously think anything good will come out under the direction which the Batman franchise is headed now. At best, I think it will perform on par with the latest Spider Man movies. Burton’s time Batman was fresh and new and something of a starting point for Superhero genre. Nolan brought the character to be in sync with modern times and it worked. What the hell is Snyder or whoever next helms it gonna do to make it fresh or exciting, unless they find a director with similar visions as Burton or Nolan. I think they already made an error with Affleck, just when he’s getting all the goodwill that he’s workedd hard to earn he’s ready to throw it all away again for another Daredevil-like fiasco. I think the recent annoucnement of the justice leageu moveis and crap, it sounds rushed and desperate and the end product will show. I mean just look at that title. dawn of justice?

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        Yea the title sounds like something from their animated department. However, my thoughts is that Affleck will direct it – which gives me hope that it may actually be good. My guess is that WB knows they are late to the game w the shared universe aspect and are trying to change the mold by doing things diferently – a vs. film and team up films in between some of their stand alone projects. It makes sense that they would want to create their presence in the market place of superhero films. It would just be nice to have a happy medium in between Nolan and Burton’s film that match the Animated series that Paul Dini created (a serious tone w fantasy elements).

      • Farrell

        Affleck will not direct it. Batman/Wayne is the lead character. Directing big tentpole action films is hard enough. Carrying the film as an actor too? The stress would break even the strongest person. Too much money on the line. It’s why you never see actors starring and directing huge movies. At most they’d take a small side role like Favreau in Iron Man.

      • Luciano Jose Marin

        Affleck Did pretty well directing and acting in Argo

      • Farrell

        Notice I said “tentpole action film”. Argo was a small, character based thriller. Those films are simpler to direct since there are no major stunts, action, etc and there is not much money at stake. In Batman, Affleck would need to be in costume as Batman for a big chunk of time…every actor who has worn the bat suit has said the suit is heavy, constricting, and it is extremely difficult to see and get your bearings…now try directing a scene like that. The physical restrictions of the suit are too great and there is too much money on the line for a studio to risk it. I guarantee you it will not happen.

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        That could have been Affleck’s way of warming up for a bigger picture. Showing the studio that he can handle acting and directing a film w a medium size budget -and he knocked it out of the park w awards and BO returns.

      • Farrell

        I appreciate your enthusiasm and optimism. But I seriously doubt Warners will do it for the reasons I’ve mentioned. It is simply too difficult to act in the Batman suit and direct at the same time. Being in the suit would also require certain poses and positions that Affleck would not be able to see and modify while he’s wearing the suit. It is easy to direct yourself in simple dialogue scenes wearing normal clothes. But wearing a 50 pound rubber suit with extremely limited vision makes directing yourself almost impossible, as you can barely see, and also you can barely hear anything through the rubber mask (another complaint from those who’ve worn the bat suit). Consider the fact that the studio is spending at least $10,000 per hour on the film, and you can see the potential for alot of wasted money as it would take twice or three times as long for Affleck to direct himself while wearing the suit. Also it takes forever to get the suit on and off, time Affleck would normally be using to see to the needs of the production…more wasted time/money. I just don’t see it happening. Jon Favreau also mentioned that directing Iron Man was too difficult for him to give himself alot of screentime. And that was without a suit.

    • BigJimSlade

      Ended on a high note? I’ll take any reboot at this point…

      I can think of few comic book movies as clunky, unentertaining and plodding as Nolan’s Batman movies. I guess the first one was okay, we wound up walking out in the middle of the second. one The third just seemed like they didn’t really know where to go or what to do.

    • BigJimSlade

      Ended on a high note? I’ll take any reboot at this point…

      I can think of few comic book movies as clunky, unentertaining and plodding as Nolan’s Batman movies. I guess the first one was okay, we wound up walking out in the middle of the second. one The third just seemed like they didn’t really know where to go or what to do.

  • bidi

    this was the only reason i didn’t like the idea of an “older, grizzled” Batman. Affleck’s realistically only got a few movies in him before he’s too old. i suppose you could look at guys like Liam Neeson who are still kicking ass at an advanced age, but that’s because he’s carved out a nice little niche for himself doing that. maybe i’m wrong, but i just don’t see Affleck doing that. which means we’ll need to reboot Batman AGAIN in the next six or so years

    • Guy Smiley

      I’m not going to judge Affleck until I’ve seen him in the role. I think he’s got the right look and demeanor for Bruce Wayne, and being a convincing Bruce Wayne is the key.

      Not that I’m planning to pay to see it… Between Goyer’s insulting comments of late, stuffing all these extra characters into what’s supposed to be a Superman sequel, and the inexplicable casting of Jesse Freakin’ Eisenberg in a role that needed to go Bryan Cranston (who said he’d have done it) or Mark Strong, I’ll wait to see it on TV.

      Anyhow, 47 is “too old”? Someone needs to call Robert Downey, Jr. and tell him to hang up his armor then.

      • bidi

        he is. for that exact reason. i never said i didn’t like Affleck in the role. i actually do. i just don’t want an older Batman so that after a few years down the road we’ll need a new one all over again.

  • The Baffleck

    You know what’s even more exciting about this?

    Given Warner Bros. superior track record when it comes to licensed DC-character video games (especially in the last decade or so) compared to some of the Marvel-licensed games, I hope we can look forward to a ridiculously over-the-top Justice League open-world game (Superman Returns: The Video Game is still a bitter disappointment in the minds of many), which I don’t think would be too much to imagine – the tie-in advertising and potential audience-awareness would surely get those greedy cats at Warner Bros./DC salivating.

    They’re pushing hard with ALL these characters – it seems less of a likelihood and more of an inevitability… As was this announcement for a stand-alone Baffleck movie.

  • scheebles

    So three years after BvS and two years after Justice League… we’ll get a stand-alone Batman movie? Makes sense.

  • Redjester

    As one of the few people who doesn’t dislike the idea of Ben Affleck as Batman, I’m all for this.

    • Oliver Queen

      Actually i think his fanbase is growing since the announcement of his casting. I’ve also been a supporter since day one and am all for it too. Hope haters change their mind once they see BvS.

  • Danny

    He will be too old by then.

    • Tom.

      Tell that to Hugh Jackman.

    • Tom.

      Tell that to Hugh Jackman.

  • jack

    i would love to see afflict direct his own batman movie. if not him i would love to see tim burton come back to the franchise.

    • Dark Knight of Steel

      I also see Affleck as the perfect guy to direct his own Bats film but Burton returning would be interesting. Maybe Affleck/Burton could co-direct.

      • jack

        maybe burton could take over nolans producing work on the movie. it would definitely mean johnny depp playing the riddler which would be awesome IMO

    • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

      Loved ’89 Batman but thought Batman Returns was a let down. The 1st film was a Batman film w Tim Burton’s visuals and it meshed beautifully (The Batwing flight scene is one of my favs). The 2nd film was a full on Tim Burton movie with Batman in it (if that makes any sense). He ruined what could have been an amazing penguin but instead gave us this tragic, bizarre creature that you pittied more than feared at the end. And he barely gave us any Bruce Wayne/Batman time as he focused mostly on the villians.
      I’ll always love Burton for ’89 Batman film that he gave us but I don’t think he’s the same director today as he was then. He’d want too much control over it and would push away the real essence of what Batman is – something Nolan nailed in TDK.

      • jack

        some parts of batman return were genius and some not.overall good movie.they casting was genius to say the least. especially michelle pheiffer as catwoman.i think if burton somehow infused some of nolans grounded style in with his gonzo style into a batman movie today it would be something magical.

      • jack

        some parts of batman return were genius and some not.overall good movie.they casting was genius to say the least. especially michelle pheiffer as catwoman.i think if burton somehow infused some of nolans grounded style in with his gonzo style into a batman movie today it would be something magical.

      • the king of comedy

        I agree Burton is a much different director than he once was, but I disagree about Batman Returns, The penguin from comic books was never a character you feared and if anything the Burton movie enhanced his reputation as one of the greatest batman villains, I guess he was different from the penguin from comic books but it was tragic and it worked within the context of the movie, the same way Nolan changed some characters and those changes worked for his movies..

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        Yea, don’t get me wrong I still greatly enjoyed Batman Returns as it’s still a fun film to watch – Christopher Walken is great as Max Schrek – but compared to ’89 Batman it was a major let down IMO. My issue is that they could have turned the Penguin into something so much more mid way through the film – sort of giving his character an arc – and cleaned him up into something closer resembling the character instead of the goresque creature that we saw (I mean he was running for mayor after all). They could have really shown that he was someone more dangerous I guess is what I am saying – like a real ruthless gangster that he’s portayed in the comics. Actually it would have been a great trick on the audience to have the Penguin shift gears once he runs for mayor showing that he’s this cold, calculating creature hell bent on destroying Gotham for disowning him as a child.
        And Burton did nothing w Batman in the film. There was no character development – nothing. At least in the 1st film he gave him motivation as to why it was personal between him and the Joker. Burton knocked it out of the park w his first film but just couldn’t seem to find a way to expand upon Batman’s story arc other than giving him new villians to stop.

    • the king of comedy

      I`ve lost faith in Burton because of his last movies, he should stay away from franchises from now on, I `m looking forward to Big Eyes tough, taht`s the kind of movies he should be making now.

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  • g

    Sad news. I mean, batman, whatever. I’d much rather see him direct another great film.

  • Hari

    Affleck isn’t tied up all the way through production. It doesn’t matter when Justice League or Batman/Superman finishes production. What matters is when it finishes filming. His commitments are more in the 3-5 month range than 2 or 3 years per film.

  • The Flobbit

    And DC announces more news we don’t give a shit about..

  • http://www.rockydavies.com/ RockyDavies

    I would just love to see a Batman less grounded in reality. I’m not talking Schumacher levels, but more like the video games, with Killer Croc, Clayface, Man-Bat, and those type fantasy villains. That would be awesome in my opinion. You can still be serious but have more supernatural type baddies.

  • Bryan J

    I wonder how this Affleck Batman is going to pan out, especially if Superman/Batman doesn’t perform to expectations.
    I’m the only one in my group who is really interested in super hero flicks and I’m passing on this one because I just can’t sit through a movie with Ben Affleck in it. Most of my buddies have no interest not only because of Affleck but also because it sounds like a bad saturday morning cartoon.
    DAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWN of JUUUUUUUSTICE.
    Most can’t say it without a chuckle.
    PS. Hey, WB signed Ryan Reynolds to multipicture deals too, WB even announced a sequel to the big Green Stinker — then recently stated Ryan Reynolds is done with GL.
    So, let’s not count our Afflecks before they’re hatched, SvB may be a rotten egg.

  • milo

    I’m holding out for the inevitable future reboot The Man of Steel. Along with of course The Wonder Woman and The Aquaman.

    • Roderick

      Coming 2025: “The Superman”

      Edit: starring Logan Lerman. He’ll have his haters…

    • Roderick

      Coming 2025: “The Superman”

      Edit: starring Logan Lerman. He’ll have his haters…

  • LEM

    2019? I would think theaters would be dead by then and I can just watch it on my big screen.

  • LEM

    2019? I would think theaters would be dead by then and I can just watch it on my big screen.

  • Bud

    A. Ben Affleck is a terrible actor. This has been proven again and again. No amount of “wait and see” or ” calm down, he might be great” is going to change anything. The guy is just an awful, wooden actor. He will not be good in this. Because he is a bad actor.

    B. Nolan made two amazing Batman films and one good one. He brought the character into reality, much like the gothic novels, and he had an amazing cast, great villians, amazing cinematography, etc. There really is no reason for more Batman films. But we all know that the character is a cash cow and WB will piss all over the character as they did after Burton left.

    I will not be spending money on this Supes vs Batman nonsense. Simply because casting a terrible actor as Batman is a kick in the face.

    • bidi

      i think after the crazy run that Matthew McConaughey and Channing Tatum have been on, we should give people the benefit of the doubt. they’re doing this for a reason. let’s calm down and wait and see

    • MJ

      Well said!

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  • kemo

    Thank God the Nolan trilogy is out there. There will never be any cinematic Batman to match. Espicially with ben afflick

  • Person

    Whatever they do, if Poison Ivy ends up being a/the villain, they need to cast the actress who plays Alice Morgan in Luther. She was BORN to play Poison Ivy.

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