Production on MAN OF STEEL Follow-Up to Begin February 2014; Ben Affleck Reportedly Signed to Play Batman in Multiple Films

     August 24, 2013

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If all goes according to plan, three of the biggest films in recent memory will be in production at the same time.  Marvel’s superhero team-up sequel The Avengers: Age of Ultron is slated to begin production next March, J.J. Abrams’ highly anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII is set to start filming in “early 2014,” and now word comes that director Zack Snyder’s untitled Man of Steel follow-up will start filming next February.  For those of you just now coming out of a coma, Ben Affleck has been tapped to play Batman opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman in the Warner Bros. film, and the pic appears to be moving full-speed ahead towards its July 17, 2015 release date.

In addition to the filming dates of the Batman vs. Superman film, though, a new report also has confirmation that Affleck has indeed signed on to play Batman in multiple films.  Hit the jump for more, including the specific shooting dates of Batman vs. Superman.

ben-affleck-batman-vs-supermanIn a thoroughly entertaining rundown of the events leading up to Affleck officially signing on to play Batman, the folks over at Heat Vision confirm that Affleck is set to film David Fincher’s Gone Girl from September to February, and then production on Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel is slated to take place from February to August.  That’s one hell of a long shoot, but when you have Superman and Batman in the same movie, audiences expect big, big things.  As a side note, Affleck’s next directorial effort—a prohibition gangster film called Live by Night—will now begin production next fall.  Affleck will juggle preproduction on Live by Night during the filming of Batman vs. Superman so that he can move right into his Argo follow-up once he wraps Snyder’s superhero pic.

Speaking of Batman, when Affleck was first announced as the character, keen fans started to wonder just how many films Affleck had signed on for.  Surely Affleck wasn’t only going to play Batman once, as Warner Bros. likely doesn’t want to begin their Batman search anew so soon.  Sources tell Heat Vision that Affleck “has been signed for multiple movies,” should sequels come to fruition.  That probably involves at least one standalone Batman film and an appearance in Warner Bros.’ long-promised Justice League movie.

Given that Warner Bros. first approached Affleck about directing Justice League and playing Batman last year, one imagines a similar offer is still on the table; it’s entirely possible that we could see Affleck direct Justice League or a standalone Batman movie as part of his deal.  Before angry fans start preparing yet another petition, though, keep in mind that the extent of Affleck’s future in the DC universe depends on the reception of the Batman vs. Superman film.  This project has caught the interest of nearly everyone with access to the internet or a TV, so here’s hoping Snyder and screenwriter David S. Goyer craft a worthwhile endeavor.

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