Source: THE BATMAN Has Been Pushed Back Posted by: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
Date: January 9, 2017
For the last several months, we all thought that Ben Afleck’s solo Batman film – THE BATMAN – was set to start filming this spring. Both Jeremy Irons – who will play Alfred Pennyworth – and Joe Manganiello – who will play the villain Deathstroke – have said so. Even Ben Affleck himself said last month that it was “the plan” to go in front of the camera early in 2017.
Apparently, the brakes on the Batmobile have been tapped.
According to a longtime BOF source, THE BATMAN has been “pushed back.” How long? “A couple of months” I was told. If this is indeed the case, it means that THE BATMAN won’t start filming until mid-Summer at the earlier. Thus, a July 2018 release now will be in question as will a release in 2018 period.
So, why the delay? I really don’t know, but I’ll speculate…
Perhaps the script really isn’t ready as Ben Affleck has been saying and the studio is giving director/screenwriter Affleck the proper amount of time to get it right.
Maybe Ben doesn’t want to direct it, but will still write, produce and star in it. As a result, they need time to hire a new director.
Or – and this would be the worst case scenario – perhaps Affleck knows that JUSTICE LEAGUE is going to suck (I'm hearing it's a mess -- I hope it's not!) and is ready to bail on the DCEU before he gets GIGLY’ed (again) by it.