The Main Plot of the Solo Batfleck Batflick Has Been Revealed...Unless It Wasn't Author: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
Date: October 31, 2015
According to JOBLO.COM, the next solo Batman film (in which we all know that Ben Affleck will both direct, write, and play Batman) will be kinda-sorta based on the Batman comic book stories "A Death in the Family" and "Under the Hood." In other words, Jason Todd/The Red Hood will be the main villain of Batfleck's solo Batflick...along with The Joker, of course.
Since this rumor dropped yesterday, I did a little digging. BOF was told that currently, there is no script for Ben Affleck's solo Batman film (though I do believe the people behind this project probably have some ideas of what they might like to do). Since there is no "script" per se, well, there's probably no concrete/set-in-stone storyline as of yet. Furthermore, you must remember that Affleck's solo Batfilm is a few years down the line. I know there's been rumors of a 2018 release date, but I've been told that 2019 and 2020 are more likely and realistic. Plus, I'm sure that Affleck has been working on LIVE BY NIGHT -- which he's directing and just started filming by the way -- ever since he finished with BATMAN v SUPERMAN.
Sure, using Jason Todd/The Red Hood as a villain might make for an interesting Batman film since it would be something new and not done in a previous live-action Batman film. But hasn't this already been done before, like twice? Case in point: BATMAN: UNDER THE RED HOOD and the ARKHAM KNIGHT video game. How about something a bit more original?
Of course, having Jared Leto's Joker in the solo Batfleck Batflick has been a given, so any report of saying that is simply stating the obvious.
Been there, done that already?
The bottom line here is that this is pure speculation (Red Hood as the villain) combined with a no-brainer (The Joker). Could it pan out? Sure. But I quite frankly find it very hard to believe that enough people know the details of this this project that they'd be able to leak it to someone. At this stage, I'm sure that only a handful of people -- Affleck, Johns, Terrio, Roven, Snyder -- know what they want to do story-wise with this film and I'm sure none of these folks are leaking info. It's WAY too early in the life of this thing for leaks to happen. Take that for what you will.