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The Batman Filming and Release Dates May Be Pushed Back

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It seems that the various problems that The Batman has had recently may be coming home to roost. As reported by SuperHeroHype, recently hired director Matt Reeves may have a contractual issue preventing him from starting filming on The Batman this year.

Troubles Plaguing The Batman

Ben Affleck as The Batman
Affleck confirms he’s still dedicated to The Batman with Matt Reeves onboard as director.

The Batman has had a number of issues in its pre-production phase. Ben Affleck, who plays the eponymous vigilante, was originally set to direct the film himself. However, he decided that he could not give both the roles of the film’s star and the director the time they deserved, so he decided to give up the latter. This change necessitated the hiring of a new director. At first, it seemed that the replacement director would surely be Matt Reeves, but he suddenly left the talks. However, he rapidly returned and is now the director for the upcoming The Batman. Is this director drama done yet?

It turns out there may be further issues regarding Reeves’ direction. Since he’s contracted to promote his and 20th Century Fox’s upcoming film War for the Planet of the Apes until June, it’s likely that he won’t be able to get around to filming The Batman until next year. This, in turn, will push back the release of the film until some unspecified date. This speculation should be taken with a grain of salt, since The Batman may be seen as a project with such a priority status that filming is pushed through earlier than this timeline would suggest. 

In related news, Ben Affleck recently completed treatment for alcohol addiction. Although this seems like it could have affected his involvement. It’s also important to note that The Batman has not been officially green-lighted yet, but it would be strange at this point to not continue with the project.

More about The Batman and the DCEU

Eager to see Ben Affleck’s Batman again before the actual The Batman movie comes to a theater near you? Ben Affleck will next appear as the Dark Knight in the upcoming film Justice League, set to hit theaters on 17 November 2017. The next DCEU film is Wonder Woman, which is set to come to a theater near you on 2 June 2017.

Concerned about this possible delay for The Batman? Do you have opinions on Affleck’s performance as Gotham’s hometown hero so far? Tell us in the comments!

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Siobhan is a 23 year old grad school applicant who aspires to be a human encyclopedia. She reads a sizeable amount of fiction, especially genre fiction. She also watches "too much" televison.

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