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"What if I don't want my story told?" ―Clark Kent, Man of Steel
"What if I don't want my story told?" ―Clark Kent, Man of Steel
This article is about a project that has been canceled or has otherwise not been in production for a significant period of time.

The Batman is a cancelled film featuring the DC character of the same name, meant to be a follow up to Zack Snyder's Justice League. It would have been presumably the seventh installment of the DC Extended Universe (which was later filled by Shazam!) and featured Ben Affleck (who also would co-write and direct), Jeremy Irons, J.K. Simmons, and Joe Manganiello all reprising their roles. The film was to be directed and written by Affleck, and co-written and co-produced by Geoff Johns. Following the events of Zack Snyder's Justice League, the film would have featured Batman against Deathstroke with Arkham Asylum involved.

Due to various production delays and creative differences, not to mention various personal issues in Affleck's life that affected his ability or desire to work on the project, eventually he stepped down from the project entirely and was replaced as screenwriter and director by Matt Reeves, of Cloverfield and Let Me In fame. While production of the film resumed, various decisions were made to divorce the film from the DCEU to start fresh with a new continuity. Affleck's, Irons', and Simmons' roles as Batman, Alfred Pennyworth, and Commissioner Jim Gordon were recast to Robert Pattinson, Andy Serkis, and Jeffery Wright respectively.

Cast

Production

In April 2016 at Cinemacon, Warner Bros. confirmed that Ben Affleck would write and direct a solo Batman film. In January 2017, Variety reports that Affleck will step down as director but will stay on as producer of the film. By November of 2017, Affleck indicated that he still had not committed to the project fully, was looking for a "graceful and cool way to segue out of it.

Trivia

  • Ben Affleck, who initially was attached as director, stated that he stepped down from the job so he could focus more on writing, producing and starring.
  • Ben Affleck confirmed on August 30th that Deathstroke was a main villain in his script. Joe Manganiello was signed to play Deathstoke at one point.
  • Ben Affleck said that this movie will have an original story; however, it was announced that parts of the movie will take place in Arkham Asylum, meaning the movie might take inspiration from the Rocksteady video game series.
  • On Monday, August 29th, there was supposed leaked footage of Deathstroke walking towards the camera in a steamy surrounding. It was posted on Ben Affleck's Instagram profile and the DC Extended Universe's official Instagram profile.
  • Ryan Potter made a 58 second choreographed fight sequence video of him campaigning for the role of Tim Drake.
  • Following Affleck's voluntary departure from the project due to a divorce and stint of alcholism, Matt Reeves was selected to replace him as co-screenwriter and director.
  • Jared Leto was interested in reprising his role as the Joker, with talks of including in the film, but ultimately fell through.
  • Matt Reeves opted not to use the script Affleck and Johns had been preparing when he was set to direct, preferring to start fresh with his own story.
  • In 2019, the film was officially announced to be a separate project from the DC Extended Universe.
  • In March of 2021, Joe Manganiello revealed Batgirl would've debuted in this film.

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