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The Batman[1] is an upcoming superhero film based on Batman, and the character's evolution before the events of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It will be the tenth installment in the DC Extended Universe and is scheduled for release on June 25, 2021.[3]


Production history

In August 2013, Warner Bros. announced that Ben Affleck signed on to play Batman in multiple movies, which included Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League. In mid-2014 rumors started that a standalone Batman film would be developed with a tentative release date of 2019.[6] Warner Bros. CEO Kevin Tsujihara revealed that many other DC properties were being worked on that weren't part of the official announcements made in August 2014 such as solo films for Batman.[7] Reportedly, Warner Bros. has Ben Affleck lined up to both star and direct a solo Batman movie for release in late 2018 or early 2019.[8] In July 2015, Ben Affleck was reported to direct, write and star in the film, along with Geoff Johns who would also help write the script.[9]

Affleck stated he felt "emboldened" watching Zack Snyder work on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice encouraging him in making a superhero film of his own "I've wondered about directing movies like this before and it was a really valuable learning experience for me to watch Zack do it and see how he did it ... For me, as a director, it's about the material and the characters, so if I found the right material I would definitely throw my hat in the ring to direct something on that scale.".[10]

In April 2016, Kevin Tsujihara confirmed that Ben Affleck will write, direct, and star in the film.[11]

On August 29, 2016, Ben Affleck uploaded a teaser that revealed Deathstroke. Warner Bros later confirmed that the footage was not fake. On September 8th, 2016, Geoff Johns confirmed that Deathstroke will be the villain in the film and that Joe Manganiello will portray him.[12]

In an interview with the associated press, Affleck confirmed that the tentative title of the film would be The Batman. [13]

Joe Manganiello revealed in an interview that filming will begin in Spring 2017.[14] In January 2017, Ben Affleck stepped down as director.[15] On February 23, 2017, it was confirmed that Matt Reeves will direct and produce the film.[1]

In August 2018, Reeves updated that they "are working on getting our draft in the next couple of weeks and things are progressing," with hoping to begin production spring or early summer 2019.[16]

On January 30, 2019, Warner Bros. announced that the film would be released on June 25, 2021.[2]

On May 16, 2019, it was announced that Robert Pattinson and Nicholas Hoult are frontrunners to portray the younger Bruce Wayne/Batman, though nothing is confirmed yet.[17]


Filming was scheduled to begin spring 2019 with Affleck attached as producer for the film.[18] On January 4, 2019, The Hollywood Reporter reported that the studio wants to begin filming in November.[19]




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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Matt Reeves to Direct and Produce “The Batman”" - Business Wire
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Matt Reeves’ ‘The Batman’ Gets June 2021 Release Date" - Variety
  3. 3.0 3.1 "‘The Batman’ To Fly In Summer 2021; Ben Affleck Passes The Torch To Next Generation Of Bruce Wayne" - Deadline Hollywood
  4. "Jeremy Irons Says Batman V Superman Deserved Its Critical Mauling" -
  5. "Ben Affleck Confirms J.K. Simmons For His BATMAN Standalone Film, Talks JUSTICE LEAGUE Tactical Suit" - Comic Book Movie
  6. "HOT RUMOR! What's In Store For Ben Affleck's Batman" - LRM Online
  7. "Batman And Superman Are Getting More Movies Than We Thought" - CINEMABLEND
  10. "'Batman v Superman' yields unlikely female hero" - Yahoo News
  11. "CinemaCon: Warner Bros. Chief Says Ben Affleck's Stand-Alone Batman Movie Is a Go" - The Hollywood Reporter
  12. "Joe Manganiello Will Play Deathstroke in Ben Affleck’s Batman Movie" - The Wall Street Journel
  13. "Ben Affleck Confirms Batman Solo Film is Titled The Batman" - Screenrant
  14. "EXCLUSIVE: Joe Manganiello Doing 'Great' After Health Scare, Prepping for 'Batman' Movie" - Entertainment Tonight
  15. "Ben Affleck Will Not Direct ‘The Batman’ (EXCLUSIVE)" - Variety
  17. "Robert Pattinson to Play ‘The Batman’ for Matt Reeves and Warner Bros. (EXCLUSIVE)" - Variety
  18. 'The Batman' Will Reportedly Start Filming Next Year With Ben Affleck as a Producer (August 9, 2018).

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Films in the DC Extended Universe
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Upcoming films Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn)Wonder Woman 1984The BatmanThe Suicide SquadThe FlashAquaman 2
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    • in your opinion ra's will it bring Jason back to life?
    • I'm not sure that this Batman movie is getting made anymore. That said, if the "Jason dies and comes back" plot gets adapted...