There are a few uncertainties facing the future of the DC Extended Universe at Warner Bros. One thing we can be certain of though is that Ben Affleck and his take on Bruce Wayne/Batman is here to stay. Now, all eyes are on the next solo Batman movie, which is pretty much riding entirely on the shoulders of Ben Affleck.
When it was initially announced that Ben Affleck would be taking on the role in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice more than three years ago, to say that fans were less than open to the idea would be a dramatic understatement. While the movie wasn't what many fans and critics wanted it to be, it is still the highest grossing movie of Ben Affleck's career according to Box Office Mojo, but more importantly, people loved him as Batman.
Given the positive response to Batfleck, Warner Bros. is doubling down and resting a lot of the fate of the DCEU on his back. His version of the character will next be seen in Zack Snyder's Justice League, but what really has fans excited is the solo Batman movie that Ben Affleck is going to be making at some point in the near future. It has been four years since we last saw a Batman solo adventure in the form of The Dark Knight Rises and there is an eagerness to see what Ben Affleck can do with the character in a movie not being directed by Zack Snyder.
While Warner Bros. has high hopes about Wonder Woman, The Flash and another Man of Steel movie in addition to the very profitable Suicide Squad, there is no doubt that the most bankable hero they have to work with is Batman. To date, movies featuring Batman have brought in $4.59 billion at the box office and the character has had a presence in every single era of comic book movies. At the moment, the definitive take on Batman came in the form of Christopher Nolan's trilogy, which had its crowning moment with The Dark Knight in 2008. With a little help, Ben Affleck is hoping to carve out his own place in the cinematic history of Batman.
Even though the movie was only recently officially announced by Warner Bros., we actually know more than you may think about what Ben Affleck is planning. Can his first solo adventure as The Dark Knight be exactly what the DCEU needs right now? It very well could be. Here is what we know about Ben Affleck's upcoming The Batman.
The Title is The Batman
Sometimes simple is better. Why overcomplicate something if there is no need (like Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice for example) when there is a simple answer or solution. That seems to be what Ben Affleck is thinking as he recently announced that the title for his solo Batman movie will simply be The Batman. While some may think that is lame, it actually makes quite a bit of sense as we often hear criminals, like in Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight trilogy, refer to the character as The Batman. It fits. Ben Affleck had this to say about it in a recent interview with the Associated Press.
"The movie I think is going to be called The Batman. At least that's what we're going with right now. I might change it. That's about all I got right now. We're working on the script, the script is going well, I'm really excited about it. I assure you that when anything develops, you'll hear about it."
We saw an old, seasoned veteran version of Batman in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, so there is no reason to think we won't be seeing the same thing in The Batman. That is why the title makes sense. The idea of what Batman is will have already been formed within the universe. Granted, Ben Affleck did leave some room in there to change it down the line, but for right now, this is the title we should be expecting.