What? This makes no sense. But it comes directly from the mouth of Ben Affleck. According to the actor/director, Warner Bros. isn't moving forward on The Batman at this time. This, despite confirmations coming in from all across DC Films. Even Affleck seemingly confirmed earlier this week that the official title of his Dark Knight solo movie is The Batman. So what gives?
Well, as it turns out, Ben Affleck wasn't really revealing the title of his Batman movie. And it sounds like it could be called something else entirely by the time it reaches theater screens. Ben Affleck and Anna Kendrick (who does give Squirrel Girl a shoutout) were out promoting their new movie The Accountant, which hits theaters next weekend. And as it turns out, Affleck and his team have said, perhaps, too much about his solo Batman endeavor in previous interviews.
Today, in an interview with E! News, he completely backtracked on everything that has been said about The Batman up until this moment in time. The Batman movie isn't as far along as everyone thinks, and we shouldn't expect a release date anytime soon. He wants the world to know that the movie is still in the very early stages of production. He says this.
"I mentioned the other day... it's been around for a long time, the movie... there is no Batman movie happening yet, we're still trying to figure it out, you know, get the script and budget and all that stuff. And someone said, 'what are you calling it?' and I had said, like, back when we were promoting another movie, I was like 'we don't have a name for it, we're just going with The Batman or Batman movie', and I said that, and everyone was like 'Affleck announces the title of his Batman movie.'"
Apparently, fans have been too eager to jump the gun. But not without good cause. It was officially announced that Deathstroke is the main villain in The Batman, with Joe Manganiello confirmed to play the character. It was Ben Affleck who sent the teaser video announcement out from the set of Justice League. Then a few weeks later he declared that the name of the movie is The Batman. Prior to that happening, Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes stated that the movie was just 18 months away, which would lock it in for a Spring 2018 release date. And it was Warner Bros.' CEO Kevin Tsujihara who announced the movie was happening to begin with, way back at CinemaCon, earlier in the year.
If we're to believe Ben Affleck's new statements, The Batman isn't likely to hit theaters Spring 2018, or in November of that year either, as many have speculated. We've included the interview for you to watch, where he makes these statement about The Batman not happening. The actor confirmed in an earlier interview that he will be heading to Iceland soon to finish the tail-end of production on Justice League.