/shazam-wonder-woman-and-a-flash-green-lantern-team-up-movie-coming-soon/Last Week, Nikki Finke dropped a bombshell, announcing DC and Warner Bros. planned slate from 2016 through 2018. Director Kevin Smith later confirmed that this was an accurate portrait of what the studio has in store, with Shazam! and Sandman arriving shortly after Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in 2016, followed by Justice League, Wonder Woman and a The Flash and Green Lantern team-up in 2017, and the true Superman sequel Man of Steel 2 in 2018. One character suspiciously absent from the list was Batman. Will he be getting his own solo series? Well, according to Latino Review, we'll see Ben Affleck suiting up as the Dark Knight for a stand-alone movie in 2019.

Last August, Warner Bros. and DC confirmed that Ben Affleck was signed for multiple movies as Bruce Wayne, the first two being Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice quickly followed by Justice League. The Batman character is one of DC and Warner's most lucrative properties, so you can't expect him to sit on the sidelines for too long, and he will return in 2019 if sources are correct.

Latino Review goes onto claim that the working title for this next installment of the Dark Knight saga is The Batman.

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The site goes onto give a production timeline, claiming that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be finished shooting in December under the direction of Zack Snyder. The crew will go on break for the holidays, and then reconvene for Justice League in winter 2015. After which, Ben Affleck will take a break from the cape and cowl to direct his own movie, a period gangster film titled Live by Night. That movie is hitting screens in 2016. The stand-alone Batman film will be in pre-production during this time, and then it will be ready to shoot in late 2017 or early 2018. Its speculated that the screenplay will go into development as soon as Justice League is finished.

Latino Review goes onto speculate that Ben Affleck may actually direct The Batman himself, which is a strong possibility given his relationship and track record as a director for Warner Bros. on movies like Argo and The Town.

While 2019 is the current studio plan at Warner Bros. and DC Comics, that schedule is subject to change. Also, don't expect this news to be confirmed at Comic-Con 2014, as the previous DC Comics slate is Warner's primary concern at this time.

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