While there are still a lot of questions surrounding the next standalone Batman film that’s set to be helmed by War For The Planet Of The Apes director Matt Reeves, including who will take over the cowl, Warner Bros. and DC are reportedly eyeing a November start date for filming.
That means there must be some significant movement coming soon, as we still don’t know much at all about the project. Reeves did reveal back in August that The Batman will not be an origin story, but it also won’t be an adaptation of Frank Miller‘s legendary Year One graphic novel.
We also don’t know if Ben Affleck will reprise his role as the caped crusader. Multiple reports throughout 2018 seemed to insist he was out, with the script reportedly calling for a younger Batman, and it seems unlikely he would return, but nothing is official at this point.
Reeves’ script is reportedly all but finished, though he will continue to tweak it slightly throughout the year. Previous reports suggested a summer start for filming, but that is no longer the case.
Following Aquaman‘s box office success, 2019 is shaping up to be a fascinating year for DC. Shazam! and Joker both arrive this year, and each film looks to be a bold, interesting swing from Warner Bros. Then the next year, Wonder Woman 1984 and Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn) arrive, both of which are likely to be box office hits.
So whenever The Batman does finally hit the screen, it could be living in a far different version of the DCEU than we are used to. It seems they’ve eschewed copying the Marvel formula in favour of taking more risks with their projects. We’ll wait and see if that attitude carries over to their most popular hero.