The Batman release date and filming likely pushed back
It looks like another setback for the DC Extended Universe, as Warner Bros.’ upcoming solo movie The Batman is likely to be delayed. According to Variety’s Justin Kroll, recently-hired director Matt Reeves is contracted by 20th Century Fox through June to complete work and promotion on this summer’s War for the Planet of the Apes, which will push the Batman release date (originally earmarked for 2018) and filming schedule back a ways. While word was shooting would begin later this year, it now looks like cameras won’t roll until 2018.
This follows news posted by the film’s star/co-writer Ben Affleck on his Facebook page that he has just completed a stint in rehab for alcohol addiction:
In The Batman, Ben Affleck will face off as the title hero against Joe Manganiello, who will play Slade Wilson, aka Deathstroke, in the film. Additional appearances by Jeremy Irons as Alfred and J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon are expected to happen as well.
Matt Reeves (Cloverfield, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) will direct the film. An official release date for The Batman, written by Affleck and Geoff Johns, hasn’t been set. Affleck will next appear as Batman in Justice League, opening in theaters on November 17. You can view photos from that film in the gallery below.