‘The Batman’ Reportedly Won’t Start Filming Until 2018

Matthew Loffhagen
(Photo: Warner Bros)

Ha ha, Warner Bros.

You tried to rush a Batman movie out the door. You pestered and bugged Ben Affleck until he quit because you were so desperate to have the movie in theaters by 2018.

Now, you have to wait even longer, because the movie can’t even start production until 2018.

At least, that’s the report from Variety’s Justin Knoll. The respected journalist has reported that because of new The Batman director Matt Reeves’ pre-existing commitments to the Planet of the Apes franchise, he won’t be available to actually start on The Batman until next year.

 

 

This, of course, would mean that the movie about Ben Affleck’s Dark Knight, which currently has no set release date, will be slipping back to 2019 at the earliest, but could possibly be delayed until 2020.

That’s got to sting for Warner Bros executives who were hoping for a quick cash cow to pay for their new yachts.

 

 

As Knoll points out, this being the case, any casting rumors that might bounce around in the coming months will be utter garbage, as Reeves is still far too busy working on various other projects to even think about making casting choices for The Batman.

There’s still every chance that DC will try to rush the project, but they’re tipped their hand. When Reeves attempted to walk away from the project during negotiations, Warner Bros appear to cave into all of his demands, so the acclaimed director of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is well aware of the studio’s desperation, and their desire to keep him as director no matter the cost.

Even if the cost involves further delaying The Batman, against their wishes.

Source: Warner Bros

In related but somewhat sadder news, Ben Affleck has opened up about just how hard the past few months have been for him. In addition to seeing his passion project, Live By Night, bashed by critics (and ignored by everyone else); and in addition to being hounded by DC and Batman fans alike over his plans for the movie, Affleck also found himself suffering through a serious bout of alcohol addiction, for which he has now taken action and attended rehab.

In a recent Facebook post, the star laid everything bare:

“I have completed treatment for alcohol addiction; something I’ve dealt with in the past and will continue to confront. I want to live life to the fullest and be the best father I can be. I want my kids to know there is no shame in getting help when you need it, and to be a source of strength for anyone out there who needs help but is afraid to take the first step.”

Wow. We’re really sorry to hear that Ben Affleck has been suffering so much, especially because the unending pressure laid on by fans waiting for The Batman likely made the situation all the worse for Affleck.

It’s good to know, though, that the star of Batman v Superman has sought help, and here’s hoping that he’s able to keep clean now that he’s finished his time in rehab.

If you’re one of the many people who are annoyed at having to wait indefinitely for The Batman, maybe go easy on Ben Affleck. He’s not the villain here, and he really doesn’t need any more criticism over what was arguably the right decision to step away from The Batman and seek medical attention.

Good luck to you, Ben. We’re far happier to wait for The Batman if it means a solid movie, than end up with a typical broken DC film that makes life more difficult for you.

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