Taking on Bruce Wayne by day and Batman by night, the intention from DC and Ben Affleck was always to create something unique. While also fitting into the current framework of the extended universe. Debuting in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to making a short cameo in Suicide Squad by arresting Deadshot. The idea was to bring a solo flick to the party via The Batman.
The critical reception was fierce and unforgiving to the Academy Award winner and filmmaker, even before he ever fitted the suit when casting was underway! His performance first out was considered one of the only redeemable features of a movie that failed to deliver a coherent plot. And, with plans underway to follow on from the ensemble of Justice League in 2017, Affleck's installment shouldn't be waiting much longer.
The Flash Too Quick For Affleck As Speedster Comes First
DC are juggling some pieces right now, seeing Aquaman pushed back to October 5, 2018. Only to make room for an "untitled" installment filling it's previous spot on July 27, 2018. Speculation has been swirling around as to what it could be, yet the talk from one insider suggests that this spot will indeed be the making of Affleck's character in full development away from the crowd.
Wonder Woman comes out on June 2, 2017 with Justice League appearing November 16, 2017. This is supposed to lay the ground work for The Flash to feature on March 16, 2018. And, with The Batman expected approximately "a year and a half out" by Warner Bros. CEO Jeff Bewkes, this should have it falling on that "untitled" schedule i.e. July 27, 2018.
Deathstroke Suggests Flick Is About To Start In Earnest
Appearing on The Rich Eisen Show, actor Joe Manganiello dropped a hint as to the plans for DC while he gets ready to take on the villain role of Slade Wilson/Deathstroke. Played by New Zealander Manu Bennett on CW's Arrow series, the 39-year old explained that The Batman will focus on his surroundings and how it shaped the character.
“It’s about Gotham, and this guy dresses up like a bat,” starts Manganiello, before giving an insight into the plans for production. "We will start at some point this year, it looks like."
With only weeks left of 2016, the likelihood is that he meant within the next 12 months. Then again, they could be moving real quick if he meant that literally.