Rumor of the Day: A new Batman solo film is already on the way

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Jun 19, 2014, 3:52 PM EDT (Updated)

Do we already know when Ben Affleck will get a chance to step out alone as the Dark Knight?

With Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice on the way in 2016 and a Justice League movie hot on its heels, we were already expecting to see a good bit of Affleck's Caped Crusader in the next several years, but one thing we haven't heard much about is a possible solo adventure for Affleck. In some ways, that makes sense, because Warner Bros. and company are attempting something they've never done before: constructing a big-screen superhero universe of which Affleck is only one piece. This time out, the studio has a whole host of other superheroes to deal with, including many hitting the big screen for the first time, and it's only been two years since the last time Batman got his own movie anyway. 

That doesn't mean this incarnation of Batman won't eventually get a standalone outing, though, and if a new report proves true, it may already be in the works. Latino Review's El Mayimbe has sources claiming that Warner Bros. is hoping for a 2019 release date for an Affleck solo feature with the working title of The Batman

According to the report, it looks like Dawn of Justice will be wrapping up production near the end of this year, and production on Justice League will kick off in early 2015. After that, Affleck's got a gangster film, Live by Night, that he'll be writing, directing and starring in. That flick's supposed to be in theaters by the fall of 2016, and then Affleck will turn back to the cape and cowl as development on The Batman begins, though a script could be in the works well before that. 

It wouldn't be surprising at all to see Warners hit us with Justice League, then spend some time developing solo films for heroes like Wonder Woman while our appetite for more Batman builds, but there's another piece to this puzzle that could make the next Batman solo film even more intriguing: What if Affleck directs it? Latino Review's report speculates that Affleck's Batman deal could easily include a directing clause, and since he's got an Oscar nomination and a Golden Globe win under his belt after making Argo, he's certainly a respected guy in the director's chair whether he's starring in the film or not. 

It could be years before we actually know how true any of this is, so season all of this heavily with salt, but it certainly feels plausible given how ambitious Warner Bros.' superhero plans have gotten lately. In the meantime, sit back and ponder what an Affleck-masterminded Batman movie might look like.

(Via Latino Review)