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Out of all the DC movies slated to hit theaters over the course of the next few years, the one that seems to have the most people excited is Ben Affleck's solo Batman movie. It's not hard to understand why, since Affleck completely stole the show with his appearances in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice as well as Suicide Squad, so it only makes sense to give audiences more of the fan favorite character.
That being said, concrete details about the upcoming Batman solo film have been incredibly difficult to come by. We've gone through all of the released news and rumors about the upcoming project to bring you everything we know so far about the latest chapter in the long cinematic history of The Dark Knight. Now let's get the ball rolling with the question that's at the forefront of everyone's minds...
What Is The Batman Movie Release Date?
At this point no official release date for the currently untitled Batman solo film has been release by Warner Bros, but we have some evidence that seems to indicate where it could potentially fall on the upcoming DC slate. WB recently announced two undisclosed DC films positioned for October 5, 2018, and November 1, 2019 -- roughly in the middle of the current slate. Based upon what we already know about the coming DC films, it seems incredibly likely that one of these two untitled movies could turn out to be the Batman solo film. However, with the myriad shakeups and changes that have gone on behind the scenes at Warner Bros. throughout the course of 2016, we wouldn't even find ourselves remotely surprised to see yet another shuffling of the slate at some point in the near future to either delay or move up the potential release of the Batman solo movie.
What Is The Batman Movie Rating?
Despite the fact that many people have often clamored for an R-rated Batman movie over the years, it doesn't look like Warner Bros. or DC have any intention of bringing us one anytime soon. For the foreseeable future they intend on keeping their films squarely in the PG-13 realm -- although that's an admittedly flexible realm. In response to a recent fan petition to make Suicide Squad an R-rated adventure, it was revealed that there are no plans to release any R-rated DC movies in theaters. The primary impetus for this creative decision seems to be a desire for tonal consistency, so that each and every entry in the proper DCEU canon feels like it belongs. In this regard WB seems to be veering more towards Marvel territory than FOX, as the latter of those two has shown a bit more willingness to present more violent and vulgar superhero material to the MPAA.
That being said, we could still potentially see an R-rated Batman movie in some form or another. The Ultimate Edition Blu-Ray release of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice featured an R-rating, so there's clearly precedent for the studio to eventually release a Batman adventure featuring more adult-oriented content at some point.
Who Is Working On The Batman Movie?
Shortly after most people came to the collective realization that Ben Affleck's Batman represented one of the best aspects of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, Warner Bros. set about getting him much more involved creatively in the greater DCEU. Recently the studio revealed that Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns have been collaborating on a script for the upcoming Batman solo movie. The announcement that he would pen the film's script was subsequently followed by the announcement that he would take the reins as director as well. Considering his work on movies like Argo and The Town, we're completely fine with that.
However, this major shakeup behind the scenes at Warner Bros. also effectively means that certain other individuals will have significantly reduced roles in the upcoming film. As of right now there seems to be no indication that Zack Snyder has any involvement in the Batman solo film, and Batman V Superman producer Charles Roven has also been reassigned to have a much less significant, hands off role with all of DC's solo movies.
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