In just over six months, Warner Bros. and DC will dive deep into their very own connected universe of superhero films based on the comic book giant’s stable of characters and titles. After Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, we’ll get Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, a two-part Justice League, and many between now and 2020.

For all of the other big-name heroes about to be brought to life on the screen, however, it is truly Batman, played in this latest incarnation by Oscar-winning writer and director Ben Affleck, that will form the center of this rapidly expanding cinematic world. The superhero movie news hounds over at Heroic Hollywood shared a new rumor this morning about how the Caped Crusader will take a bigger, increasingly central role in the action moving forward. It's the latest of many signs that DC is moving their chips to Batman's side of the card table. Take a look at what we know so far:

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More Batman, Less Superman In Dawn Of Justice
According to Heroic Hollywood’s industry sources, Warner Bros. has requested that Dawn of Justice, which is deep into the post-production process, feature more of Affleck’s Batman and less of Henry Cavill’s Superman. For all the concerns fans had when the Argo director and star was cast in the role, he is apparently killing it as the Dark Knight. To the point where the report says he is blowing the Man of Steel "right off the screen."

Thanks in part to Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy, Batman has been, and still is, one of the most popular movie superheroes going, so it makes sense that WB and DC would want to capitalize on that. And though Zack Snyder’s 2013 Man of Steel was a hit, it proved hugely divisive to fans and critics, and it feels like they are having a more difficult time figuring out precisely what they want to do with the character, and how to fit him into that dark, gritty mold they’re going for with their films (while still remaining true to the character). With Batman, on the other hand, it feels like they know exactly what they’re going for and what they want. They also want more of it.

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