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 the Ben Affleck-fronted 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 released by Warner Bros, and we have very little evidence to indicate where it could potentially fall on the upcoming DC slate. With the multiple 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 possible release of the Batman solo movie. All we know for sure about the film's current timeline is the fact that Joe Manganiello recently came out and admitted that everyone involved has decided to take their time; in his words: "the movie will start shooting whenever those pieces are in place."
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 has 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 field. 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 appears 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 clear 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. The studio eventually revealed that Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns had been collaborating on a script for the upcoming Batman solo movie, with Affleck also set to direct. However, that all shifted earlier this year when Affleck officially dropped out as the director of the project to focus on acting in the project and Planet of the Apes' Matt Reeves was subsequently brought onboard.
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. Matt Reeves seems to have major control over the future of the Batman franchise -- which in turn means that he also has plenty of control over the greater DCEU.