The DC Extended Universe is a tricky and divisive place. While DC fans are thrilled to have their own shared universe and see characters like Margot Robbie's Harley Quinn and Ezra Miller's The Flash on the silver screen, the DCEU as a whole is going through some (understandable) growing pains. But there are moments of brilliance, with perhaps the largest being Ben Affleck's stellar adaptation of Bruce Wayne/Batman. Because Batfleck was such a standout in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, many are excited for the first solo Batman movie of the DCEU, especially since Affleck himself will be directing. And now we know when the Batman movie will begin filming.
Ben Affleck recently spoke to Variety about his upcoming crime movie Live by Night. Eventually, the subject of his Batman movie was brought up, where he revealed that the film will begin filming in the Spring of 2017. This news was accidentally revealed about a month ago by Joe Manganiello, although it hadn't been confirmed by any of the higher ups within the DCEU. Alas, he was right, and we can expect some badass Batman action to occur this coming spring.
The still untitled Batman movie will be the first time that the DCEU focuses entirely on The Dark Knight. While he was surely the more exciting half of Batman v Superman, the film still had to split its time between the two heroes, as well as Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor. And considering how captivating Ben Affleck and Jeremy Irons were as Bruce and Alfred respectively, the solo movie should be a highlight for the DC Extended Universe as a whole.
Ben Affleck's Batman movie will apparently focus heavily on Batman's past, as well as his enemies. Rather than having Batman battle just Joe Manganiellos' Deathstroke, there will be other members from his rogue gallery featured as well. And now that Margot Robbie's Gotham City Sirens is being developed, it wouldn't be surprised if characters like Poison Ivy and Catwoman are introduced for the first time- the same way that The Flash and Batman had cameos in Suicide Squad. Additionally, the film would probably be remiss to exclude Harley Quinn and Deadshot, considering how well received they were in the otherwise divisive Suicide Squad.
Those who can't wait for the solo Batman movie to be released can rest easy, though. Because while the Ben Affleck directed movie is a while away, the Dark Knight will once again grace the silver screen with his appearance in Zack Snyder's Justice League. The film will see Batman and Wonder Woman attempting to assemble a group of superpowered individuals in an attempt to save the world from an extraterrestrial threat. Plus Superman will somehow rise from the dead, although its unclear if he'll still be a good guy after this resurrection.
Justice League will fly into theaters on November 17th, 2017.