Since the dawn of its existence, the DCEU has been facing some extremely hard-knocks. From bad film reviews to production issues, the DCEU has already seen it all. The latest DCEU film to seemingly fall into the negative trend is Ben Affleck's upcoming solo film titled The Batman (as of now). The film has already been under fire ever since Affleck came out and stated that he wasn't going to continue with the film if the script wasn't perfect. That said, a recent buzz has risen claiming that #TheBatman's production start time has been pushed back a couple of months. The source (Batman On Film) claims that the reason being is that #JusticeLeague is rumored to be "a mess"! So what exactly is going on here? Let's take a look at what we know:
The Pushed Back Production Rumor
Although rumors could be nightmare for #DC fans, it's worth noting that the site (while claiming to have received the information from a long-time source) has reportedly been wrong on many occasions regarding film rumors. Although, this rumor is still likely to make many fans a little uneasy, especially when you take into consideration Affleck's mentioning to Entertainment Weekly of wanting out if the script doesn't come together:
"I'm still working on the script. I'm not going to write and direct anything that I don't think is good enough to be made. I'm definitely going to make sure I have something that is special—there's not enough money in the world to make a mediocre version of Batman worth it."
While all of this information might be what we already have heard before, some new information from Affleck himself counters any rumors of a potential cancellation.
Affleck Feeling Good About 'The Batman'
Affleck recently sat down at a press junket with Fox 5 of Philadelphia's Kevin McCarthy to talk about his film Live By Night. McCarthy decided to use this as an opportunity to speak for the fans and plead with Affleck to direct The Batman. Affleck's response we short and sweet (Batman material can be found at the 3:42 mark) :
Sounds pretty optimistic to me. Which brings me to believe that The Batman production may in fact be getting pushed back so that Affleck has the appropriate amount of time to come up with a solid script. Not to mention, he and the other filmmakers will have to come up with a solid cast to match. Lastly, it might just be due to the fact that he will have his hands tied up in something else. Some other #DCEU film perhaps?
'Gotham City Sirens'
The DCEU film I had in mind was #GothamCitySirens, which is also scheduled for a 2018 release date. Not to mention, that it has been rumored to be "on the fast track" as far as its creation goes. That said, Harley Quinn actress Margot Robbie was recently spotted reading Harley Quinn Vol 3. Kiss Kiss Bang Stab. It's important to know that in this annual, Batman has quite a few appearances (including some romantic moments). Robbie being spotted reading this annual only adding to the rumors that Affleck's Batman may be making an appearance in the film.
So, possibly the push back is due to Affleck having a rather large role in Gotham City Sirens. It's plausible, right? The only real problem is that not much has really been shared on the true start date of production of Gotham City Sirens so it's hard-telling if the two productions are interfering with each other.
Personally, I think that The Batman will turn out great once all is said and done. As a fan, I find comforting to know that Affleck is really making sure that he gives us the best Batman film that he possibly can. The DCEU may be shaky up to this point but I think there is some light up ahead. I believe #WonderWoman will get the ball rolling and from there on out fans can surely be excited!
What do you think? Is The Batman doomed? Let me know in the comments down below!