A lot of Ben Affleck’s time over the last few years has been focused on Batman and the DC Extended Universe that Warner Bros. has been building, and 2017 will be no different.
During an interview with Variety about his upcoming gangster film Live By Night, Affleck was asked about the solo Batman film that he will star in, write and direct. While there has been a lot of different talk from sources associated with the film and various outlets online about when the film could begin filming, Affleck said he full expects production to begin in spring 2017.
“We’re on the right track with that and everything is coming together,” he said. “We’re still finishing up a script. I’m very excited.”
The timeline makes a lot of sense with Warner Bros. having recently decided to push forward with The Batman instead of going straight into work on Justice League 2, which has been removed from the company’s DCEU schedule for the time being.
Right now there is no release date set for The Batman but there is plenty of room for Warner Bros. to play with. Getting it filmed in 2017 with post-production perhaps extending till early 2018, allows them to possibly have the film ready to slot into space in 2018 or 2019 depending on their needs.
Currently, Aquaman is the only post-Wonder Woman and Justice League (both in 2017) film that seems to have firm traction, with The Flash having director issues and Cyborg and Green Lantern Corps both seemingly still in very early stage with their 2019 and 2020 possible releases still years away.
With the Gotham City Sirens having been announced and currently being fast-tracked, the world of Batman could be part of what Warner Bros. turns their eyes to after the divisive natures and financial issues surrounding Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad.