Ben Affleck’s brilliant portrayal of the caped crusader landed him his own solo movie in which he will also direct. The untitled Batman solo movie is currently moving along, with a possible release date, plot details and the announcement of perhaps one of its villains.
As told by Digital Spy, Zack Snyder mentioned last April that he had been trying to convince Affleck to direct the Batman solo movie that was later on confirmed by the studio that month. Given the numerous awards Affleck has received over the years for movies like Argo and Good Will Hunting, it makes sense that he will get to direct.
The exact plot details are still under wraps, but there is some speculation that it could be based on either one of the two comic storylines like Death in the Family and Red Hood. Death in the Family is about the death of the second Robin, Jason Todd while Red Hood is about his supposed return as a vigilante called the Red Hood. However, Affleck has stated that he wants this solo movie to be more of an original story while borrowing some elements from the comics.
As for the movie’s antagonist, Affleck tweeted a video back in August showing some test footage of Slade Wilson a.k.a Deathstroke. It was confirmed that Deathstroke is going to be perhaps one of the villains and Magic Mike actor Joe Mangianello is cast for the role, according to Cinema Blend. In the comics, Deathstroke is a master assassin and is an enemy not only to Batman but also to Green Arrow and the Teen Titans.
Other confirmed stars include Jeremy Irons, who will be reprising his role as Alfred Pennyworth. J.K. Simmons, who will be playing Commissioner Gordon in the Justice League movie, is assumed to reprise his role as well. Jared Leto has expressed interest in reprising his role as the Joker after his first appearance in Suicide Squad.
The Batman solo movie’s release date is yet to be announced, although it is supposedly scheduled to premiere somewhere between the later half of 2018 or 2019.
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