DC Batman Movie's Director Teases Villains And Release Date

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The upcoming film will reportedly centre on a much younger version of Bruce Wayne than Affleck portrayed, necessitating a change in casting.

The Batman, which Cloverfield director Reeves will both write and direct, will be released on 25 June 2021. The actor was originally slated to reprise the role in The Batman, which he was also going to direct. Reeves boarded the project as the new director in February 2017.

But Reeves' take on the Gotham mythology apparently won't, as previous rumour had it, be based on the plot of Frank Miller's cult comic book Batman: Year One.

The report from THR also goes on to talk about whether this is a sequel to Suicide Squad or a complete reboot of the franchise? WB has scheduled the movie for an August 2021 release, which should give plenty of time to develop this fully. It feels like a preemptive move to get out ahead of any official Marvel announcements, as we patiently wait for news after Avengers: Endgame. The comics have a history of that. I know that Jake Gyllenhaal had been in the running for some time (he's about 8 years younger than Affleck), but now that he's playing Mysterio in the MCU - that itch may have finally been scratched.

Batman's movie appearances of late have focused on the Dark Knight's more physical side.

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While we're sorry to see the last hope that Gunn might be welcomed back into the MCU fold, we're intrigued to see what he does with one of DC's more controversial's properties, which was met with negative reviews but still scored at the box office.

James Gunn, formerly of Guardians of the Galaxy, is set to direct, with a host of new characters coming in to replace the likes of Deadshot, Captain Boomberang and Killer Croc.

What makes Affleck's turn as Batman so curious is that his Batman exists in this odd No Man's Land where he's a part of superhero movies, but he doesn't have a superhero movie to call his own. He's also expected to use "mostly an all-new cast".

"I always thought there could be a really good movie made about Batman", he said of Christopher Nolan's film, which went on to spawn two blockbuster sequels. "I am incredibly honored and excited to be working with Warner Bros to bring an epic and emotional new take on the Caped Crusader to the big screen".

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