When it comes to the DC Extended Universe, it seems things are always in flux. Movies get moved around with scheduling, and directors will come and go as they please. Most recently, films like The Batman have undergone the most revision with staffing, but Warner Bros. isn’t shying away from the title. Fans learned that Matt Reeves was brought onto The Batman after Ben Affleck stepped down from the directorial position. And, now, reports have surfaced that production on The Batman has a tentative start date.
Over on Twitter, a noted DC Comics insider and Variety reporter has shared information about the film he’s garnered from persona sources. Justin Kroll recently tweeted he’s heard Reeves is contracted to work on War for the Planet of the Apes until the end of June. As such, it seems production on The Batman will likely not get underway until 2018.
Later, Kroll then tweeted about The Batman and its casting. He said “any casting rumors you hear are likely BS” because Reeves won’t have time to meet with talent until July.
Kroll’s social media posts are not the only updates fans have gotten about The Batman. At the beginning of March, an official heads-up came from Joe Manganiello who will play Deathstroke. In an interview with ChefIrvine, the star was asked about The Batman, and Manganiello was optimistic about the superhero flick’s progress.
“They have big plans for this movie. Whether or not we start exactly on that date or in June, whatever it is, it doesn’t matter. Here’s the thing: The creative process needs to be respected and no one involved in this film wants to make anything less than an unbelievable film, a legendary film,” he said.
“The movie will start shooting whenever those pieces are in place and we know this is gonna be something that we’re proud of. What we’re not gonna do is be backed into a start date, scrambling to get something off the ground just to get it off the ground. Everyone involved wants to make this the best film possible, so that’s really what it’s about. It’s funny how the media likes to run with, 'Oh there’s trouble!' 'Oh, the script needs to be revised!' They’re drama queens. There’s a creative process, and everyone on the cast and crew wants to make this the best movie possible. So that’s what we’re gonna do. When we start shooting it, we’ll start shooting it. It will be soon, I can say that. Here’s the thing: No one wants to create that superhero movie that’s polarizing to fans and critics. Rest assured, we’re gonna do this thing right."
Hearing Matt Reeves contracted to work on APES till at least end of June, so production on BATMAN likely not starting till 2018— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) March 14, 2017
Also means any casting rumors you hear are likely BS seeing that he wouldn't have time to meet with any talent till at least July— Justin Kroll (@krolljvar) March 14, 2017
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