If the rumor about Warner Bros. plans to release four different Batman-related films in one year seemed too good to be true, well, that’s because it probably is.
Earlier this week a 4chan user got everyone excited for the possibility of 2019’s DC Film slate and how the company plans to celebrate the Dark Knight’s 80th anniversary. It’s certainly an ambitious plan and one that had many people excited for the future of Warner’s superhero universe.
The unsubstantiated rumor from an anonymous poster stated that Gotham City Sirens, Nightwing, Batgirl, and the Batman would all be scheduled for release that year.
However, DC Films producer seemed to put some doubt into that plan when he tweeted, tagging Geoff Johns. The post on social media doesn’t outright deny that such a plan is in the works, but it does frame the “news” as rumor mongering. Then Johns responded and added fuel to the fire.
Hey @geoffjohns why didn't you tell me we were releasing 4 Batman movies in 2019? Can we increase that to 10?— jon berg (@thejonberg) April 11, 2017
Jon Berg was promoted to help Johns run DC Films after the mixed results from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The two were brought in to course correct the shared universe of superhero movies after Zack Snyder’s financially successful yet critically panned movie.
So if anyone would know about the plan for multiple Bat-family films in one year, it’s Berg. And he doesn’t gain anything from squashing a rumor if it’s true—it would be best to let the buzz build with optimism, as that seemed to do.
But Berg’s and Johns' tweet casts serious doubt on the validity of the rumor, and the fact that he spoke out about it at all means that it got on his radar and he felt compelled to speak about it. Maybe to prevent the inevitable questions and assumptions he’d get from reporters should it gain steam.
Never the less, we hope to hear about DC Films slate for the next couple of years pretty soon. As it stands, Aquaman seems to be the only film on the calendar for 2018, though when they delayed its premiere from October to December that seemed to free up another film.
Could we see a fast-tracked Suicide Squad 2 or the Flash? Neither film has a director at this point, and we’re still only hearing rumblings of the Gotham City Sirens movie. Plus the Batman recently locked down Matt Reeves, who is probably going through a pass at the script before they move forward with that project.
The Batgirl and Nightwing announcements got fans excited for the future. We’ll see how DC Films builds on that goodwill when Wonder Woman releases in theaters June 3. At this point, the Batman does not have a release date.