It is no secret that the DC Extended Universe has not had the same smooth ride to success as its Marvel counterpart. However, there are few examples as illustrative of its problems as the stand-alone movie called The Batman, which was announced in 2014 but hasn’t even started filming at this point in time. As a result, one cannot help but wonder whether it might be better for Warner Bros. to cancel it altogether, even though that would never be permitted to happen because of the catastrophic consequences for the DC Extended Universe as a whole.
What Are Some of the Problems with the Stand-Alone Batman Movie?
To understand the extent of The Batman‘s problems, it is important to have some context. First and foremost, Ben Affleck signed up to not just play the titular character but also serve as a producer, a director, and a co-writer with Geoff Johns, who is one of the co-runners of the DC Extended Universe as a whole. For some time, this seemed to have been a fruitful partnership, as shown by the estimate that the movie would start filming in either the first quarter or the second quarter of 2017 as well as the reveal that [easyazon_link identifier=”B00TP04NHW” locale=”US” tag=”tvovermind00a-20″]Deathstroke[/easyazon_link] played by Joe Manganiello would have an important role in its narrative.
Unfortunately, Affleck revealed that The Batman still didn’t have a set script in January of 2017, which was followed by his decision to step down as the director for the stand-alone movie. The rest of the cast was not in much better shape, as shown by a statement from Manganiello that he was not sure whether he was still involved in the movie or not. It was not until late February that [easyazon_link identifier=”B0016HMYEQ” locale=”US” tag=”tvovermind00a-20″]Matt Reeves[/easyazon_link] was brought on to serve as director, who confirmed that the script was being re-written to fall in line with his personal vision in July of the same year. As a result, it seems probable that The Batman will not start filming until 2018, assuming that nothing goes wrong in the following months. An assumption that might be a bit too optimistic considering its history so far.
Should Warner Bros. Cancel the Stand-Alone Batman Movie?
As a result, one cannot help but wonder whether it might be better for Warner Bros. to stop production on The Batman while focusing its resources on related movies such as Batgirl, Nightwing, and Gotham City Sirens for the time being. After all, while it might have sunken significant resources into the movie, its record is not exactly the most inspiring one out there. Never mind how there are plenty of other ways to get Batman onto the movie screen without actually making another Batman movie that is going to have to go up against the [easyazon_link identifier=”B01FJ39CHY” locale=”US” tag=”tvovermind00a-20″]Dark Knight Trilogy[/easyazon_link].
With that said, the chances of The Batman getting cancelled are low at best. After all, Batman is a cornerstone of the DC Extended Universe in much the same sense that Captain America and Iron Man are cornerstones of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As a result, such a clear admission of failure would not just blunt the momentum provided to the shared setting with the recent success of [easyazon_link identifier=”B0714QRG4Z” locale=”US” tag=”tvovermind00a-20″]Wonder Woman[/easyazon_link] but also drag down the rest of the movies that are scheduled for the shared setting with the unwelcome reminder of its failure. Still, it might be too soon to speak too much of doom and gloom considering that the script is getting a thorough re-writing, though interested individuals might want to tamper down their expectations in preparation for further news of The Batman.