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Ben Affleck’s First ‘Batman’ Solo Outing Due in 2019?

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Last week, a guess of Warner Bro’s long-term plan for its DC Comics movie series was leaked online.  The list plots the studios’ plans for DC through 2018; featuring the already-announced Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Justice League, as well as standalone films for Wonder Woman, a Superman Man of Steel sequel, and even a Flash & Green Lantern team-up.  While the list is all but rumor, odds are we will get a similar list officially revealed at San Diego Comic Con next month.

To many people’s surprise, a new Batman solo adventure starring Ben Affleck was absent from the list; leaving to the imagination that we would likely see one either in late 2018 or 2019, at the earliest.  After thinking about it, though, is 2019 really that far away? We are already guaranteed to see the Caped Crusader twice before then in Batman v Superman and Justice League, so it’s honestly not as far off as people think.

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Now, we may have a bit more insight into DC’s plans for Batfleck.  Take this with a fair grain of salt, as Latino Review reports that Affleck will indeed star in his own Batman solo outing, and claiming it will happen in 2019.  In addition, the site also reveals that the standalone may already have a working title – The Batman.  

I, personally am incredibly eager to see a Ben Affleck Batman movie.  Odds are that Affleck will not only star, but quite possibly direct and/or write the movie.  It makes sense, with Affleck’s short-but-sweet track record of directing incredible crime/political thrillers.

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While 2019 may seem a bit of a wait at five years out, don’t forget that we will be seeing Batman on the big screen twice before then, with pretty significant roles.  Five years will also give regular audiences a bit of breathing room for the character after the box office-thrashing Nolan trilogy.

A lot of the feedback I’ve noticed so far in response is people worrying about Affleck’s age come time for this solo flick.  My response is simple; don’t fret, the man will only be 44 or 45 when the movie would even supposedly shoot.  Not old whatsoever in terms of superhero acting (see: Hugh Jackman).

Are you excited to see the Dark Knight on the big screen once, twice, or three times more?

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters on May 6th, 2016, directed by Zack Snyder.

– Josh Sazin, 6/19/14

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