by 👨💻 Graham Pierrepoint
We’ve recently reported on the various ups and downs currently being experienced by the DC cinematic universe and Warner Bros as a studio – and for good reason. Despite a good amount of box office money having been generated for several of the DC-branded movies over the past few years, few have managed to balance this with critical acclaim. Certainly, getting audiences buzzing about Batman and Superman has proven difficult in the past three or four years. Wonder Woman, however, was both a critical and financial win – and it seems hopes are high for Aquaman, which is set to be released very soon indeed.
However, attention has very much been focused on Batman and the various Joker movies currently thought to be in production. Putting the Arkham villain to one side for a while, news has recently emerged that efforts to bring Batman back to the big screen are moving ahead again, with Umberto Gonzalez (of The Wrap) confirming on Twitter that studio bosses are hoping to start production on the Dark Knight’s next movie as soon as summer 2019. This is very big news indeed – particularly as it has all but been confirmed that Ben Affleck will not be taking part. The movie, which has been mooted for some time to be known as simply The Batman, is still shrouded in mystery – though a few more details here and there have eked through in recent days.
Matt Reeves is still very much on board to direct, having reportedly taken the wheel after Affleck’s departure, and it is thought that Warner Bros are more than impressed with his script. This is good news indeed – with various sources suggesting that this may be a golden opportunity for WB to take time out and to consider how best to tackle DC movies in light of Marvel’s continued domination of the box office and critical acclaim. Throw in recent news that Henry Cavill may not be returning as Superman – and that there could be talk of a reboot of sorts taking place with the current DC line – and things suddenly look quite exciting again.
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Quite where Aquaman and Wonder Woman 1984 fit into all of this, it’s not so clear – but with Marvel movies off-screen until at least spring now, it’s perhaps time for their comic rivals to start getting back to the drawing board.