Well, that was quick.
With all of the nerdtastic news coming hard-and-fast out of this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, one tantalizing nugget seems to be that Batman fans may be receiving a new stand-alone Batman film sooner than they (and anyone else, for that matter) expected.
I first heard the rumors on Kevin Smith’s popular “Fatman on Batman” podcast last week, in which it was teased that Ben Affleck will reportedly star, direct and co-write the movie, entitled “The Batman” with DC Comics Chief Creative Officer and superstar writer, Geoff Johns.
Despite the immensely popular “Dark knight” trilogy by Christopher Nolan concluding only a few years ago, reports say that Affleck and Johns are almost done with their first pass of, “The Batman” script and are expected to turn it in to DC Comics parent company, Warner Bros, by the end of the summer.
Now, as a diehard Batman fan, I have not made any secret of the fact that Ben Affleck would not have been my preferred first choice to play my favorite Caped Crusader …however, I have been extremely encouraged by what I’ve seen coming out of the production for the much anticipated, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and will reserve judgement until I see “BatFleck” in action.
Truth be known, once I saw the obvious homage to Frank Miller’s seminal, “The Dark Knight Returns,” I felt more comfortable walking myself back from the proverbial ledge and taking a ‘wait and see’ approach to how the (legendary) material would be reflected on screen.
But a new Batman movie, so soon?
Sure, I’ve come to terms with the fact that Ben Affleck would be playing Batman within a Superman movie (an important distinction), and likely in a future Justice League film …but a standalone movie in which he is officially, “The New Batman?”
Is this just taking a play out of the Marvel handbook, to capitalize on individual character trilogies and standalone films, that will eventually converge into one massive “Avengers” style trilogy, but with the Justice League?
As a huge fan, I’ll take a new Batman movie whenever I can get it …but is there a risk of creating Batman-fatigue?
Don’t get me wrong. Affleck certainly looks the part physically, and despite what he did with Daredevil and other flops in the past, he is clearly a talented director and actor. Maybe a bit too “vanilla” for how I envision Batman, but not the worst choice, either.
I liken his selection to the same ‘selection by committee and focus group’ process that likely chose George Clooney to don the cowl. But I digress.
The fact that Johns is on-board and co-writing the script is a big plus in my book, and (yet again) pulls me back from the edge of the gargoyle and thinking, “Hold on. This could be good.”
And, if I’m being completely honest with myself, the moment I see Affleck put on the suit for the first time, I’m going to be giddy as fuck because, Batman.
Final Thought: No More Batman Origin Stories, Please
I doubt that there is a person on this planet that does not know the origin of how Batman began.
But only 3 years after the last Batman film was released – and only a couple more before the next one will presumably come out – I think it’s safe to assume that we can finally jump right back into the cowl and start punching evildoers in their turkey necks. Agreed?
Feel free to share your thoughts on “The Batman” in the comment section!