Joe Manganiello Says Ben Affleck's Batman Starts Shooting in Spring 2017

Monday, 17 October 2016 - 5:45PM
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Monday, 17 October 2016 - 5:45PM
Joe Manganiello Says Ben Affleck's Batman Starts Shooting in Spring 2017
We can't wait to see Ben Affleck's Batman movie, and apparently Warner Bros. knows that. Although we still don't have an official release date, Joe Manganiello, who plays the villain Deathstroke, has revealed that it starts shooting in spring of next year.

Last we heard, the Batfleck movie was still very much in pre-production. Affleck said he and Geoff Johns were "working on the script" earlier this month, and denied reports that "The Batman" was the official title, even going so far as to say "there is no Batman movie happening yet."
But now, in an interview with ET, Manganiello said he's "getting ready to go shoot Batman in the spring." Unless he was purposely trying to play coy and trick fans, he probably doesn't mean spring 2018, so it's safe to say that the movie starts filming in about six months. 

Manganiello was first revealed as Deathstroke in September, and has been confirmed as the main villain for the Batman movie. But before that, he'll be introduced in Justice League, as a set photo seemed to confirm that he'll have a scene with Lex Luthor. 

This start date may also hint as to when the movie will come out. There are currently two likely dates that are slated for "untitled DC/Warner Bros." movies: October 5, 2018 and November 1, 2019. While we would love to speculate that it will come out as early as October 2018, that's most likely cutting it a little close, considering how much post-production there will be. So the 2019 date seems more likely, although you never know. Batman is clearly DC's priority at the moment, so if Affleck's schedule allows, we might be seeing it on that 2018 date.
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