The Batman Will Come Out in 2018, Says a Warner Bros. Exec

Thursday, 15 December 2016 - 11:04AM
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Thursday, 15 December 2016 - 11:04AM
The Batman Will Come Out in 2018, Says a Warner Bros. Exec
In spite of reports to the contrary, The Batman is full steam ahead, as a Warner Bros. executive confirmed today. President of Creative Development Greg Silverman stepped down from his position earlier this week, and in his exit statement, he confirmed all of the studio's upcoming slate for the next two years. Here's what he told Deadline about 2018:
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In 2018, there is a second Fantastic Beasts film, and Ready Player One feels like an ambitious movie by the world's best filmmaker, Steven Spielberg, that will set the world on fire. There is Aquaman with James Wan, and Scooby Doo will be a huge launch and then there is Lego Ninjago. And then there is Ben Affleck's Batman.
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Recently, Ben Affleck said that the Batman script wasn't written yet, and that he wasn't in any rush to make it, which made us think that it might not shoot in spring after all. But then, he amended that they're "finishing up" the script, and that everything is on track to shoot next year. Now, Silverman's comments seem to confirm that the studio is aiming for a 2018 release date.

None of this comes as too much of a surprise, but it does mean that Warner Bros. is shaking up their lineup a bit. Originally, The Flash was slated to come out in 2018 along with Aquaman, with Shazam and Justice League 2 set for 2019. There were recent reports that Justice League 2 would be pushed off for Batman, but if the latter is coming out in 2018, it's likely replacing The Flash (which was likely to be delayed after losing yet another director), and The Flash will take the 2019 slot, with Justice League 2 taking a later release date, either Shazam's or in 2020. We'll have to wait for the official announcement, but at the very least, The Batman seems to be getting its due priority at Warner Bros.
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