Ben Affleck’s Batman Delays Zack Snyder’s Justice League 2

batman-ben-affleckBy Danny F. Santos (doddleNEWS)

Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment are still working out the kinks of their DC Extended Universe films. So far, all three released films have been critically panned, and they seem to get worse and worse after every release. There’s a definite hope that Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman will break that pattern and deliver the best film in the shared universe.

Gal Gadot in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice was one of the best things in it, along with the surprise that Ben Affleck delivered a fantastic Batman. So much so that there’s some excitement around the project which is to be written and directed by Affleck. The question of when it will be released was assumed to be the November 2019 (or even the rumored 2018 release), but it seems that, according to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will take Justice League 2’s release date of June 14, 2019. This opens up the door for director Zack Snyder shoot his long-in-development passion project, The Last Photograph.

This kind of shuffling isn’t new, and Marvel has been known to do it, as well. I’m not entirely certain whether this is the case or not but I do wonder how far the screenplay for Justice League 2 has come along. If The Batman is farther down the development pipeline then it makes sense to delay Justice League. Suicide Squad has shown what happens when you don’t develop a screenplay enough, with David Ayer having only six weeks to write that script from scratch.

So when is Justice League 2 hitting the screen? Assuming no more changes to the schedule, this is the outlook for Warners’ upcoming DC films:

  1. Wonder Woman: June 2, 2017 (Post-production)
  2. Justice League: November 17, 2017 (Filming)
  3. The Flash:  March 16, 2018 (Pre-production)
  4. Aquaman: October 5, 2018 (Pre-Production)
  5. Shazam: April 5, 2019 (In Development)
  6. Justice League 2: June 14, 2019 (In Development)
  7. Untitled DC Film: November 1, 2019 (In Development)
  8. Cyborg: April 3, 2020 (In Development)
  9. Green Lantern Corps: July 24, 2020 (In Development)

The most likely slot for Justice League 2 to premiere would be four and a half months after the new The Batman release date of June 14, 2019. That’s a very reasonable assumption, but with The Last Photograph probably shooting in late 2017, Justice League 2 will have to shoot right after in early to mid 2018 — meaning Snyder will be shooting one film and handling post-production on the other. That’s not undoable, but considering the strain of shooting a massive tentpole, he’ll be incredibly busy. What I want to know is when is the next Man of Steel film going to premiere?

Sources: The Hollywood Reporter, NYT

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