Warner Bros. Pictures has set The Batman release date for June 25, 2021, and announced (via Deadline) that Ben Affleck won’t be returning as the Caped Crusader, because the movie will focus on a younger Bruce Wayne. Affleck played the character in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, briefly in Suicide Squad, and in Justice League. There is no other film scheduled for that date as of now.
The Batman writer and director Matt Reeves talked about the film earlier with The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale,” Reeves said. “It’s told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it’s going to be a story that will be thrilling but also emotional. It’s more Batman in his detective mode than we’ve seen in the films. The comics have a history of that. He’s supposed to be the world’s greatest detective, and that’s not necessarily been a part of what the movies have been. I’d love this to be one where when we go on that journey of tracking down the criminals and trying to solve a crime, it’s going to allow his character to have an arc so that he can go through a transformation.”
The Planet of the Apes filmmaker was also asked whether there’s been any casting yet. “There will be a Rogues Gallery. The casting process will begin shortly,” he said. “We’re starting to put together our battle plan. I’m doing another pass on the script and we’ll begin some long-lead stuff to start developing conceptual things.”
The film won’t be an adaptation of Batman: Year One. “We’re not doing any particular [comic],” Reeves said previously. “Year One is one of the many comic books that I love. We are definitely not doing Year One. It’s just exciting to be focused very specifically on a tale that is defining for him and very personal to him. Obviously we’re not doing an origin tale or anything like that. We’re doing a story that is definitively Batman though and trying to tell a story that’s emotional and yet is really about him being the world’s greatest detective and all the things that for me, since I was a kid, made me love Batman.”
He added: “I’ve talked about making it a very point of view noir-driven definitive Batman story in which he is investigating a particular case and that takes us out into the world of Gotham.”
Affleck tweeted about the news tonight as well:
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) January 31, 2019