Still no confirmation of Ben Affleck’s status as Batman.
Reports indicate that Matt Reeves’ The Batman will begin shooting in November.
Per The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision newsletter (via Batman News), it appears this solo flick is likely to begin filming by November 2019. THR’s Aaron Couch and Borys Kit discussed the news, with Couch presuming Ben Affleck won’t be donning the black cowl.
Upon Couch asking when we might get news on The Batman’s casting, Kit said “The script is basically in, although Reeves will continue tweaking it and working on it. And I’m hearing the studio wants to start shooting in November. So let’s say between now and then?”
The Batman has been through a complicated journey during is planning and pre-production stages. In 2017, Batman actor Ben Affleck claimed that he would be directing a Batman solo film. Only a few weeks later it was confirmed that he would not be directing the film, but would remain on the project as an actor and producer. Since then, various rumors began surfacing that Affleck might not reprise the role after all and would instead finish his tenure in the DC Extended Universe as Batman in Suicide Squad 2.
Matt Reeves, known for his work on War for the Planet of the Apes and Cloverfield, was later announced as a co-writer, co-producer and director for the film. He said last year that he intends to film The Batman in 2019, confirming that the movie won’t be a Year One adaptation. He also clarified that The Batman will be part of the DCEU.
Colin Stevens is a news writer for IGN. Follow him on Twitter.