By Will Ashton
While the world still tries to get its head around the idea that Ben Affleck is going to be the new Batman, while also continuing to spread rumors that Bryan Cranston is going to be playing Lex Luther, more details continue to be leaked about the upcoming production of the Man of Steel sequel.
According to Heat Vision, the movie, i.e. Superman vs. Batman, Batman vs. Superman, Man of Steel 2, Ecks vs. Sever, etc., is going to be beginning production this February. The film is set to come out on July 17, 2015, so this will give the heads at Warner Bros. a little more than a year to get the film finished and ready for audiences to see.
Additionally, they revealed that Affleck will film David Fincher’s Gone Girl from September to February, then will go directly into starring in the superhero movie. While it was believed that Affleck would also be directing this latest film Live By Night before he got down to his new duties in the cape, Heat Vision reveals that production on the film will now be filming next fall. Affleck will be balancing the filming of Batman vs. Superman and pre-production on Live By Night simultaneously so that he can go directly into filming his latest directorial effort once he’s done being Batman.
Before selected fans can be relieved at the prospect of Affleck not being Batman, however, there is also talk being spread that this will not be a one-and-done role for the actor. Sources have told Heat Vision that Affleck has signed on for multiple films, should the film be successful. This would likely include a standalone film with Affleck and a role in the wildly talked-about Justice League movie, among other projects.
As reported before, Affleck was once asked to direct both Man of Steel and Justice League, with him also being offered the part of Batman in the later film as well. It is possible, though, that, with his deal, he’ll be able to also direct the standalone film and/or the Justice League film.
We’ll have to see what happens, but I’m definitely more interested in seeing Affleck in the role than others. I won’t get too into my thoughts at the moment, as I am currently debating whether to publish my first editorial piece on the topic in the next couple days, but I’m super, super excited for this movie after seeing Man of Steel, and it remains one of my most anticipated movies of 2015. Yes, even above The Avengers: Age of Ultron.