2019 marks Batman's 80th anniversary and it looks like DC might be designating it the year of the Bat with a gargantuan SIX Batverse movies coming out over the year.
If that sounds insane – which it does – consider the slate. According to a post on a DCEU Leaks reddit (yes we know, not exactly an official announcement – more on this later), the comic book movie studio is eyeing the live action movies The Batman, Gotham City Sirens, Nightwing and Batgirl all for 2019, with an additional two Batman animated movies on the way, one of which will be an adaptation of The Long Halloween.
That is some bold planning.
The post in full reads:
- The plan for 2019 is to release four Batman related films. Gotham City Sirens around Valentine's Day weekend, Nightwing on Memorial Day weekend, Batgirl in August and The Batman in November. The studio is doing this to celebrate the 80th Anniversary of Batman.
- The Batman film will still have Deathstroke but not as a main villain. Matt Reeves wants to do a larger scale Batman film that will include the Bat family as well as most of Batman's rogues.
- In addition, two Batman animated films are also planned for 2019. One will be an adaptation of The Long Halloween.
- Grant Wilson might be the villain for the Nightwing solo film. He is hired by Roland Desmond to take out all the mob bosses in Blüdhaven.
- Suicide Squad 2 or Dark Universe will most likely be taking Aquaman's previous release date.
- Mel Gibson is no longer the front runner to direct the Suicide Squad sequel. Jaume Collet-Serra and Ruben Fleischer are now the top candidates. The script is currently being written with a story pitch given by [David] Ayer. Killer Frost will be the new female lead to replace Harley Quinn.
- The Dark Universe script is going through final rewrites. Guillermo Del Toro's old treatment was used as a base and was rewritten to connect to the universe. If [Doug] Liman is ready, filming could start as early as summer.
- Four movies are also planned for 2020. Warner Bros wants to do two low budget/smaller scale films and two big budget/larger scale films per year.
- Jonathan Levine is in talks to direct The Flash. The film will most likely release in 2020.
- Matthew Vaughn will most likely write the Man of Steel sequel if he takes on the directional duties.
So if we were to take this as gospel, there's a whole raft of updates to come.
What we do know is that Cloverfield and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes man Matt Reeves is on board to direct The Batman, while David Ayer is having another go in the DCEU after Suicide Squad with Gotham City Sirens.
We should state that an unqualified source on reddit is hardly the most reliable of outlets, and 2019 isn't that far off. It's highly plausible that DC would want to do something massive in the 80th year of the Bat, but whether it'll manage to knock six features out by then remains to be seen.
Look for the bat signal as soon as we have news.
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