**SPOILERS AHEAD** “Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice” hasn’t been released yet, and Ben Affleck is currently shooting “Live By Night” (see below), and will spend a good chunk of next year wearing the cowl again as filming gets underway for the two-part “Justice League.” So, the planned solo Batman movie is a long way off, and when asked about possibly directing it, Affleck even said he’d need to see a finished script first. But that’s not to say Warner Bros. and DC Comics aren’t making long term plans, and David Goyer even teased as much in a recent interview with The Daily Beast.
“I didn’t want to be an architect of [the DC movies],” Goyer said about turning down a guru role for the upcoming movies. “I love it, but I’ve done a lot of comic book stuff and I want to do some non-comic book stuff. Between the ‘Dark Knight’ films, ‘Man of Steel,’ and ‘Batman v. Superman’ that’s five, and there are a couple others I’m involved in that haven’t been announced. It’s a lot. You don’t want to keep repeating yourself over and over again.” Maybe the Affleck Batman movies are the pictures Goyer will be involved in?
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That speculation aside, JoBlo reports that they’ve heard details about the plot for the solo Batman movie. As always, take it with a grain of salt, but it’s intriguing to explore.
According to the site, the big deal about the solo movie is that it will introduce The Red Hood, a.k.a. Jason Todd. He’s killed by The Joker in the seminal Batman comic “A Death In The Family,” but is resurrected thanks to the Lazarus Pit, and takes on a new identity. In the “Batman” movie, he will apparently return and work in secret, trying to frame the Dark Knight as a villain, while leaving clues for Bruce Wayne to find regarding his true identity. It will all build to a finale that has a showdown between Batman, Red Hood, and Joker, the latter also being a pivotal villain in the picture. But that’s not all. Dick Grayson, a.k.a. Nightwing will step in to help Batman, and we’ll see the character referenced in ‘Batman v Superman,’ though he won’t actually appear.
Again, this is just a rumor, and given we’re still years away from the movie happening, a lot of this can change as the plot goes through the development process. However, the introduction of new characters from the Bat-verse that haven’t been seen on the big screen yet makes a lot of sense. Thoughts? Share ’em below.
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