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According to the folks at JoBlo, they’re hearing from their sources that the still not yet actually announced solo Batman film (that is reportedly co-written by Ben Affleck and Geoff Johns, with Affleck in place to direct), will center on The Red Hood:

The basic plotline of Affleck’s solo Batfilm is that Jason Todd has returned from the grave as the Red Hood, working in the shadows to make people think he’s Batman, while making  Batman look like a criminal. At the same time he leaves clues about his identity for Bruce/Batman to ultimately solve, leading to a confrontation that will involve Batman, Red Hood, and yes, The Joker, who will feature as a primary villain alongside Red Hood.

Judd Winick’s tale of the return of long-dead Robin Jason Todd has surprisingly been one of the more omnipresent recent bits of Batman lore, having also been adapted as a pretty great animated feature and playing a major part in *SPOILERS, AVERT YOUR EYES NOW* in the recent Arkham Knight video game.

As you can see in the image above ripped from the recent trailer, it definitely looks like there’s a dead Robin in the DC movie universe. Though, which one it could be, we may not know until March when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits screens.

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Given the success of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which has a similar former sidekick resurrection hook, one could see how this premise would be attractive to the WB brass, if any of this comes to pass. It’s something to mull over for the weekend, if nothing else.

 

 

4 COMMENTS

  1. I can’t help but feel Affleck is squandering his talents as he pursues the big bucks of a comic-book franchise. Did he learn nothing from DAREDEVIL? Mark Harris put it best in an article in August:

    “Last week brought the dispiriting news that Ben Affleck, who pretty much had his pick of projects after Argo, has, for the second time, postponed his adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s novel Live by Night. When the adaptation was first announced almost three years ago, it felt like an ideal project for him — a rematch with a novelist, a milieu, and a genre for which he has a real feel. But the film, once scheduled to open this December, and then moved to October 2016, is now slated for “2017.”

    “Let’s keep that date in quotes, because Affleck is now going to follow Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with The Justice League Part One and then, apparently, a standalone Batman movie, after which one imagines he will show up for The Justice League Part Two and perhaps another couple of Batman films since everything is a trilogy now. That plan — let’s call it the Full Downey — would, by my calculations, keep him in the cowl and cape until sometime around his 50th birthday in 2022, a strange turn of events for an actor I thought had been cured of this particular hunger after emerging sadder but wiser from Daredevil a dozen years back.

    “Affleck, after all, is the guy who starred in the George Reeves drama Hollywoodland, which in retrospect looks like a pretty prescient cautionary tale about what running around pretending to be a superhero can do to your insides. … Maybe he’ll be great; maybe these movies will be great; maybe everything will be great. But Affleck is a talented director, and those are a lot of prime midlife years to hand over to seeing how severe and menacing you can make the lower half of your face look.”

    https://grantland.com/hollywood-prospectus/the-fantastic-four-fallout-the-future-of-comic-book-franchises/

  2. I do wonder what the impetus was for Affleck to sign on the dotted line. Presumably money, but has playing Batman been something he’s always wanted to do? Was it a matter of “I’ll do it so long as I have as much creative control as I want” thus the Terrio hiring right after his casting announcement? A year later and I still haven’t really wrapped my head around it.

    On the other hand, his Batman looks pretty great, and I’m betting he’ll be the best thing about the movie (he or Eisenberg).

  3. I’m reserving judgment on Affleck’s Batman until I see the movie. I’m old enough to remember the outrage when Michael Keaton was cast in the role. Of course, when the 1989 movie came out, almost everyone thought Keaton was perfect.

    BTW, I thought Affleck deserved an Oscar nomination for his George Reeves in HOLLYWOODLAND.

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