The Batman finally receives release date; Ben Affleck won’t return


After months of anticipation, rumors, and speculation, Matt Reeves’ The Batman finally revealed its release date, but it’s not around the corner.

For months, if not years, Matt Reeves’ long-awaited reboot of Batman was loaded with anticipation, rumors, and speculation on what will develop. They surrounded the film’s release date, if Ben Affleck will return as the Caped Crusader and the potential villains to surround this classic DC Comics hero.

Well, at long last, there’s an answer to the situation. Per DeadlineThe Batman will hit theaters on June 25, 2021. Affleck, who commented on Twitter, will not return as the titular character, however, with a search underway.

It took a while, but this is the closest thing to concrete news for The Batman since Reeves took over for Affleck as the director in 2017.

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When this film arrives, it will be the first Batman-centric picture since 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, the conclusion of director Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed trilogy. Movies on Gotham’s savior have spanned well before this, as well, dating back decades.

Now, the focus shifts towards who takes over for Affleck. Unfortunately, given the two-plus year wait, it might take a while. The same goes for production, as these blockbuster films can start the process about one year before, so the rest of 2019 could prove silent for Reeves’ work — maybe into 2020.

The wait should prove worthwhile, though, as anticipation builds for The Batman. There are plenty of DC productions to happen in between that soften the blow, including Shazam, Wonder Woman 1984, Birds of Prey, The Flash, maybe an Aquaman sequel and more.

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Of course, everything can change in between with so much time. Film studios often shift release dates, whether pushed them forward or backward. Either way, there’s some clarity towards The Batman, and it’s all that matters.