I've been digging as hard as I can, and so I just need to note: No one's talking.
Remember, I broke that story just as Justice League was opening. Following that ho-hum opening weekend, DC Entertainment seemingly went underground. My sources at Warner Bros. have made it clear that DC is, essentially, hibernating for the winter. They're taking time to assess exactly how to proceed on everything, and they don't want to discuss anything that may leak to the press until Justice League's theatrical run is over.
This means that anything related to Ben Affleck, Jake Gyllenhaal, and the solo Batman movie is on the back-burner for now. The film isn't likely to come out until 2020, meaning they don't need to have a finished script for another year, and they don't need to have the Affleck situation sorted out until then either.
While I can comfortably share with you that, at one point, Warner Bros. was pushing to film The Batman last April and were even setting aside the stages for it at their California studios, there's currently no urgency to get the film made. They learned, the hard way, what happens when you rush things. They're giving Reeves whatever time he needs to get this done right.
And if he can't have Affleck, Gyllenhaal is who he wants.
MAN OF STEEL 2?
But now, similar to what's going on with The Batman, the information trail has gone cold.
This doesn't mean MOS 2 is off the table. It only means that DC Entertainment has cooled off on discussing things for now. They're taking in all of the feedback and data regarding Justice League's performance, and they're taking time to carefully assess the situation.
It calls to mind what LucasFilm did last year, at this very time. Kathleen Kennedy said publicly, prior to the release of Rogue One, that the company would convene in January to determine the future of the Star Wars franchise. At the time, they had just invested in an expensive- and extensive- overhaul of Rogue One. They wanted to see how that film was received, then use that information to course the path for future SW films- i.e. Would they kick off another Trilogy after Episode IX? or Would they move into a Standalone-Only model after Episode IX?
It took some time, but we now know what LucasFilm decided after those January meetings- with Rian Johnson getting hired to oversee a whole new Trilogy, and no announcements about other standalones beyond Solo: A Star Wars Story.
With Man of Steel 2, we're going to have to take that wait-and-see approach.
Personally, I hope they still pull the trigger on fast-tracking it. I want to see Cavill get another shot at Superman, now that the theatrical cut finally introduced us to a version of the character that's clicking with mass audiences. And, considering he's one of only two things that have received universal praise about Justice League, I don't think the studio will punish Superman by rebooting him.
JUSTICE LEAGUE: EXTENDED CUT
1. How much of an Extension are we talking here?
At this point, it's too soon to tell. They haven't started editing the Extended Cut yet, so there's no way of knowing if it'll 5-10 extra minutes of additional material, or something more substantial.
2. Will it be Snyder stuff or Whedon stuff?
As I said in the tweet, it's an extended version of the Theatrical Cut- which means it could very well have more Snyder stuff! I'm sure that should excite some of you, and I hope it does. Because everything is fair game here. Any Snyder material that is deemed to enhance the film, will be included in the Extended Cut. Remember, the movie currently in theaters is a patchwork of both Snyder and Whedon's work, so the Extended Cut will be more of that.
3. What about things like Darkseid and Superman's Black Suit?
See, this is where the Snyder stuff ends. The material of his that absolutely will not be included is anything that outright contradicts the theatrical cut. That means that anything related to Darkseid will remain on the cutting room floor, for the simple reason that Darkseid is no longer the plan (as I outlined in this exclusive report).
Think about it. It would make absolutely no sense to continue dropping hints about Darkseid if there are currently no plans for him to be the antagonist in Justice League 2. Heck, there aren't even any plans for a Justice League 2 at the moment! All of that team-up stuff, outside of Flashpoint, is in limbo now. It's likely to happen someday, just not any time soon. Their focus right now is on giving us a few years of solo movies.
So including anything that sets up things that may never happen would be foolhardy. And you should be happy about that, because otherwise you'd end up with a bad case of cinematic blue balls!
When it comes to the black suit, that's another thing we're unlikely to see. Since Superman's return was totally reworked, there's just no place for it in the film anymore. It would only work if they showed us an alternate version of his rebirth, but that's not what this is. This is an Extended Cut, not an Alternate Cut.
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PS. There won't be a hard reboot of the DC Films Universe.