REVENGE REPORT: Breaking Down Yesterday’s Big DC Rumors About Superman, Batman, and The Flash
On yesterday’s El Fanboy Podcast, I dropped a bunch of nuggets about Superman, Batman, and The Flash that I now see are making the rounds on the web. Since I know that not everyone listens to podcasts, and since I don’t want anything I shared to get misinterpreted or misrepresented, I’m going to highlight everything in written form here.
Firstly, it should be noted that I made crystal clear that none of these things are scoops or exclusives of mine. What I did on yesterday’s show was pass along what I heard from a WB source of mine when I asked them about some other people’s reports; Namely Collider’s recent rumor about Superman’s expanded role in the DCU, Borys Kit and Umberto Gonzalez’s recent assertions that Flashpoint has been reverted back to a solo The Flash movie, and general whispers I’ve been hearing that Ben Affleck is officially out.
With such big claims making the rounds, I thought it prudent to reach out to some people I trust who work for the studio and have occasionally shared intel with me. They don’t tend to help create rumors, because they don’t want to get in trouble. What they prefer to do is simply Confirm or Deny any scuttlebutt going around the web to help quell bogus rumors before they spread everywhere.
So let’s go beat by beat on what they said regarding Superman, The Flash, and Batman:
Man of Steel 2
This was the biggie. There have been reports going around lately that Henry Cavill’s Superman is going to become the glue of the DCU. I asked if there was anything to that and they said there absolutely is. They say they’ve been hearing about all kinds of big plans for Superman, and that the studio is trying to line everything up for not only cameos in other DC films, but to have him finally (finally!!) get a proper sequel in theaters in 2020.
As such, they’re meeting with directors, and they’re allowing Cavill to have a say in who gets the job. Pretty nifty, and- personally- I think that bodes well for Christopher McQuarrie. Just sayin’.
The Flash / Flashpoint
On the reverting of Flashpoint to simply The Flash, thus nixing a film that would’ve been another big crossover spectacle on par with Batman v Superman, I was told that’s true. As they put it: “Flashpoint is toast.”
I go into great detail about what a bold and important decision that is on the podcast.
With regard to Ben Affleck’s future as Batman, this insider has always erred on the side of caution. They always say that things seem to be going a certain way, but they’re always careful to add “But that could change.”
Not this time.
During this conversation, things were very decisive. When characterizing Affleck’s future in the role, they alternated between terms like “Toast,” “Gone,” and “Done.”
No hedging of bets this time, which I found very telling.
What’s It All Mean?
As I stated several times on the show, I’m only comfortable sharing this stuff as mere gossip (“bochinche”) and rumors. This is Hollywood. Things shift, change, and evolve all the time.
But what’s at the heart of all this is what I think is most important, and that’s that Superman has become a top priority to DC brass, that they’re shying away from big crossover events in favor of steadily building towards a big event down the line, and that the idea of Affleck being gone has never been more widespread and expected than it is at this very moment; even people who work for the studio are adamant he’s done.
Hope you got something out of all this. I know I did, and that’s the belief that the DCU franchise is moving confidently towards the future instead of trying to “fix” the past or repeat old mistakes.
Oh, and that they’re finally going to give my boy Superman his day in the sun.
Thanks for reading!
14 thoughts on “REVENGE REPORT: Breaking Down Yesterday’s Big DC Rumors About Superman, Batman, and The Flash”
Thank you 😁
I definitely had you in mind, Frank!
Idris Elba to take over as The Batman! Just kidding but I’m not a fan of the Jake Gyllenhaal rumours that were buzzing around some time ago. Not opposed to the Jon Hamm suggestion. Regardless, I hope we get solid storytelling going forward.
I’d be happy with Gyllenhaal as Batman.
Exciting report, Mario. yes, if WB want extraordinary results, they must keep Superman as the connective tissue of DCEU, and build a solid shared universe first (like Marvel) with individual films, and then go for the big shared movies like JL. Batman is cool, but he already had a perfect trilogy. We need to give him a break. It’s time for Superman. He is one of the biggest character of all time and with good stories and directors, he can do wonders. As a lifelong DC comics book fan and a filmmaker myself, I can’t wait to see more Superman films with directors like Christopher McQuarrie, Steven Spielberg or Peter Jackson. Let’s get to work my friends.
I think it would be awesome for Superman to be the “glue” of the DCU! If the rumor that he’ll be appearing in Shazam! pans out, then that’ll be the start of that, which is exciting. Henry is amazing as Superman, and the more of him the better. I especially can’t wait for Man of Steel 2 of course, so hopefully it is indeed only two years away — that would be SUPER news! I’m still holding out hope Steven S. DeKnight will get the job! If McQuarrie gets it, I wouldn’t have any qualms, but I haven’t seen any of his films.
I would’ve preferred for The Flash to be “Flashpoint”, because I really wanted to see Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Thomas Wayne Batman, but I’m totally fine with them just making it a solo film too. That might be more up the alley of John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein given their past work. “Flashpoint” is a very dark story in the comics, and Daley and Goldstein are more experienced with lighthearted fare. That’s not to say that they couldn’t pull off a darker movie, but a lighter solo Flash movie might be more comfortable for them. I’m excited to see what they do!
As for Ben leaving the role of Batman, that would be a HUGE bummer for me. He’s one of the best live-action Batmen we’ve ever had, and I think it will be a TRAVESTY if he’s never does even one solo film. There are lots of great potential replacements out there, and if whoever gets cast kills it then I’m sure I’ll absolutely love it, but I don’t think I’d ever completely get over the fact that we never got to see Ben star in a solo movie.
DeKnight will NEVER direct Superman.
Never say never.
I will say it. NEVER!
Ben Affleck was a brilliant Batman.. Till a clown brought him down to a one line useless “jokefest” in justice league. If they are continuing with that sad trope, it’s better that Ben goes out. I’d rather remember him as a comic book near accurate hero than this clown we got.
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You know at some point it did seem with SS they wanted Batman to be the “connective tissue”. Glad to see it’s Supes. I hope they keep pushing forward with this and get it done.
I just hope the suit and chest S symbol is more like the MOS suit with some tweaks than the kinda weird looking one in JL. Maybe Cahill wasn’t as big in JL and they used too much of that shiny under padding?