Greg Silverman, President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production at Warner Bros., announced that he’s stepping down from his position today to pursue other career interests. But in an exit interview with Deadline, Silverman revealed that Ben Affleck’s Batman movie is scheduled for a 2018 release!
In the interview, Silverman laid out what the next two years at Warner Bros. looks like, to ensure that he’s leaving the company in a position where it can continue to succeed without him.
“Next year, Batman Lego looks like a monster, and King Kong looks like a global hit and we have Chris Nolan’s Dunkirk, and King Arthur, and Wonder Woman, which is such a joy for the studio and fans. Zack Snyder’s Justic League is a big film, and there are others like CHiPS, which feels like a real franchise for the studio. And Toby Emmerich’s films are also really humming.
Then in 2018, there is a second Fantastic Beasts film, and Ready Player One feels like an ambitious movie by the world’s best filmmaker, Steven Spielberg, that will set the world on fire. There is Aquaman with James Wan, and Scooby Doo will be a huge launch and then there is Lego Ninjago. And then there is Ben Affleck’s Batman. I believe the place I love is set to succeed in the long term here and I can be a bit selfish and think, how do I want to live my own life.”
Earlier today, we learned that The Batman is on track to start shooting this spring, so that empty July 2018 release date that Warner Bros. has reserved seems extremely likely!